Students often follow wasteful and inefficient procedures in studying mathematics. Sometimes they fail to get at the first step of a process. They do not develop self-reliance. They proceed unsystematically and cannot concentrate. They are careless in their reading, in their listening and in their written work. The teacher must enable the learners to appreciate and grasp the specific procedures which are helpful in the study of particular parts or aspects of the work.

This list of suggestions is expected to be of helpful to students and teachers for this purpose:

  1. Try to derive pleasure through a sense of achievement by solving mathematical problems successfully.
  2. Fix time and place for the study of mathematics and be regular in your work.
  3. Get down to work at once without waste time.
  4. Pay attention in class and sustained attention.
  5. Do not allow avoidable interruptions after you have started work.
  6. Work independently as far as possible.
  7. Work at your maximum speed.
  8. Plan thoroughly before you start.
  9. Understand the assignment clearly.
  10. Read the problem carefully and grasp its meaning. Be sure that you understand clearly what is given and what you are expected to find or prove. Keep these things in mind throughout your work.
  11. Take sufficient time to think.
  12. Even if you have to copy something, be sure that you do it correctly.
  13. Try to enlist questions that are likely to arise and be ticklish. Often the solution will flash across your mind.
  14. Do not lose hope; at least try to find out what your real difficulty is.
  15. Work carefully and avoid careless mistakes.
  16. Read thoughtfully. Superficial or careless reading does not work in mathematics.
  17. A problem is generally made up of a series of steps. Do one step at a time.
  18. Be mentally alert and confident.
  19. Be critical of all statements or conclusions whether they era your own or someone else’s. be very particular about statements that are not adequately supported by reasons.
  20. If you do not know how to begin, consult your text-book or your teacher.
  21. Prepare a list of all new words and concepts and try to learn them at once.
  22. Do memories important rules, formulae and facts but only after understanding their meaning.
  23. It is easier to memories statements and formulae as whole than to memories them by parts.
  24. In memorizing formulae, loud reading is helpful.
  25. Write neatly. Be very particular about figures. Write in neat rows and columns.
  26. Form the habit of expressing verbal statements in symbols.
  27. Form the habit of verification. Always check up your work.
  28. In numerical problems, form the habits of making a preliminary estimate to serve as a rough check up on your answer.
  29. Correlate and compare exercises in algebra with similar exercises in geometry and arithmetic.
  30. Lay special stress on the application of rules and formulae, in order to fix them permanently in your mind.
  31. Draw diagrams and sketches wherever possible. They often help in understanding and solving problems.



Source: The Teaching of mathematics by KULBIR SINGH SIDHU (Sterling Publisher Pvt Ltd)

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