Mathematics is a subject that one cannot do without. Some people love it but to be honest, most people hate studying mathematics. Mathematics is a
creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of the history’s most intriguing
problems, it is essential in everyday life.

The importance of mathematics for students has never been greater. STEM subjects are the basis for technologies of tomorrow. Most universities/colleges courses include some level of mathematics while almost every profession uses maths in some form on a daily basis. The problem many students have is that they don’t know how to study mathematics to get good result. There are some techniques for studying mathematics regardless of your level. These  techniques may even help you end up loving maths and making it your best subject. Here are some easy ways to learn mathematics.

1. CONSTANT PRACTICE
Mathematics is the only subject which can be solved by continuous practice. It is not easy to study and understand mathematics but if a person is determined about solving the sums, then mathematics is a subject which can be solved within a fraction of seconds. Regular practice, they say, make a man perfect. When it comes to mathematics you need to keep practicing the solution for the problems.

2. REVIEW OF ERRORS
When you are practicing these problems, it is important to work through the process for each solution. If you have made any mistakes, you should review them and understand where your problem-solving skills let you down. Understanding how you approached the problem and where you went wrong is a great way of becoming stronger and avoiding the same mistakes in the future.

3. UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF PROBLEMS
Do not try to memorize the processes. Most of the time a student fails at working out a math problem because they don’t understand the concept of the
question. If a person understands a question wrongly, then obviously they are going to receive the answer wrongly as well. Therefore, to solve a maths
problem a person needs to understand its question first. Most of the people make this kind of mistake and find maths tough to understand.

4. UNDERSTAND YOUR DOUBTS
Sometimes you can get stuck trying to solve part of a mathematical problem and find it difficult to move onto the next stage. It is explained earlier that
maths requires regular practice. Remember :maths requires time and patience to master. It is a good idea to study with a friend who you can consult with and bounce ideas off when trying to solve complex problems. it will clear all doubts and make working out a math problem easy.

5. CONCENTRATION
Mathematics is a subject that requires more concentration which helps to
identify the actual problem hidden inside the problem. Therefore ,it is
advisable that the person solving the problem needs to be attentive while
understanding problem to solve the problem as soon as possible.

6. CREATE A MATHEMATICAL DICTIONARY
Mathematics has a specific terminology with a lot of vocabulary. We suggest you create notes, flash cards or charts with all the concepts, terminologies and definitions you need to know. You should include their meanings, some key points and even some sample answers, so you can consult them at any time and recap.

Other ways to learn mathematics easily and fast include;

  1. Indulging creative ideas.
  2. Be attentive and never miss a mathematics class.
  3. Don’t fall back while solving the problem in the class.
  4. Repeat the examples and class work at home and in the hostel.
  5. Seek help from outside the class by joining extra coaching classes for mathematics.
  6. Start dividing the part of a subject etc.

However, the bottom line is that all these methods of solving the mathematical problem can help all the students and others to start taking interest in
mathematics. Therefore, if anyone feels that mathematics is a killer subject, then they should follow all the tips and tricks mentioned above to understand mathematics better

Mbagwu Izunna Chrisaugustus (Mathematics teacher)