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# What Are Some Tips and Tricks to Do Higher Mathematical Calculations?

Sep 11, 2016Mathematics

Mathematics as a subject is interesting to many students that opt in for it. The varying mathematical principles and formulas, in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus are interesting as well as challenging. This is the reason why, after the preliminary level as students graduate to higher forms of mathematical calculations, they often find themselves not being able to solve the problems. What previously seemed interesting and positively challenging now seems scary and frustrating when students are totally lost! Is that your scenario too? Did you take up mathematics with an initial adrenaline rush and now have no idea how to go about it? Well, fret not. There are ample ways to get better at the tricks to tackle your mathematical calculations.
Cease the Inner Fear

Though it appears to be just an advice, but itâ€™s a big one! Often when students face umpteen problems in not being able to solve higher calculations, they tend to get afraid. This constant bout of fear generates a thought that they are not good in mathematics or are not meant for that subject. As a result, they quit even before trying. So bidding farewell to this accumulated fear is crucial. And you do it by having a firm inner knowing that:

• No subject including Mathematics is going to be easy in the long run. Each subject has its complication levels.
• Not being able to solve any particular mathematical problem is not the end of the world. It does not prove you are a weak student and that you cannot take up the subject.
• Competing with other students that are excelling presently when you are not will only increase your insecurity levels, thereby making you more afraid about the subject. So aim at knowing your deficiency and tackling them with expert guidance.
• Practice makes everyone perfect. Therefore, get speaking to a teacher that is keen to help or find online guidance, follow the useful inputs you get and keep your practice.
• Quitting is not a solution. Patiently trying and practicing is.

Once you have shed away your fears, start with identifying your weak areas. The way to get started about it is by first outlining your strong areas. For instance, you might be great in geometry and statistics sums, but when it comes to algebra you might find the formulas confusing. So once you know you are good at something, you boost up your confidence and are in a good position to start working on your weak areas.
Once you have identified the weak zone, try and understand the reasons you are weak at it. This helps. Getting to the root of the problem is always beneficial than just knowing about the problem. For instance, if its algebra formulas where you lack expertise, it could be because:

• You did not understand your basic principles of algebra right from the start and due to the fear of embarrassment you didnâ€™t voice up the same.
• Perhaps you missed few classes and did not do anything about it.
• May be you donâ€™t like Algebra as a subject so you donâ€™t spend adequate time to practice the sums properly.
• Perhaps sometime somewhere youâ€™ve heard a senior say that algebra is complex and you formed an opinion on the same. And what follows as a challenge in tacking higher algebra calculations is nothing but just an internal conditioning that needs to be changed.