Students have made in them a common impression that it’s impossible to ace your math exam.
Mathematics can seem like a huge mountain that you have no chance of conquering, but following some quick tips can make it much less difficult.
It is okay to feel intimidated as math is a subject that demands pure focus and requires a logical approach than other subjects that are theory based. But that’s what makes mathematics so damn easy!
If you understand the core concepts of a math topic, then you can easily solve any problem from that topic.
Here are some of the most effective tips to ace your math exams even if you’re not good at maths.
Tips to Ace Your Math Exams
You may have read about other tips to increase your score in maths exams but this one is a little different. These are the same exact tips that I used to get a perfect 100 on my class 12 math boards. So be confident in using them because every single one of them will help you ace your math exams.
1. Understand the Concepts
How do you learn a new language? Will you start by learning the words or with the letters of the language?
Obviously, you’ll have to learn the letters first in order to grasp the words.
Similarly, Mathematics is entirely made up of several fundamental concepts. These concepts combine together to form complex concepts. So to learn the complex concepts that gains you exam marks, you’ll have to start with the fundamental ones.
Take your textbook and class notes. Review the topic you need to learn, and go through them repeatedly until you get a clear idea of the concept.
2. Solve the Easy Example Questions
The only way to solidify your understanding of a math concept is to work out its problems.
The example questions that come in a textbook right after introducing you to the concepts are the best problems to start out.
Not only are they the most basic questions, but they are also drafted in such a manner that tests your understanding of the concept directly and much less confusing.
I used to solve all the example problems after learning a new concept. This had a huge impact and my marks skyrocketed. Now that you know my secret, it’s best to start implementing it right away.
3. Note down the Formulas in a Separate Sheet
Although, maths is about understanding than memorizing stuff, a common mistake students tend to make is forget important formulas.
It is nearly impossible to solve certain questions without remembering the formulas introduced along the concepts.
Like you, I also did forget some formulas and that landed me in trouble during my math tests. But it all stopped when I started noting down the formulas in a separate sheet under appropriate concepts.
Whenever I jumped in the exam hall, I made sure that I properly revised all the formulas and memorized every one of them.
I also learned the formulas from the concepts that I had no time to cover, and surprisingly scored well on those questions.
Do note all of them down under proper categories and revise them occasionally. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Learn all the Major Theorems and General Methods
Mathematics is filled with theorems. Throughout every chapter, you’ll be introduced to a bunch of those.
All the question papers will contain problems based on the major theorems discussed. If you are aware of these theorems, it means you have more chances of solving them and gaining your well deserved precious marks.
These theorems will further contain general and special methods to solve the questions based on them.
Make sure you learn the general method as the 20% effort you put into learning them can help you get 80% marks from their problems. This idea is based on the Pareto Principle (80-20 Principle).
5. Solve Previous Question Papers
The best way to practice your knowledge of any math concept is to solve previous question papers.
Not only does solving question papers help you apply your concepts, but it also familiarizes you with the type of questions asked in an exam.
Find all the question papers you can find on the competitive exam you’re preparing for. If you’re working on clearing your board exam, you may refer to our CBSE study material.
Once you find the previous questions, arrange them year wise and start working from the more recent ones.
Solving at least 3 different sets of Mathematics previous year question papers can help you deeply dwell into the concepts.
6. Attend Mock Tests
Now that you have deep knowledge of your math concepts, it’s time to put it into test.
Prepare to attend an online mock test of the chapters you want to test yourself on.
Unlike solving question papers, mock tests can give you a hands-on experience of how your actual exam is going to be.
Analyze yourself after you attend a mock test, there may be several aspects that need improvement. Find your weak points and correct your mistakes.
7. Solve the Easiest Questions First
It’s actually quite tempting to solve the question with the highest marks first. But the questions with huge marks will most likely involve complex concepts that may be hard to crack.
It is always a good idea to solve the easiest questions and secure those marks rather than go behind a tough one and lose both your time and marks.
Be smart and pick the low-hanging fruit first. I have made the mistake of going for the toughest questions and later regretted. Trust me, you don’t want to make the same mistake.
I have also found a good video on how to ace your math exams. I think you might need to take a look at that too!
As we said in the beginning Mathematics is a tough subject for most students. But if you follow the tips that we discussed in this post, you can ace your math test, no matter what.
Which tip did you like the most? Comment below!