Updated: Sep 8
At the end of the day, a well-thought-out study plan, consistent practice and revision is what differentiates a top scorer and an average student. A lot of work does not necessarily equate to a lot of marks. When it comes to math, always remember, ‘Quality over Quantity’ and ‘Consistency is Key’.tween 2 categories of learners; visual learners, and auditory learners. There are multiple reasons why your child may not be doing well in his or her math examinations. Parents often wonder why, despite hours of studying as early as two months before the math examination, their child still gets poor grades. This article will shed some light on the reasons why, and ways you can help your child improve and ultimately score higher in their next mathematics examination.
As aforementioned, students typically fall into 2 broad categories of learners, visual and auditory. Visual learners generally excel in modern classroom settings. They have a photographic memory, which helps them retain visual information better. You can teach your child to colour code his or her textbooks, and implement note-taking as these steps will make it easier for your child to visually absorb crucial information for their examinations. Auditory learners, learn better when they say things out-loud. These learners are more engaged in classroom activities, and are great at oral presentations. Auditory learners learn better when they repeat their notes out-loud, and with their eyes closed. Furthermore, they perform better when a parent or friend is studying with them, as they can benefit from quizzing each other, thus helping with information retention.
“Test anxiety” is common in many students. A student may be well versed in the mathematical concepts tested; test anxiety could cause them to undermine their ability to score. An overwhelming amount of stress makes it difficult for them to perform during the examination but, can be overcome through sufficient “stress” preparation, which leads to confidence in themselves. When preparing for exams, students should aim to complete their past year papers 30 mins before the allocated time. With more and more practice, students will gain the confidence they need to do their tests quickly and accurately.
Poor Study Plan
Top students often have the finest study plans. They allocate their time efficiently, in order to be as productive as possible. Top students segment parts of the day accordingly. For example, a certain time is used to study/revise and others are to rest. This method is effective as they follow a rigid schedule making them efficient throughout the day, avoiding random pockets of time where they don’t know what to do. Top students identify their weak concepts, so during their scheduled study time, they know how to accurately tackle their weaker areas and build a better foundation. Contrastingly, a student with poor grades may study randomly or re-study their strong concepts as it is easier.
At the end of the day, a well thought-out study plan, consistent practice and revision is what differentiates a top scorer and an average student. A lot of work does not necessarily equate to a lot of marks. When it comes to math, always remember, ‘Quality over Quantity’ and ‘Consistency is Key’.
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