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{"id":1115870,"type":0,"block_id":"100001425421500_1368657191","theme_id":46,"user_id":385938,"path":"Top-10-Strategies-to-Improve-Your-Math-Mark","title":"Top 10 Strategies to Improve Your Math Mark","pubtitle":"Top 10 Strategies to Improve Your Math Mark","tags":"","public":true,"publicAccess":true,"private_link_enabled":0,"thumb":"https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/infogram-thumbs-200/100001425421500_1368657191.jpg","width":700,"copyright":"Headings, title, and quote are all property of Christopher MacIsaac","properties":{"publishType":0,"transparent":false,"rtl":false,"export_settings":{"showGrid":true,"showValues":true},"whitelabel":false,"embed_button":"enabled","title_link":"infogram","custom_logo":"infogram","custom_link_url":"","embed_button_text":"Share","decimal_separator":".,"},"elements":[{"type":"particle","particle_id":10105732,"object_id":"af40279f-e9b0-11e4-a037-7b5f270fdca9","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"Top 10 Strategies to Improve Your Math Mark","content_type":"","title":null,"shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1273033,"object_id":"100001425421500_1368657191","particle_type":"quote","picture":null,"text":"\"Many students and parents ask for pointers and techniques to best learn Math. Here is my top-10 list which applies to any level of Math.\"","content_type":"","title":"Mr. MacIsaac","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1273070,"object_id":"1000014254215001368657393","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"1) If you don't understand something, focus on mastering that topic \nbefore moving on to the next topic.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1273113,"object_id":"1000014254215001368657594","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"While it may seem easier to skip a topic or lesson you do not understand and move on to the next one, you are merely dooming yourself to repeat that action. The next lesson will incorporate what you have previously learned, therefore it is important to understand each lesson fully before learning something new. Tutors or attending workshops are useful if you need help. Spend as much time as needed to understand each lesson.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1273116,"object_id":"1000014254215001368657604","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"2) Work example problems and check your answers to gain practice with \nevery lesson.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1273126,"object_id":"1000014254215001368657658","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Practicing what you have learned in math is essential. Start by working on the easiest questions in the lesson, while checking your answers in the back of your textbook or the internet. Once you become more confident, try harder and harder questions until this lesson becomes too easy for you, then move on. Keep challenging yourself.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274760,"object_id":"1000014254215001368666990","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"3) When beginning to work a Math problem, do not \"map out a path \nfrom problem-to-answer\" in your head before writing anything down.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274758,"object_id":"1000014254215001368666981","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Basically, mental math is a bad habit. If you make a mistake while working a problem out in your mind, it is much harder to retrace what you've done. Writing all of your work out as you solve the problem is a little more time consuming than just writing the answer, but it allows you to go back and review what you've done, and will show the teacher you have actually come up with your answer logically and on your own. Even if your answer is wrong, your teacher will credit you for working it out, and will know how to help you understand better.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274861,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667531","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"4) When you study and do homework, try to find a quiet place to do it.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274864,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667545","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"It's pretty self explanatory: when studying, find the most quiet and least distracting location available to you. Even listening to music while working is a huge distraction, even if it makes studying or working more bearable. When you need to remember math terms, trying to learn a new subject or even reviewing old work for a test, it is best to have nothing around you to distract you.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274868,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667564","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"5) If someone asks you for help, try to explain the topic to them as best \nyou can.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274870,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667572","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Clarifying and explaining a subject fully helps not only the person who asked you, but it gives you a clear understanding of what you know. If you can help someone understand the math, you completely understand it yourself. Students learn, but so do teachers. You may surprise yourself with the amount you actually know and understand.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274872,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667580","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"6) Never, ever work math problems in pen.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274876,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667585","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Making mistakes in math is so common even we have to correct Mr. MacIsaac's work in class sometimes. It will happen at some point, so you should make sure you use a pencil and eraser instead of a pen, or you could even use one of those erasable pens. Correcting your work in math happens a lot, so why leave scratched out, half written answers all over your paper, when you can save room by erasing those mistakes? Your work will also become neater this way, and much more organized and easy to understand. ","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274892,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667742","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"7) Try to use a mechanical pencil with separate eraser, if you \ncan.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274896,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667750","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"It may not seem important, but quality mechanical pencils and erasers can make a huge difference in your work. Lines and writing are generally neater with a mechanical pencil, and while ordinary sharpened pencils will eventually smooth down, making your lines wider and less prominent, mechanical pencils always have consistent lines. Quality erasers also make a difference, as cheaper erasers will only smudge your work, making a mess and ruining the look of your paper. a quality eraser will efficiently wipe away your writing without smudging. ","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274899,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667755","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"8) Keep your solutions neat and line-by-line.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274901,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667760","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Clearly write down your thought process and your steps in vertical, neat, line by line order. It wastes room on your paper, but almost everyone will be able to understand what you did to find your answer. Making your work visually appealing and organized will allow your teacher to see what you did exactly and make it easier to mark. ","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274902,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667766","particle_type":"maintitle","picture":null,"text":"9) Don't work problems very late at night.","content_type":"","title":"","shrink":null},{"type":"particle","particle_id":1274904,"object_id":"1000014254215001368667773","particle_type":"bodytext","picture":null,"text":"Trying to solve a problem at night can be disastrous. You are way more likely to make a mistake, even on a subject you understand completely. Working passed midnight makes your brain and thoughts sluggish, and when you are tired or are lacking sleep, it is usually very hard to concentrate on what you are doing. Make sure you start your work early enough that you are not working way into the night like I am doing, or get some sleep and do the rest in the morning. 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