## Friday, 6 March 2015

### Learn to Solve Math Problems In 4 Easy Steps

dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> Problem solving Maths is a breeze when you know the steps, formulas, and what you're solving for. Once you have mastered all of these, math problems will become interesting and much easier to solve. Every time a new topic comes up in math, take the time to understand as much of it as you can rather than mugging up any formulas or equations.

Understanding theory has a huge role to play in solving problems. When students know what a formula is used for and what unknown quantities can be calculated, questions will be easier to decipher. Students can spend more time on working out the solution rather than understanding the question.

Working out sums gets simpler with time if you keep at it. Here are a few steps that will make the process simpler and more structured.

1. Practice Daily: Practicing regularly is the only way for students to really understand math, learn the steps of the solution, and memorize formulas. Most students think of practice as a tedious process with zero results. To avoid this focus on finishing a small number of sums and start with the ones you know. Try not to jump from the basic sums to the very complex ones in a single evening.

2. Use Good Reference Books: Textbooks are great to learn theory from but have a limited number of sums for each topic or chapter. A good guide or reference book can help you out by providing plenty of solved examples as well as practice questions. You can use the solved examples to figure out the solutions whenever you get stuck in the middle of a problem.

3. Clarify With Your Teacher: Clear any doubts the next day with your teacher. Delaying it will only result in you forgetting about it completely, and developing what could be, a life-long habit of procrastination. Note down whatever you are having trouble with and bring them up during your next math class. Your instructor will be pleased with your effort and students who had the same query will benefit too.

4. Online Calculators & Solvers: You will find plenty of math resources online, from calculators which will compute your answer within minutes to detailed tutorials which explain concepts and theorems. The great thing about online help is that it's always there; you don't have to wait for next day or worry about the fact that you need help at 2 in the night. Many online calculators are specialized to solve particular kinds of problems, like algebra calculators to solve algebra problems.

These are a few ideas that students can follow to improve their problem solving skills and get better at math.