This goes without saying that these overwhelming numbers of students struggling with math are not simply because of a short attention span. From learning difficulties, anxiety to lacking basic concepts, there are many reasons why students are not drawn to math as a subject. Before we jump into the methods to help students overcome math problems, let us first discuss the common causes due to which students struggle to learn math:

**Ten Reasons Why Math is Important to Life**

Math is all around us so it only makes sense that we use math in our daily lives. As a matter of fact, when someone says “Life is not a spectator sport,” they should also say “Neither is math.” Why? Because you can’t get through life without doing at least some simple math along the way. One example would be balancing your checkbook or cooking a recipe that includes measurements in ounces or grams.

You may have heard the saying “It’s not what you’re saying, but how you’re saying it.” This could just as easily apply to mathematics because there are many different types of mathematical communications including graphs and charts, equations and written proofs. We use math every day when we calculate our tip at a restaurant or add up how much money we spent on purchases.

When faced with a problem, it is human nature to want to find an immediate solution. But doing this could lead you to a faulty mathematical conclusion in some cases because one of the best ways to solve problems in mathematics involves logic and reasoning. When using logical thinking, you can often come up with alternative solutions that may not have been obvious at first glance. This also makes math a good exercise for your brain which will help keep it sharp as you age!

In order to solve an equation, there are several steps that include simplifying the equation and then solving for what you are looking for. This might be as simple as finding a common denominator or as complicated as factorizing trinomials. Whatever the case, this is often where people make mistakes because they do not plan ahead when using these techniques. If you want to solve an equation correctly, you MUST look at it very closely and ask yourself “How can I simplify this before I try to find my solution?”

Mathematical symbols tell you exactly how and where things need to be done in order to solve a problem without any ambiguity. That means that you have to learn these special symbols and know what type of operation they refer to such as addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. You also need to know which symbols are equal to one another depending on the type of problem you are solving. Learning this language takes time and practice, but it will come in handy when trying to solve word problems in school.

The reason for this is that there are often several ways you can do the same problem even though they may give an answer that appears correct at first glance. But careful examination often reveals how some small changes in your approach can yield much different results than before which means you must check over your work carefully before submitting it as complete. This may sound tedious, but it will pay off when you graduate from high school because people who cannot pay attention to detail don’t usually do as well as those who can.

In math you often have to make quick decisions about what the answer should look like even though it might not be your final answer. For example, you might know that a problem is asking for a specific number but you cannot find this value anywhere in the information given, so instead of giving up or wasting time trying to figure it out, you estimate an answer that makes logical sense and then refine your final result from there. If you do not pay attention to this step, then your results may not match what your teacher expects!

How much money do you bring with you each time you go shopping? How much do you spend on the bus or subway each week? When calculating these costs, do you include sales tax in your total expenditure? These are all questions that involve math because they require an understanding of how numbers work together to make up our daily lives. You cannot live without using math at least once a day!

Some problems in mathematics can be solved by memorizing formulas and doing exactly what it says regardless of whether or not it makes sense. But when faced with word problems which involve real life events, then the only way to solve them is by thinking critically about them and applying advanced problem solving techniques which includes working backwards, drawing pictures or using formulas in creative ways. The more you practice, the better you will get at complex problem-solving which is not only important for high school but also for college and even work!

Although it might seem like a chore at times, doing math problems is actually good for you because it keeps your brain active and working efficiently. This is especially true if you are trying to solve them faster than before or figure out how to do something without any hints given ahead of time. If you’re interested in improving your critical thinking skills then try using these tips to become a master at solving word problems in mathematics!

]]>This list is not my own, it’s actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my classroom. But I did not hang this poster simply because it was cute and took up a lot of space on my otherwise bare walls (I was a high school math teacher…not the most creative type…). I hung it because I really and truly believe that these are some of the most helpful things one can do when trying to solve a problem.

**Step 1**: Before anything else, start with basic arithmetic… addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

**Step 2:** As you begin to master these skills, learn the higher level math of algebra… exponentiation, polynomials, etc.

**Step 3**: Now that you have a firm grasp of basic math and algebra it is time to move on to trigonometry. This includes everything from sine, cosine, tangent, cotangents and so on.

**Step 4:** Once trigonometry is mastered you will learn about calculus. This includes derivatives and integrals.

**Step 5: **After all of this math has been learned it is time to do some real world applications with statistics! You’ll be using all the material you have learned to solve real world problems.

**Step 6:** Now that you have learned all of these necessary skills it is time to take your knowledge and put it to the test. Solve every math problem you can get your hands on! The more practice, the better!

**Step 7:** If you want to be a great mathematician then solving problems is not enough. You have to SHOW everyone how good you are at solving problems! Enter math contests and win every one of them!

**Step 8:** This step is vital if you want to be a truly great mathematician… leave your comfort zone. Do things that are totally outside of your skill set. At first this will be difficult, but if you keep trying you will get better.

**Step 9**: Be sure to work on your attitude too! Every great mathematician has a positive, can-do attitude. It is no accident that the world always needs more mathematicians… because it is so difficult to become one!

**Step 10**: You are almost there! If you follow these ten steps and put the work in, you will become a great mathematician. You will be respected by everyone and most importantly… you will be good at it!

**Question everything.** When looking at something that is said to be true, see if you can prove it. If someone tells you something is true, ask them to prove it to you. Trying to prove something to yourself will help you exercise your math brain and start thinking about all math problems in this way

**Study logic . **Being able to spot faulty logic is a skill that mathematicians need. We are surrounded by claims about the world, which need to be scrutinized and evaluated carefully. Critical thinking skills will help you make sure nothing gets past your sharp math brain.

**Be precise. **Math problems are not meant to be vague. If you are given an equation or a definition, make sure to ask what the symbols in them mean and how they should be used. Math is defined very precisely. Make sure you use it that way.

**Think abstractly** . It does not matter what kind of problem you are looking at, if you can describe it in terms of numbers and variables, then math could probably help you solve it. There is a way of thinking about the world that will help you solve any problem – math!

**Learn to look at your problems from many angles . **Part of this stems from looking at the problems more abstractly. Look at a problem from different perspectives and see if one can be solved using methods that are altogether unrelated to the ones you had been using.

**Every mathematician is a genius.** We all have that potential inside us, and with the right mindset, anyone can learn to think like a mathematician.

The key to becoming an effective student is learning how to study smarter, not harder. This becomes more and more true as you advance in your education. An hour or two of studying a day is usually sufficient to make it through high school with satisfactory grades, but when college arrives, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all your studying in if you don’t know how to study smarter.

**TIP:** An accountancy professor recommended to wash our face and brush our teeth while studying. She also suggested taking a quick walk for around 15-20 minutes and then coming back to the study material.

Hopefully this gets you in the mindset to build better study habits to prepare for the next exam season.

Here are 11 techniques students can use to balance their workload and still make time for the activities they enjoy.

**1. Create a schedule for each class,** including each assignment due and the date you plan to turn it in. Knowing what is expected of you before you start your work will help eliminate unnecessary stress. For example, if your econ professor assigns two chapters to be read by Tuesday next week, then that can serve as a deadline for other deadlines. It would be a waste of time to work on an essay two weeks early if the assignment is due next week and you have not finished reading the chapters yet.

**2. Try scheduling your homework in short increments instead **of one large period at the end of the day. For example, it makes sense to schedule studying for your physics class in the hour before you go to sleep. This way, if you wake up and forget what you studied the night before, it is not a big deal because your alarm went off at 2:00am.

**3. Another option for reducing stress is to schedule small **rewards after completing one or two smaller increments of studying instead of waiting until the end of each day to reward yourself. This allows students to take a break when they are still in the middle of their work, rather than waiting until the last minute when stress levels are at their peak.

**4. Try doing your hardest assignments first so** that you have time to relax during the day while working on easier assignments or just relaxing.

**5. Set a timer for three minutes and try to do as much of your work as possible in that time frame**. Then take a five minute break before resetting the timer again. This can help eliminate procrastination by breaking up your day into manageable periods of work with fun breaks in between. The result will be less stress from being behind on your work, and more relaxation during work periods.

**6. Never bring all of your books with you at once**. There is no need to carry around eight different textbooks until the end of the semester! Just take what you think that day’s assignment will require or what you know that day’s classes will cover. This may seem like common sense, but it is a very easy thing to do. If you have a difficult time with this, consider getting a backpack that has smaller compartments so you can separate your work for each class.

**7. Along the same lines as number six**, try not to take more notes from one class than will fit into one notebook or binder. It is overwhelming to have five notebooks for each class.

**8. Take care of your body**! Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly so that you can be the best student possible.

**9. Be sure to reward yourself with breaks or fun activities after completing large amounts of work**, even if it only seems like a small amount to you. For example, if you have a twenty page research paper due in your history class next week, try not to finish it all on the same day.

**10. If possible**, have one day a week when you do not go to classes or study at all. You can then use this time to take care of errands, go to an appointment, or just relax at home.

**11. As the semester comes closer to ending**, try not to try and cram everything in. Make sure you are taking time for yourself on a regular basis so that you are able to complete all of your work without losing sleep or becoming depressed due to stress.

Remember that stress is manageable. Try to eliminate some stress by planning ahead and scheduling instead of just winging it!

]]>So, although there are many nature-related idioms in the English language that can be used to describe something or someone, here’s a list of some common phrases you should avoid when writing your next paper. We also have examples of more effective descriptions for whatever it is you’re trying to convey whether related directly with nature or not.

A cliché is a tired, stale phrase or idiom that, because of overuse, has lost its impact. What was once a fresh way of looking at something has become a weak prop for writing that feels unimaginative and dull.

I opened the door, and the wind felt like a knife against my skin.

The wind bit my skin as I opened the door.

The concept of a “small world” was highlighted when two familiar acquaintances met in an unexpected place. The surprise at the coincidence implies that this is common yet it still manages to be surprising each time due to its randomness and unpredictability.

The simile “as infinite as the grains of sand in the Sahara” describes something that is innumerable or countless.

The minute he saw her in the crowd, she looked like a snowflake. Her hair was so white it shone against all of that black and gray clothing everyone else wore to this cold concert they were at together. He just wanted to stand close to her, touch those silky strands his fingers had memorized by now . . .

When writers use the idiom “busy as an ant colony preparing for winter,” it suggests someone or something that is involved in numerous purposeful activities.

The phrase “out of the woods” means to be safe from danger. It is used in writing about a person who has escaped an unsafe place or situation.

The rain fluctuates between drizzle and torrential, making you think that things will never get better–always letting you down right when it seems like everything might actually turn out okay again…

It’s like a drunk bee avoiding the shortest path between two flowers.

Beat around the bush is an idiom that suggests intentionally avoiding discussing something important, and instead talking about inconsequential topics. It’s similar to how it’d be for someone who was so intoxicated they were flying in circles rather than going directly from one flower to another–which would take less time

The unknown situation seems better than or superior to one’s current situation. People always assume they’ll be happier with what they don’t have, something captured by the saying “the grass is greener on the other side.

The metaphor suggests that people are never content with their life and will envy another who may seem luckier because of it.

A “stick in the mud” is someone who has old-fashioned ideals and doesn’t enjoy trying new things. This person slows the momentum and enthusiasm of others around them, like a wet blanket on an event or activity.

If you want to make a description of multiple unfortunate events more interesting, try making it unique and creative.

One example is this quote from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere: “He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.”

]]>There are thousands of writing websites out there, but the best ones on our list will surely save you when writer’s block strikes.

It’s exciting when your bookworm teen announces his or her plans to be a writer. But teenagers can be a finicky lot: if the adults in their lives are too excited or too supportive of a new goal, suddenly that aspiration is gone. (And having a teen with the writer’s temperament means you’re likely dealing with a moody teenager squared.)

Whether it’s a freelance opportunity or advice for publishing your work, we have categorized some great sites that can help writers in their creative journey!

Each week BloggingPro posts a list of great opportunities for content writers. Content writing pros should definitely check this resource out!

With Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant, you can ensure your grammar is clear and mistake free as you craft informative materials such as newsletters or industry reports.

If you want to level up your professional presence online, Kikolani offers tips and strategies for content creators. Learn how to attract clients with social media, build a brand through blogging or vlogging , utilize popular platforms like Instagram & Facebook .

NaNoWriMo is here to help you reach your novel-writing goals. Whether it’s a short story, poem or nonfiction piece that needs finishing; NaNoWriMo has got you covered. You can participate in the challenge every November by writing 50,000 words of new material within 30 days!

The National Novel Writing Month blog offers writers tools and support for their craft during the month of November with its annual creative challenge: Participants race to complete 50,000 words written throughout that period each year called “NaNo” (or Nano). Since 1998 over 3 million people have participated worldwide making this one event not worth missing out on if any form of self-expression through literature flows through your veins as well.

You should keep AWP in your back pocket. This website is known to the writing community as an authority on all things related to writing and has become a premier resource for writers looking to attend its annual conference or boost their publishing opportunities.

Writer’s Digest has been helping writers hone their craft and careers since 1920. The site not only offers daily prompts and practical techniques for getting those juices flowing, but also instructional workshops, writing competitions, professional services such as editing & design consultations!

If you find it hard to focus when it’s time write, Calmly Writer is the perfect tool for distraction-free writing. This website even offers a “focus mode” that highlights one paragraph at a time, making editing much more straightforward than usual.

Scapple is a great way to take notes because you can connect your thoughts using lines and arrows. It’s easy, organized writing that makes it simple for anyone to use!

Now Novel is a site that helps writers be more productive by providing tools to track your progress, outline your work and even provides personalized prompts.

A one-stop shop for all information on small presses and grants, literary magazines, agents.

AutoCrit is a useful tool for fiction writers looking to improve their novel before sending it out. The self-editing feature can point out issues in pacing, momentum, dialogue word choice and more that may need improvement throughout the work.

Learn about the querying process by searching for agents who represent your book’s specific genre or favorite agency. You can see what they are currently shopping for on Manuscript Wish List

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