Tips in Memorizing Mathematical Formulas Easily

Mathematics is the abstract study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change. There is a range of views among mathematicians and philosophers as to the exact scope and definition of mathematics. (
The subject is hated by many because it is complicated and not that easy to learn. So, here are some tips in memorizing mathematical formulas easily:

1.  Relax. Math and Physics problems are not meant to be studied under stress. Relax your mind. By doing this, you will be able to focus more on your task.

2.  Jot Down. During lecture, write down everything the professor writes down, and if he/she uses different colors of ink, do likewise. Even if you think you understand a problem, write down each step. You may find yourself confused later on and need those notes. (

3. Derive the Formula Repeatedly. Solve many math problems every day. In solving a problem, write first the formula. That is one way of memorizing it. Write the formula in a piece of paper. Read it before you sleep and read it again after you wake up. Do not stop solving math problems. (

4.  Take Them With You. Find a small book and put down all those formulas. Keep the book at your back pocket and try to review them anytime you feel like you are missing something. This will bring back the memories of what you have learned, making those jaw-breaking formula stick into your mind forever. (

5. Read Ahead. Read over tomorrow’s math lesson today. Get a general idea about the new formulas in advance, before your teacher covers them in class. As you read ahead, you will recognize some of it, and other parts will be brand new. That’s OK- when your teacher is explaining them, you already have a ‘hook’ to hang this new knowledge on and it will make more sense. It will be easier to memorize the formulas later. (

6. Absorb the Formulas via Different Channels. We’ve already talked about writing and visual aids for learning formulas. Also, process and learn each one by hearing it and speaking it. An example here is the formula for the derivative of a fraction involving “x terms” on the top and bottom (known as the “Quotient Rule”) (

7.  Math is not a Spectator Sport. You cannot learn mathematics by just going to class and watching the instructor lecture and work problems. In order to learn mathematics you must be actively involved in the learning process. You’ve got to attend class and pay while in class. You’ve got to take a good set of notes. You’ve got to work homework problems. (

8.  Understanding Math. It is fine to memorize math symbols and definitions, but try to understand the underlying processes and concepts. When you look at a process, ask yourself the purpose for each step. Think of analogies or try explaining a concept to a friend or family member. (

9. Satisfaction. Do you ever study while you are hungry or thirsty? How does it feel? You always feel reluctant to focus because you are in rush to go grab some pizza. If you start to feel hungry or thirsty, quit studying those formulas and satisfy yourself with some food or drink. (

10.  Use Memory Techniques. Most people are capable of learning lists of unrelated number or words, as long as they use the right techniques. Such techniques can be applied to the learning of formulas as well. One of these techniques is to create a story around the thing you need to learn. The crazier the story, the better it is because it is easier to remember. If the story is set in some striking physical location, it also helps to remember it later. (

Mathematics is not very hard to learn, you just need to understand the concepts and important topics in it. The most important thing is, you have to listen very well to your teacher and participate in your class always so that you can practice and improve your mathematical skills.

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About the Author:
John Kervy G. Samarista, the contributor,graduated from La Immaculada Concepcion School in Pasig City. He is now pursuing BS Information and Communication Technology. He believes that learning is a continuous process; it is a way towards dreams and a brighter future.

Question for Discussion
Are you afraid ofMathematics? Why or why not?

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