Habits that improve your child’s Math grades

Habits that improve your child’s Math grades
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Common struggles students faced for math is either not knowing how to do the question or they have too many careless mistakes. Thus, many students are unable to score A for their Math papers. 

Scoring A for math comes in 2 parts. The first part is knowing the theory and practising enough. The other is having these habits and skills which also takes time to develop. It is never too late to start developing these habits and skills now as your child needs them till they finish their education. 

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Converting thought process into equations

When your child reads the question, it is best that they highlight or underline the important information in the question. This can refer to the numbers or keywords such as ‘constant speed’, ‘remaining amount’  or ‘twice as much’. 

When your child highlights this information, it signals and registers in their mind. After highlighting, they can write out their thought process into a table or a model. Keeping their thought process in their mind, may make them more confused and not able to think clearly. 

Watch the video below for a further explanation on this & a complete walkthrough of O level speed questions. 

Reading the question carefully

Many students jump into attempting the question (in paper 2) after they have read it once. However, this leads to many students not being able to solve the question too. When they read the question too fast or just read it once, they might not find the important information they need to solve the question. 

Thus, it is important for your child to read the question carefully and more than once before attempting. On top of that, you can watch the video for Ms Jayme’s tips on solving paper 2 questions. 

Talk to themselves

On top of highlighting the keywords, they can read the questions silently to themselves. But not too loud as they are in the exam hall so that they can have a clearer picture of what the question is talking about.

This helps your child to be more careful and reduce their careless mistakes!

Changing the mindset

This method may take longer to implement as this applies to the psychological side of your child’s mind. Instead of telling your child ”don’t be careless”, change your sentence to ”please be careful”.

Even if you tell your child ”don’t be careless”, your child might still create some scenario where they end up being careless. If your child tells themselves to be careful their mind will remember and they can focus on being careful as it is registered in their brain.


Watch the video below for short term & long term strategies on reducing careless mistakes. 

Check out our other article on how your child can avoid these common mistakes in exams. Your child has definitely made those mistakes before so it is best for them to learn how to avoid them before their next exam! 

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