Saturday, April 30, 2016

Math.com for exam help

Math has long been one of the core subjects in school. I would say almost every school in the United States requires math to graduate. For some, math is easy to understand  for others, math is the most difficult subject in school. Since middle school, no class other than math has required me to study as much in order to get an excellent grade on a quiz or a test. It's not that I find math difficult, I find it to be alright, but the fact is math requires practice. The great thing about math is studying in the short term actually works. If you are familiar with the questions before an exam, you are bound to get a decent grade. In contrast, subjects such as English when critical readings are given,  short term studying has a minimal effect on your grade. English tests would require a long term studying of many books to enhance a person's ability to read more critically. 

There are many great non- profit sites that help students study for exams. However, math.com is a great tool. The site is simply designed but nonetheless very helpful. In addition, math does not change too much over time so information remains very reliable over a long stretch of time. 

Math.com provides resources from Basic Math to Calculus. In addition, each subject has its own variety of formulas. For example: 
Overall, the formulas provided are fairly complete. It is every thing a student needs to be prepared for taking a big final exam. 

My favorite thing about math.com is that it has links to other sites for test preparations and study tips. A section of their study tips even addresses math anxiety! In my opinion, their math anxiety page is actually pretty funny and effective, I would encourage anybody to check it out. 

One last great feature math.com  provides is a page on finding the right math tutor. The information given is fairly extensive and I agree with the page when it says, "A good math tutor will need to have mastery of the material that he or she is teaching". 

Feel free to check out math.com! There's a lot of useful resources on there both for parents and students. And remember, the site is absolutely  free!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I grew up in a linguistically aware family, where every member was very much into languages (from antique to modern), each one of us was convinced that we were genetically gifted in the language department, and math was a hard-to-deal-with chore. Only when I became an adult did I somehow find out that math was just as easy for me, maybe genetically even easier, to learn and work with than languages. That was to the great surprise of my siblings, though. They still thought that our minds were pre-programmed for handling languages, not math. Obviously that supposition was based on what they had been told by some of our uncles and aunts who, no doubt, spoke from long earned experience, and maybe on what these family members had been told by their parents and so on.

Yet I, as a grown-up, am a striking example of that this is not so at all, actually that math can be even easier than languages to learn and practice, and for sure a lot of fun at the same time. At least for me.

Which is to say that, since all our minds are probably working very much alike, it matters very much with what mental setup and expectations you enter into learning a subject. If you think you are dumb for a certain field, you are likely going to learn like a dumb person would in that area, which, of course, will be a hard course to row. If you think that your mind is designed for dealing with subjects of this kind, you are much more likely to learn quickly and deal with it successfully. In my case, it worked the other way around: By actually learning and working with math in my early adult years, the doing so and the eventual ease I developed in doing so, woke me up to the fact that there was no impediment in learning and practicing math for me. In the contrary, it was so easy and enjoyable!

For whatever it is worth, my recommendation to students would be to approach learning, of any subject, with an “open mind,” and then just go for it. No doubt, the thinking of your home, the quality and presentation of your teacher(s), all will somehow form or even constrain that “open mind,” and thus have an effect on whether you find a subject easy or hard to learn. Maybe if the student could be convinced that this is truly HIS/HER decision to make and start out with, might help.