Make friends with maths



Practice and consistency are the key words when studying maths.

To beat all phobias is perhaps the mathematics phobia. This is especially true for students of Stds. X and XII. An applied subject like maths is not fun to study, unlike English or Hindi. Summer vacations can be the answer to this. With lots of free time at hand, you can make friends with maths . Practice and consistency are the key words for mathematics. It is always better to clear the concepts than just solve questions from different books. "Regular practice is very important for maths. It makes you well versed with all kinds of questions. During vacations, the basics can be cleared up easily," says Sharad, Maths teacher at St. Xavier, Civil Lines. "Vacations can be used for self-study," advises Ajay Pal Singh, HOD Maths, Cambridge School, Noida. "Summer vacations can be utilised to prepare easier subjects on their own. This will reduce some pressure when the school starts again," he feels.


Students also have a tough time finding a suitable book from the vast range of choices. But the most recommended ones are the NCERT books, especially for board exams. "NCERT books help in consolidating the base, as most questions are asked from them. Students should solve the NCERT books first and then move on to reference books. They must not go for more than one reference book. It makes clear the concept and also keeps confusion at bay," adds Sharad. R. S. Aggarwal, R. D. Sharma, K.C. Sinha are some of the reference books which are recommended. "For board exams, question banks can be tackled to make oneself acquainted with the different levels of difficulty. But one should start with the NCERT books," explains Singh. When it comes to maths, tuitions are considered a saviour but there is a word of caution. "Tuitions can not be the answer if you rely too much on them. Anyone who does practise regularly can do without tuitions. They can seek their schoolteacher's to solve the question. Self-practice gives you the boost as accuracy and speed are the key to good marks in mathematics," insists Neha, a student of Laxmi Bai College of Delhi University. Students and parents generally associate tuitions with good grades but senior teachers feel otherwise. "If you concentrate in the class and ask your school teacher, tuitions are hardly needed," says both Ajay and Sharad. The mantra this summer is to keep your head cool for all that maths needs is self-practice, consistency and the right attitude.