For your fear with maths I would recommend the following approach :
- Theory : Work on the theory really well. At least understand what is the basic idea. What are we calculating? Why are we doing so? What is its significance? Where is it applied? Also which are the books who describe the theorems, lemmas, results and definitions very clearly? Once we have done this we are on our way to the second step.
- Observe : Always observe a master at work. This master could be anyone. Your online tutor, your classroom teacher, your fellow seatmate, the class topper, the textbook or the practice book. Whenever there’s a problem being solved just keep the pen down and observe “what’s happening?”, “what’s the magic that I lack? ”, “what’s the basic idea?”, “what’s the algorithm?”. While doing this make a mind-map of the process to be followed while doing the same problem.
- Practice : Practice makes a human perfect. So once you know what to do, the most important bit is to do it yourself and note where do you get stuck. What is that makes you scratch your head. “Was it a thinking inability?”, “Was is it a step of the procedure you skipped?”, “Was the theory not clear?”. So pick up a good problems book and start solving the problems. Ask your doubts to someone you believe can solve as well as explain you the way to do it. It will take time but eventually you will succeed.
NOTES : Always remember the following though :
Don’t expect too much too early. Remember the following figure :
This is how you learn maths. The y-axis represents progress with x-axis representing time. So be patient with yourself.
A working amount of memory is required to recall the formulas and methods. So don’t go in with the expectation that everything is just thought and understanding-oriented. You will have to remember bulk of stuff in the beginning. With time it will eject out as a reflex.
Don’t give up on yourself and your aim which should be to get better at maths. 🙂
Rajanish Kumar Upadhyay