Secrets Why Students Excel in Math

                   By Vic Odarve

 Math intimidates and frightens the students but there are few who did excel or perform far better and more consistently than their peers. Simply, they have their secrets…put a regular effort in their studies, hang with classmates with similar goals, and build a reputation for excellence. By keeping regular study on the notes after the class develops good retention of the subject; associating with fellow good learners can improve time management and developing positive attitude in order to excel. No wonder, these students are on the top of their Math class.

Engineering Students 200 level

Engineering Students 200 level

The study showed that the first in a two- hour lecture is the most effective period for memory retention. Faced with this dilemma, a review after the class is needed to recover part of the time where memory retention was least. Reading the notes for a few minutes after classroom strengthen further your memory. Any lapses and misunderstood notes can be easily corrected. Develop this habit regularly makes math understanding perfect!

Another behavior among students who excel in mathematics is that they select their friends. By keeping in a company and hanging around with good classmates or friends who always study mathematics in their school also bring a tremendous change in their behavior, lifestyles, manners, and actions. Oftentimes students slowly and slowly emulate one’s friend’s way of living in one way or another. Look, associate, and surround  only  with friends that give with positive influence; hang only to those that are supporting and enhancing their life, and filter their background and stick to one with the same mission and ambitions in their life. Select friends that are good math performers; they belong to their tribes. Top math performers have good time management for a study and outside classroom activities. They often hang with them.

Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State, Nigeria

Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State, Nigeria

Lastly, these students build a proper attitude to excel in mathematics. They do always the best that they can. In a classroom, they listen intently how teachers did the steps in solving math problems and think mathematically more than memorizing of facts. They often spot patterns in solving problems; systematically seek why and prove the steps. They always strive for the best grade. With competent teachers, coupled with a positive attitude, these students develop a kind of flexibility and creativity; hence, excel in mathematics.

With proper motivation and empowerment from a competent math teacher coupled with these behavioral tips and secrets from students who excel in math, more students will be no longer intimidated and frightened in mathematics.


Simplest Way to Study Math

      By Vic Odarve

This is the simplest way to learn mathematics! It is enjoyable and fun! Follow me and let’s explore!

At classroom, you listen intently to your teacher or lecturer. Every word he speaks gathers important information. Observe how he does the steps in solving the problems or exercises. Ask a question if necessary.

Working Examples at the classroom

Working Examples at the classroom, University of Immaculate Conception, Davao City

Then at home, it is your turn! Open your notes. Review and study the steps. Recall the reasons why the professor does it.

Finally, test your understanding! This is the moment! Close the notes and get an extra sheet of paper and solve it by yourself. If you fail to get the correct answer, open your notes and see why you get wrong. Rework if you get wrong! Don’t stop doing it until you get it right! It is just like playing the game of “hide and seek”. You hide the solutions of the problems in your notes and seek its answer by solving yourself. That’s it!

 It’s as simple as that. It is just a pleasure! Practice makes perfect as the saying goes. It holds true!

This simple technique develops a positive thinking. If the final answer is the same as your notes, it gives you confidence. And getting the correct answer raises your adrenaline to a certain level of excitement and joy. Confidence is building up!

 Then go out in your room and relax. See the world outside. It pictures better. It sounds good. You will be in a good mood as if the world is joining your excitements. Happiness for getting the correct answer! That is without seeing the solution from your notes! And you get it right! It is like medicine. It alleviates depression! It fosters positive mood!

Harvesting rice in Mayana- Beautiful scenery is the work of His Hands

After studying at your room go out and see this picture of harvesting rice in Mayana- Beautiful scenery is the work of His Hands

One of my friends was doing this before our final exam. I met him outside of his house seeing the panoramic landscape of ricefields in Mayana… a beautiful scenery reminding us that we are part of His creation. I caught him humming the old favorite song of the Lettermen as if in harmony with the bird’s performing orchestra on the bough of the trees as the sunset faded in the western sky. I told him “Why are you looking at these pictures so happy and smiling, my friend”? What was his answer? “I know now the secrets on how to study mathematics.” Then he showed me his scratched papers and said,” I solve it by myself, without looking at my notes”. That was his reply. So astonishing!

It caught me by surprise. Indeed, he had learned mathematics in the simplest way!

Learning mathematics is a fun-filled activity. It makes the lives of the students better and, us, too. Even this simple technique is interesting! I love students come to see me with toothy smiles, saying,” Sir, you make our study in mathematics in this university simple and easy”.