Have you wondered what are the best study habits to learn math?
In this fast-paced society, everyone’s talking about speed and efficiency. Yet, procrastination is a very real thing, especially for most primary school children. That explains why some choose to wait until the very last minute before they start studying for their math exam.
What happens when you do intensive revision, is this a good study habit?
If you’ve gone through intensive studying sessions before, you’d know that cramming is not exactly the most pleasant experience.
Doing too much at once is stressful. Not only does it not give you the results you want, you probably won’t be able to remember what you’ve learnt in the end and might even get burnt out too.
So the next time you think of squeezing everything to study in one math revision session, think again.
What about revising consistently?
Studying math on a consistency basis is a much better way to learn math and that’s because small actions done over a long period of time adds up.
For example, Practicle advocates spending 15 minutes a day on targeted math practice.
Let’s face it, most primary school children have short attention spans. Unless they are enjoying their favourite activity, such as watching television, playing games or reading, it’s hard for them to sit still and concentrate on what they are doing for long.
15 minutes is a just the right amount of time for young children to stay focus and make some progress in Math revision.
Breaking up learning into short daily sessions will also help make it more manageable for your child. They don’t have to do as much revision as compared to last minute cramming so it’s less daunting.
Let’s learn what we as parents can do to motivate our child to study math a little a day on a consistent basis.
How to build the habit of studying math consistently
1. Make it part of your child’s routine
15 minutes a day is an easy amount of time to “squeeze in” at any time of the day.
Discuss with your child when this golden period will be and build it into their routine. This will help them form a good habit of revising over time, so they don’t have to do any last minute studying before any math exam.
In addition, share with them how this daily 15 minute revision time is going to help them become better at mathematics so that they know why they are doing it. This added sense of ownership will increase the likelihood of them to following through consistently.
2. Make math revision fun
Practicle can help you set up a consistent revision plan with its gamified math adaptive learning system. Aligned to the Singapore MOE math curriculum, Practicle provides a safe and enjoyable way for primary school children to practise math according to what they are weak in and helps them reinforce what they are learning in school.
With artificial intelligence, you can be sure that your child is always practising at the correct difficulty level that’s suited for them and getting the most out of their revision time while you track their daily progress.
3. Choosing the right kind of work
Compare child A and child B. Who do you think performs better?
Why does one child perform better than the other although the other worked harder?
Once again, consistency triumphs intensity. Focusing on the right things will help your child better utilise their time and improve both their learning and performance via good study habits.
All in all, to learn math in the most effective manner, it is important to focus on how consistent your child is with their revision rather than how intensive it is, a crucial focus to develop good study habits.
Revising a little each day goes a long way and this is what your child’s teacher means when you see the phrase “with hard work and determination. [your child’s name] will be able to do better” in their report book