Are you getting poor test results because of this?

You can get better at recalling number facts – even if you’ve been struggling with them for a while. Number facts are important in Maths and can be easily learnt if you know how.

One of the best ways of learning number facts and being able to recall them is to write them down every time you use them. Repetition is the master of learning things, practicing them until you remember how to do them.

So, try it now, write down some of the number facts that you find hard to remember but write them down one at a time. Then cover them up and do them again. Keep doing them until you remember. That will make it easier to recall them the next time you need them.

How to remember your tables

Example:

If you have trouble learning the 7 times tables, write them down and say them as you do them.
eg.
One seven is seven,
Two seven’s are fourteen, and so on. If you can’t remember them, then add seven each time to get the next answer.

Then, cover what you’ve done and do them again.

Then, cover what you’ve written up and then try writing them starting with twelve sevens and working up the page:
eg.
Twelve sevens are eight four,
Eleven sevens are seventy seven, and so on.
Start at the bottom of where you’re going to write them and put the next one above it so you have: one seven is seven, at the top.

If you practice them this way over time you’ll find that you can remember them, and recall them when you need to.

How to remember number facts

The other way you can continually learn number facts and improve your recall of them, is to work out calculations by writing them down. If you have to add, subtract, multiply or divide some numbers to get the answers to questions, then write them down on paper so you can see what you’ve done.

If you do this all the time you’ll find that your work gets done more accurately and a lot quicker than by trying to work out the answers in your head. Remember, practice makes perfect so the more you write things down the more easily you’ll remember them.

If you’re working a lot of things out in your head, you’re doing Maths the hard way. It’s always best to write things down, over time you’ll find that you don’t need to write some things down because you’ve remembered them from writing them so many times.

When I was at school we didn’t have calculators so everything had to be done using pencil/pen and paper. With all the constant working out calculations this way, I got good at doing calculations and remembered a lot of number facts.

If you make a commitment to start writing your calculations down and also learning your tables by writing them down until you know them, then your number facts recall can improve in tests. This means the definite possibility of getting more ‘A’s in Maths 🙂

they haven’t prepared well enough in year 10. Need to practice a lot of maths, complete exercises instead of choosing only certain questions.
expanding 2 sets of brackets
expanding 3 sets of brackets
multiplying fractions by whole numbers
cancelling fractions
these skills are the foundations for year 11 methods.
year 10 maths is the foundation for year 11 methods, must be good at basics such as expanding brackets, multiplying fractions by whole numbers and cancelling numbers and letters in fractions when multipying
this foundation stuff is the set of algebra tools you’ll need and use in most of the methods topics in year 11 and 12.
if you get really good at these basics you’ll remember how to do them in year 11.

Is your child doing any Maths homework at home? Why is it so important for them to do homework at home?

From what some of my students tell me it seems that their Maths teacher sets some questions in an exercise for the class to do. Then they’re told that what they don’t finish in class they have to finish at home.

Not Enough Questions For Homework At Home

So what do you think happens? They rush through it as quickly as they can so they don’t have to finish it at home. They work with their friends to get through the questions. More often than not they don’t correct their work.

The other thing that helps them get the work done so quickly is that they haven’t been given many questions to do. This is not an effective way of learning Maths or preparing students for advancing further at school.

If your child is telling you that they don’t have homework then this might be what is happening with them too.

Doing Homework At Home Builds Confidence

The problem with getting all the work done in class is that your child is not practicing it on their own. They need to be thinking their way through each problem and doing their best to figure it out – without the help of their friends at school!

Doing questions on their own is the only way they are going to know whether they can do them or not. Doing homework at home gives them the opportunity of having a go at questions on their own without help from their friends.

Doing questions on their own will give them confidence – especially when they get them correct! Confidence breeds a willingness to have a go at harder questions.

The Challenge Of Harder Questions

Students need to be challenged with some harder questions so they can develop their thinking and improve understand the underlying concepts and the step by step method of solving each question.

And they need to be doing more of the questions from each exercise if not all of them. What’s happened to try the harder questions and see how you go instead of only setting the easier questions to do.

If you want the best for your child and they’re not getting good results at school then not doing enough homework at home might be the issue. They really need to be doing homework after each Maths lesson and they need to be doing enough questions so they really get how to do each type of question.

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