It’s a common phenomenon among the students to find maths a tough nut to crack and it gets progressively tougher as they move higher up the classes. The primary reason for this is that students often lack the grasping of the fundamentals of the subject taught at the primary education level.
Right from the early days, maths is perceived as a difficult discipline of study, and this creates a mind set that can be hard to change. As a result, when students reach secondary and higher secondary levels, they struggle to assimilate the more complex and abstract concepts that require a strong foundation, which is precisely what is lacking. How one expect students to understand complex numbers if they have not understood natural or rational numbers?
Creating the Right Mindset
Given the significance of fundamentals of maths, it becomes imperative that everyone involved with the education of a student – teachers, parents, policy makers – aim to break the false notion that maths is a tough subject, and encourage the student to develop an interest at a very early age. For example, instead of teaching concepts such as Pythagorean Theorem inside the intimidating atmosphere of the classroom, teachers can take them out in the field and have them construct squares and rectangles using bricks and other material. This way, the students can verify the theorem themselves by observing the relationship between the sides of quadrilaterals and the length of the diagonals.
The bottom line is that maths is not a difficult subject when compared to the other subjects. However, one difference is it is more abstract. But this should not come in the way of students being able to learn the subject just like how they learn others.
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