Dear Sanket, for getting good score in IIT JEE in Maths you have to do a lot of practice. Your concepts should be clear and you should know the applications of each formula which can be improved only by practice. Whenever you start a chapter, first start with elementary problems of that chapter. Suppose you learn a formula of a chapter, then first do some basic problems (board or mains level) based on that formula. Similarly, for next formula or concept then after completion of that chapter start with some advance level problems. In that also start with some solved problems (problems you have solution of that) and then attempt as many unsolved problems as you can. Never demotivate if you can't solve problems in starting because it can take time to get momentum. But always keep trying. Please feel free for any other assistance. Regard, Vinay Sogani
If you're not that good at Maths, the only substitute is lots and lots of practice. Books like RD Sharma and ML Khanna have a lot of easy questions. SL Loney, Hall & Knight and Tata Mcgraw Hill have fewer and harder questions, so do them after the easy ones. Identify what makes you 'not good at Maths'. If you make a lot of small mistakes, do the problems more carefully, and take more time. Once you can solve problems easily, decreasing the time it takes to solve them will be very easy and quick. If you don't understand the topic, focus more on the theory. When doing a new topic, don't try 2 things at once - solving and remembering. Write all required formulae on a sheet, and keep referring to that sheet while solving problems. Just before going to bed, review the sheet a number of times, and only focus on trying to remember the formulae. That's what worked for me.
Practice is the key my friend. I myself was not very good in Maths but I worked on it starting from basics. Do simple questions with accuracy before moving to difficult problems. A step by step approach will take you to your destiny. Invest time and effort and you will be on track.
Student at IIT-Bombay, Maths Enthusiast, Maths Olympiad National Topper
In this article, I'll get you started on how to achieve excellence in Mathematics. It’s based on very BASIC and simple principles, which sometimes are not that easy to execute. These are learnings from my own experiences as a student, as well as a teacher/ mentor. I hope this helps you to think the right way! 1. PRACTICE - I cannot stress this enough. Practice makes you not only perfect, but confident as well. Take Maths like any other sport. You may be talented, but without practice, you won't be able to do much. Practice makes Messi's free kick go in. Practice makes Sachin's cover drive go in the gaps. It makes Federer's one handed backhand a winner. And it will make you solve problems like a boss! 2. BE PATIENT.Your only competition is yourself. There may be people better than you around you. Try to learn from them. But NEVER COMPETE with them. Get better every day. You'll be surprised where you'll get in an year. You'll blow away the competition, only if you are consistent though! Because hard work tops talent. The student with the most marks is almost never the student who is the most bright. He has put in hours of effort while others chose not to. 3. DON'T GIVE UP. Do not expect yourself to solve every problem at the first go. Nobody can do that. Maths is a learning process. IMPORTANT- It does not matter if you solve a question the first time. You are not testing yourself. You are LEARNING. 4. ASK FOR HELP. If you're stuck, use the resources around you. Teachers, online resources are always ready to help you out if you’re stuck. Use their knowledge to build some of yours. 5. SOLVING! It is important to lay stress on the solving part. You might be knowing all the formulae in a book, but unless you’ve taken out your pen and written down solutions, you may not get far. Point being, the theory part will get you only so far. It is solving those challenging questions that makes the difference. Expand your repertoire. Learn new approaches, and innovate in your thought process. 6. ENJOY. Last but not the least, enjoy doing Maths. Its a beautiful subject, and if you're enjoying it, well, you are one step closer to being a topper in the subject. All the best, and happy learning! Arshdeep.
Mathematics Tutor, 4 plus years of experience, 3rd Ranker at Ramanujan Institute of Advanced Mathematics
Well, let me tell you something. If you are planning to get a shortcut you have chosen the wrong person to asked for. There was a time I was a mediocre student in my school days. I have failed also in maths. My seniors used to tell me one thing: Hard work and passion brings the trophy. I never bother to listen to them and hence several times I got bad result/. And this continued until in my graduation I realized the fact, unless I study properly I won't succeed. And I started studying and today I am one of the successful maths teacher pursuing my PhD after completing my MPhil in mathematics with distinction awards and scoring the third rank in university level.
My success secret ? One and only: I studied "seriously". And I mean it.
Each and every student of mine gets a hardcore training from me. I give them adequate reading materials and plenty of homework. Once they start solving problems, gains the confidence and at the end of the day, they get satisfactory result.
Mean to say, not only in my life, but also in my student life again and again I have proved that hard work and dedication must bring your desired success. See, maths is not at all easy subject. So if you find it difficult there is nothing wrong it it. But the only thing is: you should ask yourself: how much dedication you have given ?
Well, after reading this you will definitely say, of course yes, I am dedicated to my study but I can't understand any thing. Well, really so ?? Are you sure ?
Let me ask you something.
When you study a chapter, do you understand how the formula has been formed? Yes or No? (Don't lie!)
If no, here is your first flaw. Understand the construction technique of math formula. Buddy that's really important. Sometimes, you may not remember the formula, but if you remember the technique, VOILA, even in the exam center itself you can derive the formula yourself and save the day. Whether you trust me or not, this trick I am still using today and each and every time I solved the problems.
If your answer is yes, well let's move on furthermore.
If you are saying that you really focus on the construction technique, my next question: How do you realize that you understand that? Do you try to rewrite it down after you study? Do you feel smoothness in your write up while you are rewriting the things on your own hand? If ans is yes again, well we have to move on.
But if it is "NO", my next advice, after understanding the concept of maths formula, immediately close the book or keep in upside down, take your pen and paper and start immediately to write exactly what just now you studied. You may wonder what is the benefit of doing this.
Buddy you may never tried this one, but trust me it is amazing. Knowing a maths formula or just mugg off a maths formula is easy, anybody in your class can do that. But understanding the concept makes you extraordinary compared to the other cause if case if in exam paper, a little variation in the problem arises, others will fail to solve it because of not knowing the meaning of the formula, understanding the concept of it whereas you will succeed.
Trust me, this is really helpful. Writing this way can give you another advantage. Not only you will understand the concept but also you can do some research on your own by changing the criteria and most of the time you yourself will discover some new formula. And it will have high possibility that those discovered formula you may find in the next page. So write up is must must must essential. You have to do it.
Don't worry ! I won't tell you, "keep an watch closer to you, check the time, write according to time slot etc etc" This things comes in the last stage of preparation. At the beginning level, your only priority should be understanding concept of the math formula.
Let's move on!
If you say YES means you really write up on your own after studying a new maths chapter, HOW MANY PROBLEMS FROM EXERCISE DO YOU PROCEED TO SOLVE ON YOUR OWN?
See, this is the most vital part. Once you cleared the above phase that I discussed, your immediate movement should be to jump to exercise and solve the first few problems which matches the formula that just you studied.
I am a math book writer and let me tell you some secret. Every maths book writer follow this rule. The exercise problems are arranged according to the appearance of each and every math formula. So solve problems as many as you can/. If you get stuck, return back to your study material. Search the appropriate formula , if found, fine! else search in other reference book.