Math is considered one of the foundational subjects in the world of education. Because of its importance, students need to understand and be competent so that their math skills are developed. Testing a student is the only way for a teacher to assess the student’s comprehension and progress. The best thing for a student to know is how to prepare for these tests. Although early math revision has a reputation for being boring and tedious, it is one of the best ways to prepare and it also comes with its benefits.
- Understand and Apply Early Math Concepts: Having students develop their own methods and then analyzing the correct steps is a very powerful learning experience. The more strategies and approaches that students are exposed to, the deeper their conceptual understanding of the topic becomes. In a perfect world, we would always be able to demonstrate how every concept can be applied to the real world -- and when that's possible, it helps improve the students' understanding. When a concept cannot be applied in that manner, we can still share how it might be applied within mathematics. Students need to explain their reasoning when solving problems. In order for a teacher to determine if every student truly understands the objective for the class period, it's necessary for each student to communicate both orally and in writing.
- Be Prepared for Math Exams in Advance: Studying for math exams early means that students get to take their time with math revision and avoid last minute cramming or rushing through topics. It also means that the same amount of time can be allocated to each subject, instead of leaning toward favorite topics and avoiding the trickiest. Another huge benefit is that getting on with exam preparation now allows students enough time to identify areas in which they aren’t feeling as confident, which means they can go over areas they’re finding particularly tricky and get help if they need it.
- Less Stress: There really is no better feeling for students than being prepared for upcoming exams, especially when students know they’ve put the work in. Getting on with math revision sooner rather than later means much less stress and anxiety, plus it allows students to study at their own pace rather than exhausting themselves with all-nighters a week before the big day.
- Explore Different Math Revision Techniques: Having time on their side means that students can explore different revision techniques rather than just sticking to one. This can involve a whole host of different ways to study. For example, students can practice writing out their notes, then try typing them up -- repetition is often an excellent and effective way to absorb information. If this isn’t working then colorful visual posters containing key pieces of information is a fun way to learn. They can even put these posters up on their bedroom wall so they become a part of everyday life and therefore get absorbed more deeply.
- Practice Exam Techniques: As they say, practice makes perfect. The earlier students start revising, the more time they’ll have to complete practice papers from previous years and get used to the format. All too often students have fantastic knowledge but their exam technique is lacking, which ends up affecting their final grade. There’s a whole load of practice papers available online to download and use, or teachers can provide tests from previous years. Just make sure they’re completed under timed conditions!
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