Math is the most hated subject by students worldwide and the most stressful subject. Worse, algebra makes it even harder. Don’t worry, you can overcome algebra stress using simpler methods as you will read below.
So without wasting your time, let’s get into it.
Identify Learning Gaps
Algebra or math as a whole involves working with concepts that are built upon the previous concepts.
This means that you must follow and grasp one concept at a time for you to understand algebra. You must have learned about BODMAS in school where you learn about how to solve math problems starting with what is in brackets to what is to be subtracted.
If you skip one concept, you miss everything. This is especially applicable in algebra 2 solving equations. Just refer to your mathematics lessons or use a free online service. You will notice that if you skip a certain concept, it will be hard to grasp the next one.
A learning gap in algebra can make the whole topic more stressful which could decrease your motivation in math.
It’s All About Your Mindset
Yes, changing your mindset could also help to reduce algebra stress. One of the reasons why many students aren’t good in math is because they believe or were told they aren’t good in the subject.
When they fail in doing a simple algebraic equation, they become stressed. If you have the “I’m not good in math”, you will be struggling to get better in the subject without success unless you change your perspective of the subject. After all, math is all about practice. Even those who are good at math weren’t born mathematicians. It is through practice that they became better in the subject.
Change Your Learning Pace
Unless you’re a fast learner (and even if you’re), you should change your learning pace. As stated above, math is a complex subject with concepts built upon the previous ones. Trying to rush up learning can make you skip important concepts thus making the whole subject complex. Make sure you have time to master the topic thoroughly.
Remember that the topic will build upon the previous one. So, take the time to master one topic at a time before you take a new one.
Take Math Break
If you’re already stressed, trying to force your brain to grasp algebra concepts can worsen the situation. You don’t need to take a long break though. A 5 – 10 minutes break is enough to recover from the stress.
You may also consider taking a whole day break from the topic and reviewing the previous one before you get back to the current one.
Reducing algebra stress isn’t as hard as many people think. Even though math is considered a tough subject by many students all over the world, there are ways to become better at it. We hope this article has helped you.
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