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Prepare better: How to help your child ace the math board exam

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Board exams can be one of the most stressful exam situations for both parents and students alike. These exams are conducted each year towards the end of February, all over India. Hundreds of students flock test centers, anxiously waiting to appear for their exams. Mathematics is one of the most important subjects for any student aspiring to pursue their careers through competitive exams such as JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. It’s the only subject that holds potential for a student to get a perfect score if your child practices well.

There are many ways you can help prepare your child to achieve that perfect score in the subject. Here are 4 preparation tips to help your child ace their math exam-

#1. Separate notebook for formulae, theories and methods:

Math is a conceptual subject that requires a thorough understanding of different formulae and theories. It’s always good to keep a separate notebook for formulae that would help your child revisit them as and when they require. This will also help them revise concepts efficiently and help apply them in the problems they’re solving.

#2. Let your child find their own solutions

A mathematical problem can have different ways to reach a solution. Contrary to what your child may be taught at school, there is no hard and fast rule that dictates that your child has to follow a set pattern to solve a problem to reach the solution. Let your child understand the concepts behind the math problem and encourage them to ask the WHY behind the WHAT and guide them to find their own way to solve the problem.

#3. Make sure they know and understand the syllabus

It’s equally important for your child to understand the syllabus and what they’re supposed to prepare well in advance to avoid any confusions before or during the exams. Make sure they know the concepts they need to study for their exam. A good way to prepare is to keep a chart of the chapters they need to prepare and track their progress through the chart.

#4. Help them find and understand areas of improvement

Let your child solve past exam papers, practice papers and mock test papers that mimic test-like environments. This will not only help them identify concepts and syllabus portions they need to practice but also help your child be prepared for any surprises that may creep up during the exam like time-management, etc. It’s good to revisit the concepts your child may have a hard time grasping and help them clear any conceptual doubts they may have about the chapters.

#5. Talk to their teachers and tutors

Keeping tabs on your child’s progress can help you understand their pace and how they’re progressing. It’s always good to talk to your child’s teacher and tutors to understand their performance at school, the areas they need improvement in and how to go about clearing the conceptual gaps they may have.

#6. Reach out to a math expert

Cuemath is a beyond school math learning program designed to help your child understand math concepts in a way that helps them have a better understanding of the overall subject in a way that helps them ask the right conceptual questions, mainly the WHY behind the WHAT of math problems. We focus on helping your child understand mathematics not as a subject but as a life skill that will help them ace their exams as well.

#7. Try to maintain a calm environment

We understand exams can be stressful for you and your child. This makes it all the more important for you to maintain a calm environment at home so as to ensure your child can focus on their preparations better.

Help your child face their board exams fearlessly!

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Isha Chakraborty

Isha is the resident Cuemath content writer, and an avid reader.