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Maths Wizard & IMO Champion Aviral Shukla shares 5 tips to get rid of Maths phobia

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Aviral Shukla

Aviral Shukla, a class 8 student of Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi got first International rank in International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), 2020-21. The IMO is a Maths competition for students of class 1 to class 12 to test their problem-solving skills. It is conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) with the aim of identifying and nurturing future scientists, technologists and IT talent at school level. Aviral, who scored 60 out 60 marks in the Olympiad, gives 5 simple tips to help you get better at Maths:

1. Master one concept before moving onto the next

If you’re struggling with a particular concept, don’t make the mistake of skipping it and moving ahead. Study it multiple times; take the help of your parents, teachers or friends. You can also refer online resources. To be able to solve questions, students must first get a firm grasp of the fundamentals of Maths.

2.  Practice makes perfect, and maths is no exception

The best way to achieve mastery is through practice. Set a study schedule for yourself and practice Maths for at least 30 minutes per day. You can gradually increase your study time. Importantly, study in a quiet environment when you are alert and rested. You can also solve a fixed number of problems every day. 

3.  Practice Maths in everyday scenarios

Math is used in just about every area of our lives. For example, if you go to market and spot a pair of shoes priced at Rs 1700 and there’s a 30 % discount on them, what will be the sale price? Do the calculation and ask your parents for the answer. Don’t worry or feel embarrassed if you get the answer wrong. Just stick to this habit!

4. Teaching someone is a great way to solidify concepts

After self-studying you can discuss the concepts with your friends. If your friends are not clear about something you can help them and vice versa. You can ask your friends or family members to ask you questions, too.

5. Stop saying, “I’m not good at Maths”

This common misconception not only precludes learning, it cripples it. Nobody is born a genius. We all have same potential. I am also learning Sanskrit and Korean but I never think these languages are tough or I won’t be able to master them.  All you have to do is give an honest effort.

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