Finally i manage to finish marking the exam papers.. marks are all settled and done. With that out of the way now i suddenly feel the urge to share my thoughts about this particular topic.
I am going to discuss why students fail mathematics.. however mathematics failure and 'general failure' is interlinked and seperating the two may not be a good idea.. that is another broad topic which i shall avoid!
SO why fail??
Generally ATTITUDE is the no 1 reason - there are many type of students that i have met ??
a. the lazy students-not much can be said about this type other than they ought to set their mind what exactly is they seek in their life..
b. the hardworking students- hey hardworking students fail too?? not fair isnt it? these students usually try to memorize everything...their mind is focusing on a frame of thinking that can become so rigid..the fixation problem actually slowly robbing the mind of the actual thinking or creative processes associated with learning....
c. the worrier type of student- this students worry and have a low confidence in their ability..hence they focus on the wrong thing..unable to stay focus on major ideas. .,their ideas are scattered and remains on the surface..
d. the smart and comfortable student- this type of students are not necessarily the brightest in the class. Neither are they the cleverest..the most improtant attribute is being comfortble with themselves and always asking questions when occassion arises. They study smart,ask the questions most of the tim no matter how silly they look sometimes. Success comes easily to this group of students.
So where are you??
Let me share some of the important rules in successful learning of mathematics.
RULE 1: Know yourselves..work on your weakness and decide what you want. Steer your life towards that. Do not allow your attitude wreck your life..work on that ..say NO to negative habits and create new ones..
RULE 2: Learning from failure - Einstein fail his math class !!so whats the big deal? let failure become the teacher to you. Question yourself why you have failed. find reasons..use that as a means towards learning better skills to overcome failure the next time..treat failure as valuable learning experiences
RULE 3: Learn not to be sensitive to critism. Developed 'thick skin' when it comes to learning. Ask and think hard..ask again ..keep on trying till you get it right!! then do the exercises yourself. when you got stuck ..always ask the right person.