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How To Study Mathematics

PUBLISH DATE 27th October 2020

Hello friends,

12th- New syllabus 2020-21

In this article we will see some important facts and tricks studying maths in view of subject knowledge as well as board and CET examination. I hope that will help you to study and score in both the examinations.

First and very important thing is 12th standard mathematics is based on the syllabus of 1 to 10th standard and it is base of Higher Education in which this subject is included. To study syllabus you should have proper and good knowledge of the entire concept whatever you have studies up to 11th standard. 11th and 12th standard topics are applied for further studies in all the competitive examinations in engineering and BSc math also.

 Step number 1- Basic knowledge and concepts to be clear and practiced.

Step 2: Understand the contents and weightage of the syllabus, format of the question paper. It will help you to study and score the marks. The details of the syllabus and weightage of the syllabus and format of the question paper. By now everybody knows this

Because of pandemic situation and online virtual teaching some parts of the syllabus are omitted. Go through these topics. Through these topics are excluded from the syllabus. Study of these topics is essential for further studies and competitive examinations. Therefore only for examination oriented preparation you may not prepare these subtopics but for subject knowledge and competitive examination you need to study.

 As you have not appeared 11th standard examination pattern, So you are not aware of handling actual examination pattern (as pattern of 11th standard and 12th standard is same).

 Study the pattern/format of question paper thoroughly and accordingly you manage your study.

Step 3-

 The question paper is divided into four sections

Sections A:  8 MCQ and 4 very short answer type questions.

Sections B: Short questions (2 Marks each)

Section C:  Medium questions (3 Marks each)

Section D: Lengthy or difficult question (4 Marks each)

 All you have to attempt 34 questions out of 44. Internal option for each section While studying each topic, you can study the problems according to the weightage. Lengthy problem, difficult problem, application based and big theorems are in section D.  Theory questions, skill problems, knowledge base questions and not very lengthy problems are in section C. Same logic can be applied to very short problems. You have to apply Different techniques to solve MCQs. While solving MCQs (either in board examination or CET), you are expected to use the given options and elimination method. Students are not supposed to solve the complete solution of the sum.   Deep knowledge of topics, concept clearing, practice of solving many examples and use shortcut method and use of proper formulae is essential.

 A good preparation from the day one and more and more practice strategy can help you in fetching the desired marks. It is known fact that all the questions are asked from the prescribed syllabus. Detailed study of the entire text-book theory as well as problems will give you the confidence.

Step 4-

 Study and practice each topic once , twice… till you get the confidence of solving any problem at random from text-book and any previous question papers. Also solve MCQ on these topics .Understanding the concept and solving different methods will help you to solve application base problems. Use of necessary formulas and lot of logical approach needed to solve application problems.

Understand and practice the derivation of the formulas. Remember the formulas by heart. Practice more and more problemS. For JEE examination preparation use NCERT syllabus and books.One problem may have different methods to solve. Use proper, short but easy method.Don’t solve the problems mechanically; try to understand the concept, logic and method behind it. This will help you to solve any problem depending on that concept. Take the help of solved problems which are given in the book to understand how to approach the different types of problems in a given chapter.

 Practice solving the exercises at the end of the chapter till you get the confidence to solve any problem independently. It you know a better method than textbook you may go for it.

Step 5- How to score?

 Some students are weak in mathematics; they have phobia, fear of the subject. Their aim is only to get through the examination.

Getting 35 marks is very easy. 20 marks for Practical Examination, so one can score maximum marks in this examination by attending all the practical  and practicing the practical problems.

Students should practice all theory questions and theorems from the textbook so that he may get minimum 12 to 15 marks for theory questions. Thus passing is not that difficult. Getting average and above 70% marks need more practice and more efforts. If a student has clear understanding of the topic and has practices different types of problems then he can score 95 to 100% marks.

 But achieving this is not a Cakewalk students need to put extra effort and have to be consistent with their studies throughout the year.

Mathematics is a subject that demands regular practice. Students need to devote at least 1 to 12 hours for this subject in daily study schedule. They are advised to study textbook of HSC /NCERT. Students can practice problems from other reference books and solve question papers.

The scoring topics are logic, Matrix, derivatives and linear programming. In these topics skills is essential and use methods, practice more.

Understanding concepts, practicing different methods, learning formulas is the key to score marks. Probability distribution and Binomial Distribution needs understanding. Concentrate on subtopics of Integration topic. It has so many different methods and different problems one have has to practice more and more problems to get mastery on this. But remember that, if you want to go for engineering or for mathematics as main subject you cannot ignore these important topics.

 The following are few tips and strategies.

  1. Defeat yourself.
  2. Stick with your syllabus book-Mind it -complete it.
  3. Be careful with your weak points, find out and work on it.
  4. Manage the time.
  5. Practicing from the sample and previous years question papers is the best way.
  6. Keep on challenging yourself for doing better.
  7. Maintain the right attitude all through be determined and focused.
  8. Concentrate on cleanliness of the answer sheet your presentation really matters; write meaningful content in good handwriting.
  9. Take care of your health
  10. Minimize the use of social media platforms like Facebook WhatsApp.

I wish you all the best for the preparation and examination.

Written by: Prof Mrs Rekha Deshpande , (Former) Abasaheb Garware College, Karve road Pune (Former BOS Member-- HSC BOARD)


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