How to Excel in Mathematics!

Lots of students consider mathematics to be quite a difficult subject. For many, mathematics studies represent endless effort, time consuming and frustrating overhead.

But, those who are into mathematics, do know that once you are familiar with the details, mathematics provide satisfaction, and even joy. It is true that being good at mathematics is, to some extent, a skill you are born with, but not only.

One of the most important principles in being good at mathematics is to be up to date with the items taught at college. Since the items of mathematics are built one on top of the other, similar to building a wall, brick by brick, it is good practice for any student, no matter what his skills are, to keep up following closely the mathematics subjects being taught. Once a student ignores a single subject, it will be difficult to catch up the new subjects, which are built on top.

Secondly, although college studies include much of mathematics theory, definitions, theorems, and more, knowing the theory is not sufficient at all. Only by tackling and solving lots of problems, can one get real expertise and excel in mathematics. Practice, practice, practice: this is the name of the game. (Actually, mathematics will become a game eventually). These two important principles led me through my studies for my B.Sc. and my M.Sc. degrees. These principles do hold for all areas of mathematics and for all science subjects such as physics and others.

Having said that, still, there must be something else. Something that will really make the difference. That will make a student a great mathematician. Regardless of the born skills, regardless of the dedication, and commitment to mathematics studies, there should be some love, desire, or passion, to gently handle mathematics theorems and rules. If you have such passion, you are on the right way.

Bertrand Russell, the great philosopher and mathematician, did reflect the love to mathematics, as follows: "Mathematics posses not only truth, but also supreme beauty".

The author holds B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, M.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering, and MBA degree.

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