MARCH MASTERPOST MADNESS PT I as part of a follower milestone and celebrating spring break, i present to you march masterpost madness: a series of masterposts/guides on studying by yours truly!! first up we have math & how to study for it!!
i love math so much it looks like i spend almost all my free time doing it. anyway, i got a few requests asking me how to study best for math and about resources, so i thought it’d be best to start off with this one!!
SO, HOW DO I STUDY FOR MATH?
practice, practice and practice!! this is so important, omg. math is heavy on problem-solving, and most problems require analytical thinking and application of logic — the best way to hone these skills is through plain practice! besides, once you get used to math questions, you find them less intimidating and you get faster and more accurate at solving them! i suggest using practice books (your textbook should be a good starting point) or finding problems online (Khan Academy is great!). A pro tip is to look around your school community (ask teachers, students, librarians) for practice books — most of them will gladly lend you a book they’ve gone through! it’s ideal to practice/do at least one-two questions everyday, or even more! if you’re stuck on a practice problem and have no one to ask to, feel free to ask the mathblrs, wolfram alpha or the internet! (google your question: it has saved me numerous times!!)
pay attention in class!! this is definitely recommended, but it’s really not a must. if you don’t have a strong aptitude for math, i really urge you to do this! listen actively, you don’t have to take note of every word the teacher/lecturer says, but do listen to the most important parts! when a teacher emphasizes something, pay extra attention to that (but don’t leave out any parts of the chapter!).
I had work today and I’m quite ill so I haven’t done much in terms of studying, but I did manage to compile a file of all the past AQA fp3 polar coordinates questions before work, so I’m just working through that now. Hopefully I can finish most of the questions today and then go over some other topics tomorrow. Only 4 days left till my FP3 exam now… 😥
Analysis of an ancient codebreaking tablet has revealed that Babylonian astronomers had calculated the movements of Jupiter using an early form of geometric calculus some 1,400 years before we thought the technique was invented by the Europeans.
This means that these ancient Mesopotamian astronomers had not only figured out how to predict Jupiter’s paths more than 1,000 years before the first telescopes existed, but they were using mathematical techniques that would form the foundations of modern calculus as we now know it.
“This shows just how highly developed this ancient culture was,” historian Matthieu Ossendrijver from Humboldt University in Germany told Maddie Stone at Gizmodo. “I don’t think anybody expected something like this would be discovered in a Babylonian text.”
Woke up a little early so I’m getting a bit of chemistry revision done before school! Don’t really have much time for chemistry revision at the moment with my further pure 3 exam being so close but I do try to do get some chem done here and there so as to retain information in my mind!