Six strengths to cultivate to be good at math

Problem solving techniques

​These students possess problem solving techniques such as breaking down a problem into parts, drawing diagrams to aid them in visualizing the problem and using goal oriented thinking methods.

These students are good at absorbing techniques taught by teachers or they can invent techniques to help themselves better understand questions.

These students have advantage vis-a-vis other students when the question is wordy or not represented in a manner that is familiar to them.

High IQ: The habit of asking deep question and analyzing things around them.

Some students are stronger in abstract and analytical thinking. This is an obvious advantage in mathematics. It could be cultivated through intellectual games. These students have a habit of thinking and analysing things that happen around them and generally ask deeper questions than most people would care to.


​These students practice a lot of questions. Due to the numerous questions they practice, they can see patterns in questions and understand where they are likely to make mistakes or score and acquire numerous techniques for tackling questions. This is an obvious advantage during exam.


These students are strong in memory and can recall formulas and definitions easily. Memory improves with use and students must think of creative ways to help themselves remember such as the use of mnemonics, memory flash cards and regular recall. With a strong motivation to remember, students will eventually find the way they can best remember things but memory coach and instructors can suggest memory techniques that will help your child.

It is not true that in Math you do not need to remember but it is true that memory of formulas and definitions are better ingrained through regular practice and application.

Neat and Careful

​These students have very neat handwriting so it becomes easy for examiners to mark and also they are unlikely to make mistakes from reading their own handwriting wrongly.

Persistent and Motivated

​These students do not give up on challenging math problems and sometimes prefer to do it without the help of tutor when they believe they are able to solve it; they are willing to spend a much longer time on challenging questions than most students. Due to their persistence and patience, they have very strong impression and understanding of the techniques they applied to solving the problems; they would also have cultivated the confidence to tackle the more challenging questions unaided during the exams.

However, due to limited time during exam, they may feel challenged by the limited time they have if they do not have good time management tactics.

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