It can be hard to learn new math topics and Geometry is no exception. It is a difficult subject for many students. Sometimes students who are good at other maths may have a harder time grasping geometry.
Time, studying, and persistence will pay off.
Let’s talk about some ways to help make studying for geometry easier.
1. Take a Deep Breath
Frustration is common during the learning process.
Practice deep breathing to help ease any stress. You may find that taking a deep breath (or two) will ease you into your studying routine.
How is deep breathing related to studying geometry?
Stress can hold us back from learning and success.
Deep breathing often eases stress and calms our mind. Try taking a few deep breaths before, during, and after a study session.
2. Take a Break
Remember to give your brain a break. Some people recommend the Pomodoro technique. This suggests studying in spurts of 25 minutes, taking a break, then studying for another 25 minutes. And so on.
Our brains need rest.
Breaks help to keep us calm similar to deep breathing. You can take a short break between 5-15 minutes.
Or, reward yourself with a longer break if you study for an hour or more at a time.
Okay, we covered the fun stuff.
Now let’s look at the technical sides of studying geometry.
3. Have the Right Tools to Study Geometry
4. Learn Geometry Terms and Vocabulary
Okay, this might seem straightforward.
Learning regular terms will make it easier to understand the material.
Geometry introduces new math concepts.
Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary to give more meaning and context to your studies.
Consider even making flashcards. The more terms you know, the less you don’t.
They won’t catch you off guard in word problems or when used elsewhere.
The sooner you learn, the easier it gets.
You might notice more and more unfamiliar words start to pile up when studying geometry. Commit to learning the terms.
You will have one less thing to worry about.
5. Draw Diagrams
Students find that geometry is all about shapes and formulas.
What’s great about shapes?
You can draw them. Drawing is also a visual way to learn.
You learn the formulas, you know the shapes, but now it’s time to see it all in action.
Remember those handy tools we talked about?
It’s time to put the protractor, ruler, and compass to work.
Most diagrams have straight lines, angles, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines.
Draw with ease with your fresh set of tools.
Repetition is a key factor in learning math. Studying geometry is no different.
Practice problems throughout your textbook or even online.
And keep practicing. Repetition helps us learn and retain information quicker and more efficiently.
This tip will make new concepts stick.
And remember to use scratch paper.
7. Teach Geometry to Others
Teaching Maths is an excellent way to deepen your understanding of geometry.
You can teach what you learn to your parents, siblings, or even online discussion groups. Consider joining (or forming) a study group.
This is another way to apply what you learn, teach, and hear other perspectives.
You replicate knowledge by repeating math geometry concepts.
This allows our brain to process information differently than when we just consumed the material.
Explaining terms, writing out equations, and applying our knowledge not only helps others, but it also helps us.
8. Master the Basics
Basic rules are the foundation of all maths - geometry included. You can move on to complex concepts afterward.
Get familiar with common concepts in geometry such as:
For now, gain a solid understanding of basic math formulas and concepts in geometry.
These will show back up throughout your learning.
Math geometry concepts build on one another. So, if you learn the basics early on, you will find it easier to study geometry.
You are ready to start studying geometry with these new tips!
Remember to gear up with your tools, pencil, and paper (and scientific calculator).
Drink plenty of water, and take breaks as needed. Stick to a routine that works for you.
Feeling stuck? Find a tutor to help you study today!
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