Low confidence in Math subject during
the exam is common phenomena with board aspirant students. Students often
commit silly mistakes in the final exam. Mathematics demands consistent
practice and comprehensive conceptual knowledge to score good marks in the
board examination. Peer assessment helps one another student to identify his
own mistakes on the answer sheet which happened intentional or
un-intentionally.

Generally board aspirant solve “Math’s
Sample Paper” before the final board examination to have a command on
Mathematics. In fact it helps students to develop habit of solving actual
question paper comfortably and students get answers of exam related following queries like (a) how to solve paper
in within three hours (b) what are the common mistake occur during the
examination (c) how to solve difficult question (d) which section should be
start 1^{st} in the examination (e) what should student do when s/he
feels inability to solve a particular problem (f) what are other common
mistakes which a student commits in the examination in Math (g) how to do time
management (h) what are common ideas to overcome difficulties and score good
marks in Math.

For finding the root cause of these
above mentioned problems, we initiated sample paper practice programme in an
artificially created exam center. We were stick with time only. There was no
invigilator in the classroom to help students. Students have to solve paper in
3 hours. We asked our students to do peer assessment of solved sample paper for
45 minutes and instructed mathematics teacher for evaluating their students’
answer sheet. We asked each student to discuss his/her problems while s/he was
solving Math’s’ sample paper.

We find some common problems with each
and every student which we listed here. These are as following

Problems

Description/reason of problem

Conceptual problem

Solving mathematical problem in wrong way due to lack
of comprehension

Calculation problem

Wrong calculation, jump over final answer

Language problem

Faced problems in mathematical tricky question

Formulas problem

Forget formula/written another formula

Theorem problem/Essential situation
for theorem

Confused in theorem, do not write essential situations
of theorem

Construction problem

Write mathematical construction in incorrectly

Unit problem

Wrong calculation, over calculation, leave calculation,
jump on final calculation

Diagram/Figure

Habit of drawing wrong figure and diagram, putting
wrong values

Specific problem in probability,
statics,

Question asks to solve ‘mean’- student proved mean,
medium, modeConfused in probability based question(what to do)

Presentation on answer sheet

Habit of leave question Incomplete/half done/half done
then cross whole derivations/steps, over writing,

Time Management

Giving so much time on 1-3 marks questions, trying to
solve a single question 2-3 times/focus on single question

Generally 20-30%, Mathematics questions are tricky and also
require elaborate steps during solving these questions. In fact students commit
many mistakes due to their wrong attitude towards the subject. Either we
consider Math paper too easy or we create havoc on ourselves for its
complexity. It is observed during peer assessment that students become excited
when they find math’ question paper is easy which finally leads to silly mistakes like missing steps, simple calculation
errors etc, or they become unnecessarily nervousness and fearful. Mathematician
feels that students commits mistakes in mathematics due to lack of Practice, lack of concentration, exam
fear and pressure, mental tiredness, limited time and an effort to solve
questions quickly.

How to Avoid Mistakes for Scoring Good Marks in Math

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Relax and Be Confident– If you consider above written points, integrated in your mathematics learning process and indeed, you have studied reasonably; have been doing practice prescribed math syllabus consistently and continuously; you will shine like star in Mathematics. Last but not least cheer yourself and use your presence of mind, your logic and of course your common sense and your firm faith in God…………… If you are ———————————————————–! Mathematics is not more complex than your firm determination and your hard work. Mathematical complexity melts in the hand of hard worker. If you are!