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, mode Confused 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.
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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!
Rajeev Ranjan