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October 10th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #1
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How to master maths - should we solve simple problems or variety of problems?

I am 32 years old, and I have realized that i have solved some typical kind of problems a lot. This way, I get fatigue and bored. Given that I have a limited time for myself - do you that I should solve all kind of problems -- all the simple one's or only the tough questions. People say that the only way to master maths is by practice. By practice, do they mean - practising even the simple questions or do they mean solve only 5 questions - but they should be very solid ones . What approach will you suggest me? I am a software professional and I am trying to make my Maths better so that I can appear for the competitive exams. Please suggest me. A few days back I got aquainted with Singapore Maths and was astonished to see that the singapore maths gives more insight then the usual x,y - equation methods. This is my another question - is Singapore maths can solve all types of algebra word problems?
I am a bit scared of word problems - the first reaction for even a simple question is that I can't do it. Do you know any good source for Singapore Maths - learning.

In total 3 questions -
1. Should I solve 10 -tough problems or solve 100 simple Maths problems to enhance my mathematical skills.
2. Is Singapore Maths - a good approach or the usual x,y , an z to solve the tough questions.
3. Any source to enhance singapore maths - I tried you tube links.
4. Any good books for Algebra - word problems that you suggest?
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October 10th, 2014, 05:22 AM   #2
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The only reason for solving maths problems is to further one's understanding. We start with simple ones to fix methods in our brains, to make them become natural reflexes. This is like learning to ride a bike or drive a car. We practice to the point that we do not need to concentrate on the task, but are instead able to think about the context in which we are doing it - other road users or deeper theories and methods.

Once the practice becomes boring, it is time to stop. If you are at the point where you don't need to think hard to get the solution, the job is done and it's time to move on to more difficult problems.

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Originally Posted by joshis1 View Post
I am a software professional . . .
Are you writing, designing, testing, documenting or selling software?
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