Calculus can either be the easiest or the toughest subject that you may have ever tackled. If you understand calculus well, then it can prove to be one of the most easiest and fun subjects to learn. On the contrary, if you haven’t understood the subject well, then it can be the toughest subject ever.
Anyone who is learning calculus is expected to think critically, as well as, creatively. They are expected to be well versed in algebra and trigonometry, along with having all the formulae on their finger tips.
You may extremely good in mathematics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will automatically fare well in calculus as well. The applications of the concepts learnt are extensive here.
The tips that have been mentioned below should help you deal with the subject and then ace it.
1. Focus On A Topic Before Going For The Next One
Calculus has a number of different topics under it. When you begin learning and understand the topic, make sure that you master the same before you move on to learn the next one. With so many topics to be covered, it is very easy to get confused. If you move ahead without mastering the topic at hand, then you are bound to get yourself in a big mess.
Understand the basics of the subject very well and only then go ahead to tackle the next one.
2. Practice As Many Times As Possible
Practice is the key to succeeding in calculus. Work out every single problem that you come across. It is advisable to solve the example problems before you go ahead those that are in the exercise, because when you solve the example problems you can go back and check if what you have done is right. Not only will solving several problems in every type help you understand that particular concept well, but at the same time it will increase your confidence.
3. There Is More Than Way Of Solving A Problem
Always remember that more often than not, all the problems that you will ever come across in calculus will have more than a single way of solving it. You do not have to stick to the method that is taught in your book. You can figure out different methods and stick to those which you think is the easiest. Nobody will object to a student following a different approach to the problem, as long as it is right.
4. Be Methodical In Your Approach To The Problem
It is very important for one to be methodical in their approach to tackling the problem. Calculus demands discipline. You need to solve the problem one step after another. Try to finish one part of the problem before you move on to the next. This helps a great deal in solving the problem, as opposed to tackling all the different parts at once.
Make a separate section to carry out the rough work. Do not mix the core solution of the problem, with that of the rough work that you do.
5. Do Not Get Flustered
While trying to solve problems in calculus, it is very easy to get flustered. It is very easy to get distracted from the work at hand. The fact that calculus takes more than one try to perfect does not go down well with the students. It is very important to stick to the problem at hand, and try and finish it irrespective of how hard it could get.
6. Ask For Help If Needed
Calculus can prove to be a challenge to a lot of students. Hence, if you find it difficult to figure out how to solve the problems in calculus, then it is best if you try and find someone who can help you. There is no shame in asking for help from someone who knows calculus well. If possible, try and get help from the person who is teaching you calculus.
7. Memorise Formulae
It seems like the list of formulae being used in calculus is never ending. There is a simple way of tackling this as well. If you try to memorise all the formulae in a single day, then it get very hard to do so. However, if you try to memorise the formulae as and when they are being taught, then it doesn’t seem like such a big burden.
Write down all the formulae once every day, and in no time you would’ve learnt all of them.
8. Revise As Many Times As Possible
It is quite common for students to forget the topics that were previously taught when they learn new ones. Hence, it is important to revise the old topics at least once a week, preferably during the weekend. Every weekend one can revise all the topics that have been taught to him/her. This will help in mastering all the topics in calculus.
9. Form A Study Group
You can get together some of your classmates, or friends and try to solve the calculus problems together. There is a possibility that each of you may solve the same problem in different ways. Hence, you are exposed to different ways of solving the problem and this will help you choose the method that you think is the easiest among all.
10. Develop A Study Strategy
Developing a study strategy will help you become confident, and hence, successful in calculus. Dedicate a few hours for tackling the problems in calculus. This will ensure that you do not do any last-minute cramming. In fact cramming everything at the very end or pulling all-nighters do not help in excelling in your exams at all.
When practiced on a daily basis, one understands the concept, and hence, calculus begins to seem very easy. If you take a systematic approach towards learning calculus, then understanding all the different types of problems in calculus is not difficult at all. Practice very well, and you will be good to go.