This blog is written to help out students who are very weak in Quantitative Aptitude. If you are weak in one subject then you should strive for 99+ percentile in the other two subjects and around 85+ in the weaker one so as to score a 99+ overall.
A lot of students face trouble when it comes to Mathematics. There’s nothing one can do but learn and practice with more dedication and self-discipline.
Malcolm Gladwell, a renowned author & journalist, considers 10,000 Hours Rule as the key to success in any field. The rule explains that 10,000 hours of dedicated practice for a specific task can make you an expert in that.
The purpose of this rule is to highlight that practice is everything to get the right outcome. So, for the students who are bad in Math, this can act as a major motivating factor.
Start following the points given below to improve your Quants for CAT-
The first thing you have to do is to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Understand which part of Maths is tough for you and make a list of it. Is it Algebra, Geometry, Number Systems, Formulas, Equations or any other?
Then start working on your weaknesses without any delay. You need to give more time to these topics as compared to others. But remember to maintain a balance with other sections too for scoring a good percentile.
- UNDERSTAND AND STRATEGIZE
After analyzing, strategize and plan to make a proper schedule. Plan everything beforehand so that at the time of studying, you don’t fritter away your precious time on deciding that.
Create a list of which subjects or topics you’re good in and others that you need to be better at. Then make a fully-planned schedule and study as per that.
Your schedule must answer the basic 5Ws & 1H questions (who, what, where, when, why, how). Also, it should be clear, realistic & timely.
If your Math is weak, dedicate at least 3-5 hours daily to it in the beginning months of preparation. It’s up to you and your learning capabilities whether you’ll study in one sitting or take breaks in between.
- SET GOALS
Set small goals for each day and work hard for their completion. For example, today I will solve 20 questions of Percentage. Gain confidence in what you’ve done and then move on to tougher parts.
It only takes 20 questions and a few hours to gain confidence in any topic. We just need to set a goal and work towards it.
Don’t waste a lot of time studying things that you already know. Instead, use that time efficiently and cover other topics.
The only way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics. There are plenty of practice material and study books available online & offline. Instead of dawdling around, start by learning the fundamentals of Maths from class 8th to 10th. Have your basics clear such as:
- Squares of 1-30
- Cubes of 1-15
- Tables from 1-20
- Percentage Fraction Equivalence
- Formulas and tricks to solve Fractions, Percentages, and Ratios within time.
Your focus should be on building basics. If you are very weak in QA then start with practicing from NCERT’s solved and unsolved problems. Build up your basics then move ahead. Take a quick look at some of the tips to solve Quants here.
Along with textbooks and practice books, try solving puzzles and games on Maths and Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation. There are many people such as Shakuntala Devi and George J Summers who have written interesting puzzle books and riddles.
You can also seek help from social media or online tutorials to solve your doubts in real-time. That way you can learn at your own pace, have a flexible schedule by watching and replaying videos anytime and do other such things.
Also, don’t hesitate while asking questions or expressing your queries online as “He Who Asks A Question Is A Fool For Five Minutes; He Who Does Not Ask A Question Remains A Fool Forever”.
But remember to always use social media judiciously such as for exam related updates and questions or by interacting with others to get tips. You can follow Gofodu’s Social Media profile to get daily tips and tricks for CAT.
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- CALCULATION SPEED
Pay attention to your calculation speed as it will help in both DI and Quants section. Fast speed saves a lot of time and guarantees a boost in motivation and confidence levels.
Mental Math helps you manipulate numbers, i.e guides you on how to make an equation easier to solve. Learn how to solve more questions through mental Math within a limited time. Practicing within time limits makes your brain think faster and more efficiently under stress.
To have fast calculation speed-
- Start avoiding the use of a calculator.
- Solve 1 set of DI & LR daily and 5-10 questions of Quants.
- Memorize multiplication tables, cubes, squares, etc. from 1-20.
- Learn Multiplication Tricks, Divisibility Rules, and different conceptual tricks to solve questions fastly.
This is proven to save you from a lot of trouble at the end.
- USE OPTIONS AND LOOK FOR ALTERNATE METHODS
Understand the importance of solving MCQs through options by mere elimination, it saves a lot of time. For this, you need to read the question carefully while comprehending its content and then answer it.
Brainstorming while solving questions is really important at initial levels. Always try to solve a question with alternate methods even if you’ve found the answer as it will strengthen the concept.
Make notes of important points and formulas. Even if you are not good at something in the first go, revisiting it, again and again, may help you become good at it. We at Gofodu have integrated an interesting notepad feature in the student’s dashboard, do give it a try.
- DO ONE THING AT A TIME
While studying, students often tend to jump from one topic to another instead of sticking to one thing. This results in a waste of time without any actual learning.
So, the only way to make your learning effective is to not be monkey minded and concentrate on being ox minded. Ox mind refers to a quiet and patient mind which helps to be thorough at work.
Relax your mind first & then start studying. Get started with defining-
What do I want to complete?
And, how will I complete it?
Set reminders, alarms & time limits while studying but keep in mind that there’s nothing to rush on as everyone has their own learning pattern and pace.
The best way to be effective is to cover the whole syllabus by breaking it subject-wise and further topic-wise. If you don’t understand something, focus on learning that before moving on to another topic. After getting that topic right, you can work your way up to tougher questions.
- GIVE IT A TRY
Most of the things seem difficult because we haven’t tried them yet. So, if you think any topic is not your cup of tea, try doing a bit of it and, you might find it doable or even easy. If any topic seems boring or difficult, try doing it for half an hour and you will actually end up doing it for more time or might even finish it to your surprise.
Make sure you get through all the concepts without skipping any part. Unfinished topics can create problems for you at the time of the exam, so keeping this point in mind is very important.
- TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
It’s very essential to keep a track of what you’re doing to stay focused throughout your preparation journey.
It is easier said than done & that’s why you should monitor your daily progress by either marking it in a calendar or by maintaining a journal. You can also use apps such as ATracker, Goals on Track, CoachMe, etc. to track your success.
Set performance indicators that will help you understand and measure your progress over the days. For example, see how much time it takes to solve 10 quants questions in week 1, and compare it to the time taken in week 4.
This will indicate whether your speed has slowed down or increased. Observing your performance growth gives a sense of optimism and motivates you to do better.
Along with that, it’s important to review your downfalls too such as a low mock score or slow speed. Try improving them as much as you can.
- BE CONSISTENT
Consistency is very important throughout your learning period, it helps develop a routine and makes you more efficient in your studies.
It sounds simple but being consistent and motivated all the time can be difficult. Avoid procrastinating and block any kind of distractions such as mobile phones and television at the time of studying.
If you follow these points sincerely, you’ll not only get good in Quants but also score a great percentile in CAT.
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Wish you all the best for the preparation!