4. Focus on conceptual understanding rather than memorization.

Math Anxiety

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Fluency with basic facts is important, but many students have math anxiety due to the large amount of memorization required in most math classes. Now that students have instant access to formulas and theorems via the Internet, memorization of formulas has become less important than being able to understand and solve them. Most standardized tests provide a list of formulas for students, reducing the need for memorization even further.

Teach your students when to use a particular formula, what its proper applications are, and how to manipulate it to solve for a particular variable. Once the pressure to commit every formula to memory is lifted, math becomes less daunting and students are able to shift their focus to gaining a deeper conceptual understanding of the topic.