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Math Made Easy With 3 Simple Hacks

It is said that 5 out of 4 people don’t understand fractions. That’s a math joke, and if you don’t get it, you need to keep reading.

For some reason, math is the fly in the ointment or the albatross around many a student’s neck. It doesn’t have to be, though. Unlike English, Spanish, or Chinese, math is a universal language, understood around the globe. 4+4 equals 8 everywhere. Half of 100 is 50. A 90 degree angle in Bahrain is a 90 degree angle in Sydney. So if you are still reading, we’ll assume you don’t “get it”. That’s okay, though. You’re not alone. A lot of us don’t “get it”.

Those who don’t “get it” probably lack the basics of math, and most likely didn’t have a solid foundation when starting out. Math tutoring in Brampton could be one way to go since it’s difficult to return to third grade and try those pesky multiplication tables again. Let’s see some simple hacks that may help you learn math faster:

HACK 1 – Let’s go back to the multiplication tables. The 9’s are always difficult, but a simple hack is to write down a column of numbers 0-9 and next to that a column from 9-0, like so:

09 9×1
18 9×2
27 9×3
36 9×4
45 9×5
54 9×6
63 9×7
72 9×8
81 9×9
90 9×10

You can probably keep that little tip in mind when confronted with multiplying 9’s, or try tutoring in Brampton. Here’s another simple multiplication hack: If you want to multiply by 11, simply double the number you multiply it by. So 11×3=33, 11×7=77. Easy!

HACK 2 – Percentages and fractions are another problem area, but with this simple hack you can figure out just how much you’ll save on those new shoes. Let’s assume you need to figure out 40% of 300. Drop the 1’s digit of both numbers and multiply what is left. So 40 becomes 4 and 300 becomes 30. 3×40= 120, so 40% of 300 is 120. Try 20% of 180. If you didn’t get 36, you may want to try some math tutoring in Brampton.

HACK 3 – “<” vs. “>”. Ah, yes- ‘less than” and “greater than”. Do you get mixed up? Try this: Whichever way the arrow is pointing, draw a small “o”, and on the other side, draw a large “O”. A “o” is smaller, or less, than the large “O”. It will look like this:
o < O
And reversed: O > o

Hopefully these hacks have helped you understand math a tad more, but if not, try some tutoring in Brampton. Maybe you can start telling your own math jokes!

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