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By: dolphin (offline)  Wednesday, May 07 2008 @ 10:32 PM CDT (Read 3549 times)  
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What are the ten common mistakes made by students in Primary school's Maths? Are there ways to reduce carelessness in Maths?

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By: Erica (offline)  Tuesday, May 20 2008 @ 04:05 AM CDT  
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Quote by: dolphin

What are the ten common mistakes made by students in Primary school's Maths? Are there ways to reduce carelessness in Maths?<br />
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1. Over confidence - they do the workings in their head. They should do their workings in the space provided in between the questions.

2. After completing the paper, the children will usually look around and gesture at their friends. They should spend this free time going thru their workings (note 1 above) At least once or twice.

3. They should circle key words in the questions.

4. Understanding of the questions ia important. They often jump into conclusion as to exactly what the question is asking for.

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By: anooravi (offline)  Tuesday, May 20 2008 @ 04:36 AM CDT  
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I agree with all the 4 points mentioned. However I would like to suggest that when the pupils check their paper (especially the upper primary) they need to uncover mistakes beginning with the highest mark questions.

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By: rinangrn (offline)  Tuesday, October 21 2008 @ 12:03 PM CDT  
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ha ha, these are what my son is often capable of:

1) without reading the question completely. he'll think what the question is before he finishes the question and thus form his own answer not pertaining to the actual question at all.

2) his handwriting - his '4' can look like '9', '6' like '0' and so on. sometimes, even he himself can't make out what number was it he wrote ;(

3) simple additional/substraction mistake like 1+2 = 2 ?

4) working is correct but when he transfer to the answer, he transfer wrongly.

5) for mcq - he knows the answer is '2' but he'll fill in as '3' etc.

6) when he checks, he'll just see that all questions have answers and he'll 'assume' all his answers are correct Wink he'll never read thru the questions once again. 'so tiring!' he always says ;(

there are in fact lots more above but those are the common ones that i can think of now. i have tried many ways to help to overcome above problems but 'sigh' ;( i just tell myself that he's only P2 and a BOY, so hopefully with me constantly reminding him to avoid above mistakes, he may reduce them.

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By: queesiang (offline)  Saturday, February 07 2009 @ 08:03 AM CST  
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Wow..... all these are also my son's mistakes. Wonder if all boys are the same?????

Can someone help answer this question with the workings ....

Miss Tan bought some balloons for her pupils. If she gave each of her pupils 6 balloons, she would have 2 balloons left over. If she gave each of them 8 balloons, she would be short of 2 balloons. What was the least possible number of pupils Miss Tan had?

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By: Strawberry (offline)  Saturday, February 21 2009 @ 11:43 PM CST  
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Hi Queesiang,

Not sure whether you have solved the problem. The answer will be 2

Using this formula
(Left over + short) divide (Difference in number of objects each child gets)
= (2+ 2) divide (8 - 6)
= 4 divide 2
= 2

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By: queesiang (offline)  Monday, February 23 2009 @ 01:02 AM CST  
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Hi Strawberry

Thanks for the formula.

cheers

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By: kiasumum (offline)  Monday, February 23 2009 @ 10:43 AM CST  
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Hi all,

I guess in order for kids to excel in maths, they really need to know what is the question asking about. This is where english competency comes in. It is interlinked. If the kid does not understand what the question is asking, they will try to use the same method for all their questions. Big Grin

Btw, administrator thanks for all your papers.. A BIG THANK YOU!

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By: Strawberry (offline)  Tuesday, February 24 2009 @ 01:57 AM CST  
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Hi Strawberry

Thanks for the formula.

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Most welcome queesiang

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