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    what is the best way for avoiding silly mistakes in maths?
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    Do the questions slower
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    read the question
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    Read back over the stuff you've done, as you could have some easy to see mistakes.
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    (Original post by jhkhanesp)
    what is the best way for avoiding silly mistakes in maths?
    What people said above slow down, read the question properly... some more that work for me:

    1. Think why did I write this?
    2. How do I know this is correct?
    3. Am I being stupid?

    Try and see if you can explain the answer you wrote in your head, if you can't maybe there is a problem.
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    Solve each question twice and see if you get the same answers
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    (Original post by jhkhanesp)
    what is the best way for avoiding silly mistakes in maths?
    Always do different questions over and over again until you don't do the mistakes again
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    Look back over your work and see where you're making the silly mistakes. Write down a list of your most common mistakes- eg using the wrong signs, forgetting to do a step etc. When you're doing a test, check over your work to see if you've made any of those mistakes. Also, circle or mark questions you're not too sure about and come back to them at the end. Check if your answer makes sense eg if you're solving to find x, substitute x back into the equation to see if it's right, or use a different method to see if you come up with the same answer.
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    A good nights sleep beforehand so you are not tired, a sure recipe for mistakes not just in maths.
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    (Original post by jhkhanesp)
    what is the best way for avoiding silly mistakes in maths?
    Practice - there really is no substitute.

    If you have time, double-check your answers or rearranged formulae by substituting values back-in.
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    (Original post by KingHarold)
    A good nights sleep beforehand so you are not tired, a sure recipe for mistakes not just in maths.
    Do that as well which will help u
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    (Original post by zzero)
    Look back over your work and see where you're making the silly mistakes. Write down a list of your most common mistakes- eg using the wrong signs, forgetting to do a step etc. When you're doing a test, check over your work to see if you've made any of those mistakes. Also, circle or mark questions you're not too sure about and come back to them at the end. Check if your answer makes sense eg if you're solving to find x, substitute x back into the equation to see if it's right, or use a different method to see if you come up with the same answer.
    That is good too which will help u alot
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    If you're using matrices or complex numbers for example use those modes on the calculator to check your answer
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    do the question again and again
    do it slower and have a good night sleep
    do the easy one slower so you don't get any mistakes and do it, again and again,
    do hard question again and again
 
 
 
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