Stories and poems seem not to have a place in math. However, research shows that math and literature are heavily connected, with literature playing a key role in improving your math skills.
Therefore, taking literature seriously is a key step a student should take to better their math performance. But how can they achieve this?
The following are ways through which reading can make you better at math.
Improved Fluency and Comprehension
Learning can take place in different forms. An unorthodox yet effective way to improve your fluency and comprehension in math is by engaging in a readers’ theater with a few of your classmates. A readers’ theater allows you to review what you’ve learned theatrically while improving your fluency and comprehension of the subject.
For instance, having a presentation on numbers and number lines can assist you in understanding better arithmetic operations based on the number line and recalling these concepts quicker in the exam room.
Better Understanding of Concepts
Better literature skills also translate to a better understanding of concepts. That is the by-product of fluency and comprehension. Mathematical poems, for instance, are a fun way of reminding yourself of some core math concepts.
Moreover, analyzing poems, in general, improves your ability to detect, analyze, and understand abstract concepts common in most poetry. You consequently train yourself to better understand more complex mathematical concepts by improving this cognitive ability.
Literature also improves our visualization skills which boost how quickly we can grasp and remember complex concepts.
Improved Problem-Solving Mindset
Literature such as stories and poems often come with riddles that the learner has to answer at the end. Improving this literature skill improves the learner’s overall problem-solving skills and mindset.
This translates to using read-alouds in class when answering word problems. Reading aloud allows you to make mistakes and recover from them as you present to other students. Moreover, you make more sense of the problems by reading aloud the text.
Making mistakes in front of your peers also gives you a growth mindset.
Literature makes someone more curious, engaged, and explorative. These qualities make for an overall better math student.
By being more curious, you read more resources on math concepts you are learning. Being more proactive makes you get the most help from your teacher and tutors. Being explorative allows you to try different ways of solving a math problem. Trying these different techniques further enhances your understanding of the concepts.
Fictional books with mathematical themes are a great way to develop mathematical curiosity and exploration through literature. You can also write mathematical journals highlighting your problem-solving experiences.
You can also articulate and defend your views about certain mathematical issues, such as theories and hypotheses.
Explore Online Resources Too
Online resources also provide a great way to explore the literature used in math to make you a better mathematics student. For instance, online IB math resources come with question banks and IB math practice exams containing engaging word problems. Attempting to solve these problems increases your comprehension and fluency in math.