## Describe some useful skills you learned in a math class front your primary /high school.

*You should say:*

*What the skill was**How you learned it**Who taught you**And explain why it was useful to you*

### Band 9 Model Answer

Well, math is not my strong suit as I’m quite absent-minded and easily forget numbers and figures every time I do a calculation. If I’m going to give you an account of a practical math skill I acquired from a class in my primary school, off the top of my head. I’d say it would be mental calculation skill

As part of the lesson about the multiplication tablet which is the rudimentary knowledge that any math learners have to master mental calculation was then brought up in the class by my form teacher at that time and such a subject drew uninterrupted attention from all the students. I was instructed how to memorise the multiplication table, how to add, subtract, multiply or divide Ị sum in my head as well as some tricks to work out the problem in an effective and efficient way. I got the hang of this skill right off the bat and was then capable of calculating without having to write down the numbers on the paper, all being done mentally as fast as lightning

This skill is particularly useful in daily activities such as going shopping in the market when you’re supposed to figure out the exact amount of money to pay the seller, and this calculation skill helps me avoid being undercharged or overcharged, so I can manage my money in a more excellent manner. Or when my buddies and I have dinner in some restaurants, it would be of great help for me to check the bills to see if they are correct. After all, math is of the essence in our routine life.

**QUESTIONS FOR PART 3**

**Can computers help US in math areas?**

Without a shadow of a doubt any Ill-tech gizmos lean lend US a hand with mathematical problems. It can be clearly seen at university when students are often required to calculate an enormous amount of data. Thanks to some softwares installed in the computer, any undergrads can freeze through the calculation process by simply inputting the data and then after some minutes of, waiting, the problems are solved by the computer. The role of human participation in this process is to check whether the method used is correct, the calculation rest with the machine itself.

**What it the first subject learned by children in childhood?**

If I remember rightly, the very first subject that every child is taught is dictation. It’s a module in the mother language subject. In this, kids are required to write down the words clearly and slowly pronounced by the teachers without committing blunder regarding grammar or spelling. This also trains children in calligraphy as they are told to write down beautifully the characters spoken by the teacher, which helps them have eat handwriting and meticulousness.

**What methods can be applied to make math class more interesting?**

In my opinion, I’d strongly recommend that teachers Relate the math lessons to real life issues! Say, how they should add or multiply a sum when they go shopping in the market, or the homework should consist of more real-life problems, less on theoretical knowledge so as to kindle the interest of the kids. Another approach worthy of consideration is that schools should organize some field trips to certain places such as the market so that they can apply the knowledge acquired at school into practical issues.

**How do schools teach math in your country?**

In my country, teachers often focus more on the transmission of theoretical knowledge father than prioritizing the practical aspects of the subjects! Students are required to cram huge amounts of formulas and theorems, which are only useful in solving theoretical problems, It’s saddening to say that most people are weak when it comes to applying the knowledge obtained from maths into real-life issues.

** What are the advantages and disadvantages of using calculator?**

A calculator is especially useful in working out a maths problem that involves big data, and if students calculate the sum manually, it may take half an hour. By simply inputting the figures into the calculator! the Solution pops up right in front of you! However, the drawback of over reliance on calculator is that students may forget how to perform simple calculation formulas! or become slow in mental calculations. So if children want to be sharp in their calculation, they should less rely on calculators for simple calculations.

**When do kids in your country start to learn math?**

Quite early, I’d have to say. Math forms the foundation of many other science so the importance of teaching maths is recognized by governments worldwide. Kids in primary school start to familiarize themselves with the multiplication table and the methods to solve basic calculations. The process may start as early as when the kid reaches grade 1.

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