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  1. #1 Basic mistakes 
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    Hey people not sure where to post this but it is maths related so i will put it here.

    In my opinion i'm a good mathematician, of everything we've been taught i can perform the method easily and i pick up new topics easily aswell.

    my main problem is that i keep making basic errors, like when i multiply two numbers i will get it wrong. i've only recently started doing this. can someone help me??


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    I think that you are begining to think faster than you write down, which does happen, the brain is trying to race ahead, a sort of "I know that what's next". It is not uncommon, I mostly get it when typing.

    It's not a bad thing, at least you know it's happening so should be able keep an eye on it.

    Either that or you have suddenly been projected into your late ninties!


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    I used to do this much more often up until more recently. The difference for me is that I do much more math now than I did before. Maybe although you might know a lot of math, you are just out of practice.

    Perhaps math is like riding a bike. Sure you know how to do it just fine, but after you wait for too long and get old and fat, it isn't as easy as it used to be.
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    You are not a good mathematician?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacketate
    Hey people not sure where to post this but it is maths related so i will put it here.

    In my opinion i'm a good mathematician, of everything we've been taught i can perform the method easily and i pick up new topics easily aswell.

    my main problem is that i keep making basic errors, like when i multiply two numbers i will get it wrong. i've only recently started doing this. can someone help me??


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    I think Megabrain is right... the more you progress in math (or any subject, for that matter), the faster you start going through the basic steps. With speed often comes sloppiness. It's almost inevitable; we all go through this sort of thing.

    I have two suggestions. First, don't get freaked out when you make careless mistakes. It's only a problem if you let it be one. Second, when you make a mistake, take a second to sit down and do the arithmetic out carefully. Better yet, for the time being, take more time with your calculations anyway. There's no shame in doing things long and slow, and the patience and practice will only pay off in the end.
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    Alright thanks guys,

    apart from robbie and streamSystems

    i think it is right that i rush ahead, to the next stage striving for the answer, and i make a careless mistake.

    in answer to robbies question, i am a good mathematician just i occasionaly make a careless mistake.
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