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HOW TO FINALLY LOVE MATHEMATICS

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HOW TO FINALLY LOVE MATHEMATICS
Hello beautiful reader, here’s another unique post by Sanni Arewa Eniola i hope you’ll enjoy it. I’ll appreciate your feedback.

Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to be an Albert Einstein or Pythagoras to love mathematics. Back in High school, mathematics is not my best subject even up to my education level. Although, it’s not the same for everyone. Research shows that 7 out of 10 people hate mathematics or dislike it. This might be due to bad teachers, bad basic mathematical introduction or unnecessary fear of the subject.
The SECRET about mathematics is that once you are able to fall in love with it and become a guru, it opens us your mind and makes every other subject easier than normal; even English! These are facts and they worked very well for me. Mathematics is just another regular subject. No hypes! Don’t see it as a big deal. If you set your mind to conquer it, you certainly will.

So here are some tips to how I fell in love with mathematics. I do hope these tips come in handy.
WORK ON YOUR MINDSET:
The major problem with we students(especially me)is that we glorify mathematics to be bigger than what it actually is. As I said before, it’s just another subject. We tend to be scared of it because of what we may have heard from seniors and from our mates about how hard it is.
Work on your mindset, mathematics isn’t a subject to torture you. See it as an opponent you can actually beat down. Once you can approach mathematics with a different mindset, you are one step closer to becoming an expert. CONFIDENCE!
KNOW THE BASICS:
Basics and fundamentals
Nobody builds a house by starting from the roof; you need a foundation. This is the area 80% of students have lost it. The importance of knowing your basics cannot be over emphasized because the basics are the blocks to building that mansion. Mathematics is really not complicated. All complex looking problems are built in the basics and fundamentals (fractions, mathematical operations, etc.) Once you are able to know your fundamentals very well, watch every other thing fall in place. This helps me a whole lot.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT:
 
Never feel you can be good at it without practice. The greatest of mathematicians do practice. Have tried several time to be good in this particular subject but Mathematics just seems to be like a sword and if it’s not sharpened regularly, it gets very blunt and in turn useless. Get books from different authors, and solve problems. This broadens your understanding on a subject matter. So set a particular time every day and study for 30mins to 1hour for a start; with full concentration and no distractions.
STUDY IN A MATHEMATICAL MANNER
Ever came across someone preparing for a mathematics exam and was just reading a textbook? It’s an ERROR. When studying, you must study right. Mathematics is solved and not read. Get a notebook and solve practice questions. Also whenever you’re studying mathematics, you should refer to other textbooks and materials for better references and explanations. Take down notes and write down formulas, rather than trying to cram them.
GET A TUTOR:

(This do help me sometimes)

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Find someone who can properly impact mathematical knowledge into you. It may be a paid tutor or a friend. It’s often detrimental if you wait till your grades are bad before you find a tutor. Take those hard difficult questions you don’t understand to them and take full advantage of the help they can provide you.
WORK YOUR BRAIN:
Drop that calculator! To be good in mathematics, you have to work that brain. Be familiar with your multiplication tables (part of knowing your basics) and every other basic calculation. Don’t pick up calculators to do simple additions like 15 + 17 or multiplications. Do well to make your brain work. It enhances your sharpness and increases your IQ level.
TEACH OTHERS:
Put your colleagues through in those topics you have become very good at. Let it be a form of test for yourself, to see if you properly understand that topics well. By teaching others, you broaden your understanding in those topics and identify shortcuts and possible loopholes. But be careful not to teach others what you are not sure of.
PREPARE EARLY
Engage in early preparations for your tests and examinations. Don’t wait till the last minute before you start trying to put everything into your brain; practice sample questions and make sure you are properly prepared.
NO MALPRACTICE:
By cheating, you hurt yourself and lie to yourself. Work hard and let your tests and examination be a form of assessment for you, to see how far you have come in your study. Stay calm and avoid anxiety and believe you can do it.
Hope you learnt a thing or two? Put these into practice and watch the anxiety go down the drain. Also, if you have suggestions or contributions, you could put them down in the comment section. I’ll appreciate it.
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1ST NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS CONFERENCE ON UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) ESSAY COMPETITION

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The 1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN SDGs presents the SDG Youth Essay Competition, offering undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions a chance to contribute to the discussion on achieving SDG4, Quality Education.

Competition Overview:

1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Essay Competition

The SDG Youth Essay Competition offers a grand prize of N1 million for the top three winners, along with free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – Open exclusively to undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

2. Entry Guidelines:

   – Topic:The Role of Students in Attainment of SDG4

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   – length: Essays should be 1500 words.

   – Entry Period: Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Thursday, February 29, 2024

   – Referencing: APA Style (6th Edition).

   – Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font size.

   – Documentation: Typed in 1.5 line spacing, MS Word format only.

   – Plagiarism: Only original content is accepted; plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

Benefits:

– Prizes:

  – 1st Prize: N500,000

  – 2nd Prize: N300,000

  – 3rd Prize: N200,000

– Winners will also receive free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.

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Required Documents:

– Student’s Institution ID Card

– Copy of Student’s Admission Letter

– One recent passport-size photograph

– WhatsApp telephone number and email address

Application Procedure:

– All entries and submissions (essay and required documents) should be scanned and sent to nigeriaessay@sdgyouth.org before the deadline.

For Further Inquiries:

– Call: 08068931151, 08133846739, 07067772964

– Email: nigeriaessay@sdgyouth.org

Deadline: February 29th, 2024

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to achieving SDG4 and win exciting prizes. Submit your entry and required documents before the deadline. For any inquiries, feel free to contact them via phone or email.

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PENTAGON PARTNERS NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION FOR UNDERGRADUATE LAW STUDENTS

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Are you an undergraduate law student in Nigeria eager to explore the intersection of law and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Pentagon Partners presents a unique opportunity for 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students to participate in the National Essay Competition.

Competition Overview:

Pentagon Partners National Essay Competition for Undergraduate Law Students

The National Essay Competition invites undergraduate law students to showcase their expertise and contribute to the discourse on AI, privacy, and data protection. In addition to cash prizes, participants have the chance to intern with Pentagon Partners, gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – The competition is open to 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students in Nigerian universities.

2. Essay Requirements:

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   – Length: Essays should not exceed 1500 words.

   – Format: Double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font.

   – References: OSCOLA format for citations with 10pt font size for footnotes and endnotes.

   – Submission Format: Essays must be submitted in PDF format.

   – Entrant Details: Include full names, school, level, phone number, and email address in both the body of the email and on the last page of the essay.

   – Single Entry: Each entrant is allowed only one submission.

   – Originality: Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

Competition Benefits and Timeline:

1. Prizes:

   – Winner: N200,000

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   – 1st Runner Up: N150,000

   – 2nd Runner Up: N100,000

2. Internship Opportunity:

   – In addition to cash prizes, winners have the exclusive opportunity to intern with Pentagon Partners, enhancing their career prospects.

Application Procedure:

– Interested participants should submit their essays to essay@pentagonpartnerslp.com during the submission period.

– The subject of the email should be the Essay topic

For additional information and updates, visit www.pentagonpartnerslp.com.

Deadline: March 22nd, 2024

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your legal expertise, contribute to important discussions on AI and law, and vie for enticing cash prizes. Pentagon Partners looks forward to receiving your submissions.

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SYSTEMSPECS CHILDREN’S DAY ESSAY COMPETITION (CDEC), 2024

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The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC) is an annual event aimed at fostering innovative thinking among primary and secondary school students in Nigeria. It provides a platform for young minds to propose technological solutions to national challenges.

Purpose:
Inaugurated in 2020, the CDEC is part of SystemSpecs’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to promoting capacity development in the Nigerian ICT industry. By encouraging young Nigerians to tackle everyday issues, the competition contributes to intellectual growth and societal progress.

SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC), 2024

Topic:
The theme for the 2024 competition is “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology.” Participants are tasked with exploring strategies to safeguard children in an increasingly digital world.

Eligibility:
– Open to primary and secondary school students in Nigeria aged 9 to 16.

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– Junior category (ages 9 to 12) essays must not exceed 1,000 words.

– Senior category (ages 13 to 16) essays must not exceed 1,500 words.

Prizes:

– Winners will receive generous rewards, including a high-capacity laptop, premium headphones, a portable laptop stand, a smart wristwatch, and one year of internet data, among other items.

– Consolation prizes will be awarded to other participants.

Application Process:

– Interested candidates should access the application page 

– Essays must be written in English and reflect original thought.

– Each participant is limited to one entry.

– Entries must be endorsed by an accredited school official, parent, or legal guardian.

– Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2024.

Submission Guidelines:

– All submissions must be in PDF format and include the student’s name, home and school addresses, email address, and contact phone number.

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– Double entries will result in automatic disqualification.

– Submissions must be received by March 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners:

– Successful students and schools will be contacted in the second quarter of the year.

– Updates on winners will be announced on @nercng social media platforms.

The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition offers a unique opportunity for Nigerian students to demonstrate their creativity and problem-solving skills. By addressing the theme of online child protection, participants contribute to building a safer and more secure digital environment for all. We encourage eligible students to seize this opportunity and showcase their talent and ingenuity.

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