## Are you finding Elementary Maths (E Maths) or Additional Maths (A Maths) Difficult?

Do not be discouraged if you find E Maths or A Maths difficult. The main reason **why you are finding it to be difficult is that it is new**. You have **not gotten enough exposure to the type of questions asked**. It is like learning to ride a bicycle, at the start it is difficult and you may even fall down. But after you have mastered riding the bicycle, you will be able to ride as fast as you wish. You need to get over **the initial difficulty** of learning in order to master the art of riding the bicycle.

At our Group Tuition at Bishan, we constantly practice actual exam questions, be it on **Trigonometry, Differentiation or Integration (A Maths), or Vectors, Matrices and Probability (E Maths)**. We learn different methods to check and do the questions. You will find out, at last, that once you master the art of solving O Level questions, all the O Level questions are just repackaging the same questions in different forms. Once you know how to do one question, you will know how to do all similar questions. **Expanding your repertoire of questions you know** will enable you to **get that coveted “A”**. **Constant practice**, as opposed to cramming one month before the O Levels, **is absolutely necessary to avoid panic and to consolidate our Mathematical memory**.

Some Math formulas like the quotient rule, , you will automatically memorize it once you have done enough practice.

In the end, you may even find that E Maths or A Maths is easy!

## Motivational Story to motivate you

(Source: http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm)

THE OBSTACLE IN OUR PATH

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve one’s condition.

## Chinese Version

石头的故事

从前有一个国王，他故意派人搬来一块大石头放在道路中间。然后这个国王躲在旁边静静地观察，想知道是否会有人过来把这块大石头搬走。有几个富有的商人经过这块石头，只是直接绕过它。之后又来了几个人，他们只是埋怨国王居然没有找人来清理道路，然后仍然是绕过这块巨石走掉了。又过了一会，一个农夫经过这里，他身上背着沉甸甸的蔬菜。走到巨石的前面，把身上背的蔬菜放下，然后试着去把这块巨大的石头移到道路的旁边。农夫竭尽全力去推那块巨石，终于成功得把石头推到道路的一侧。农夫背起蔬菜准备继续赶路，却发现石头原来所在的地方下面有一个袋子。农夫好奇得打开袋子，里面有许多金币还有一个纸条。纸条是国王留下的，原来金币是用来奖励移走石头的人。

这个小故事讲述了一个简单的道理：困境也有可能是机会。遇到困难的时候，有些人会像商人那样，直接选择放弃。有些人会像那几个埋怨者，只会抱怨却不想着付出行动来改变现状。很少人会像故事中的农夫那样选择迎难而上。然而，最终收获最多的往往就是这部分迎难而上的人。

平常生活中和工作中也是这样，遇到问题，首先要不抛弃不放弃，积极寻求解决方法。无休止的抱怨只会白白错失机会，抱怨多了，好运气也会绕道而行。在困境中寻找机会方法，在挫折中吸取经验教训，那么就会很容易走出困境了，说不定还会有意外的收获哦！

This post is very encouraging and true. Here is my testimonial: After memorizing and practicing the quotient rule 43 years ago, I have never forgotten it, even though I’ve gone as much as 20 years or so without using it. I have occasion to use it quite a bit right now, but I didn’t even need to review it.

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Thanks for your comment!

Yes, it is really amazing how the human brain works. “Memorizing” formulas like the quadratic formula or quotient rule comes naturally with practice.

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