By : Yashashree Mahajan
Maths is either your best friend or your worst enemy. You either love it or hate it; there is no other away about it. But sadly for all those who wish to make into the top three law schools, you have to strike a deal with it; otherwise you might be in a bit of a trouble.
So now the question is how to tame this dragon and the answer is fairly simple- practice, unless you are a Mensa club member with a super high IQ, you need to work for it. You have to find a way to incorporate maths in your daily life so that it doesn’t become a burden. The plus point in clat is that it is multiple choice exam, hence the burden on you is not to find the perfect answer but to mark the answer that is the best. For clat you don’t need to get answer right to the last decimal, you just have to find the answer in the nearest range and thats good enough. And luckily the options given are far apart for you to strike half of them out without doing a single step. Working from the options is the best way to solve maths questions. This way first you have narrower answer margin and have a higher probability of getting the answer right when you have to do inny, minny, miiny, mo.
What you need is 30 min a day dedicated to maths esp. for those who are bad at it. And this should increase to 1 hour once boards are over. You might think that, why to work so hard for it, as it carries only 10% weightage. The reason is that maths is not something you can build in a day it needs constant practice over a period of time and other thing is that it’s something you don’t need to revise, so once you are thorough with, you can be at peace . As then you will be able to solve any sum anytime.
You can’t afford to give too much time for solving maths sums during clat. Ideally you should take 12- 15 minutes to solve 20 question. Hence you have to forget using the long winding methods we learn at school and try to solve as much as you can in your head. With minimum steps on paper as possible and never more than 3 steps. So you need to cut down the steps and solve the sums as fast as possible.
What is important to remember about maths is that it is extended logic. So the first step to solve a maths problem is to apply logic, before formulae. This way you are able to strike out the options,.
So if you are given a sum like 5 apples and 4 pears cost as much as 7 pears and 3 apples , then what is the ration of cost of 1 apple to 1 pear. The options are 3:1, 3:2 , 2:3, 4:5. Here as we see it takes more no of pears are needed (7) when you reduce the no of apples by 1. Hence the cost of apples is going to be higher than that of pears. So the ratios of 2:3 and 4:5, get crossed out , without even the need to solve the sum.
Next step is the follows the English saying.. look before you leap and think before you tick. For example, if you read a offer that says buy stuff worth 2000 and get stuff worth 1000 free, and then you are asked what is the discount you are given, the first number that will come to your mind is 50% as 1000 is half of 2000 and so thats what the answer is, and this is where you need to slow down, the answer to the question is 33.33% as the discount of 1000 you are getting is on 3000 not 2000 and hence the answer. And the clat paper is full of such googlies, so it is very important that you watch out for them.
These are few of tips you need to keep in your mind along with regular practice and maths worries will be a thing of the past. So pull up your socks, sharpen your pencils and happy solving.