Steps To Master A Difficult Subject

This is something that I've come up with from personal experience. So, I can say that these steps are proven to be successful. Here's where we can start..

1. Realize that we find the subject quite hard.

This is actually a step that has been done by most of us..but some of us do it too much that we feel very difficult to master the subject at all, or in other words, give up. It is just important to realize that the we are having some difficulty in a subject. Then, we move on.

2. Ask for help!

This one is not really supposed to be number 2, but because it helps quite a I think we should pay attention here first. I actually had problems with my Additional Mathematics. Why? That should be discussed in another topic.haha. The first thing I did was to ask for help as this is actually the easiest step. I asked someone better at this to help teach me and it worked. In fact, we can ask for help from teachers too. They are the experts. So, why waste time not asking? It's their job anyway. To teach! There are though some things we must keep in mind when asking for help..
i. Don't think that by letting someone teach us, we'll go from E to A just like that.
ii. Ask help from a number of friends (if possible)
iii. Try and make it a win-win situation, e.g. "you teach me Math & I'll teach you Biology"
iv. When asking help from friends, don't blame them if they're unable to teach..they're students too.
v. Tell the person your specific problem..don't just go and say "please teach me everything!"

Overall, this step reaaally helps. But, it won't work by itself. There are still more.

3. Focus more in class.

I know this sounds very cliche..but it really works. Anyway, one of the reasons we start to have difficulty in a subject is not focusing in class..isn't it? Therefore, this is the source of the problem and we must take action! There are numerous ways to stay 'alive' in class, like asking or answering questions or chewing candy (only if the teacher's ok with that). The point is, focus more in class and maintain it.

4. Read more.

Haha..another cliche step you say? Again, this reaally works! Ok, let's make this simple. When the exam is around the corner, what do we do? We open our books and read them! But, why doesn't it work fully then? because..we always do it in the very last minute. And our focus also usually is not very good at that time with the number of books to read and the worry that we have. So, we have to start reading more on that weak subject even though the exams are still far away. When we read, we understand. Then we can put the understanding to practice. BUT..this may not work fantastically with every subject..take maths for example. It's more to calculating, so, more on exercises!

5. Do more exercises.

Hmm..I bet we all know this already.. But we keep throwing this aside. So, I'm telling ya. This is full proof! The more exercises we do, the better we get. That's how our brain works. When we get used to stuff, things get easier. The only thing is, we have to make sure we're practicing right. Proper practice prevents poor performance. You might want to read that line again. A good way to practice is to start from the basics and move on as we get better. Then we'll master everything.

6. Keep calm and don't worry. 

Worry makes no money. I like that sentence. :D  Worrying brings nothing but a bad mood and restlessness. So let's just keep calm and do our best. Good luck in mastering that tough subject!

*If there's anything you would like me to add, do tell. Thanks!


  1. worry makes no money.
    okay, i'll take that !
    thnx ;D

  2. heheh..go ahead..feel free to take whatever you need~ ^_^