# 5 Tips To Improve Your Mental Math Skills

Mental math skills are an essential skill in life. Its importance in a career can never be ignored especially in competitive examinations.

There are several ways through which you will be able to improve your mental math skills effectively. But before that, we should know some reasons for which you should improve your mental math skills.

## Why should you improve your Mental Math skills?

• To enhance your determination, discipline, and endurance.
• Sharpens up your observation and memory.
• Trains your mind to think logically.
• You’ll be able to explore multiple options in a specific solution. You don’t have to stick to only one possibility.
• You’ll develop a problem-solving mindset and won’t be intimated by complex problems.

## How to improve your Mental Math skills

You can follow these simple activities to improve your mental math skills:

• ## Master your basic operational arithmetic

Your skills in basic operational arithmetic will always be tested in life. This will be of utmost importance in your competitive examinations where time is of the essence. Calculating quick and getting it right is the key. You’ll soon realize that those petty sums involving additions, subtractions, etc. have gone vastly significant in the later stage of your career because your entire problem is based on the same. Like we said before, the quicker you are, the quicker you’ll rush up the ladder to success.

So master your basic arithmetic, and you’ll probably surprise yourself in the long run when you’ll instantly figure out that 70,154 is a direct multiple of 7.

• ## Practice interpretations of tables and charts

This is where you are going to apply your basic operations in a more practical sense.

Take a table or a chart, analyze the facts and figures, perform quick mental calculations as required and come up with a sound logical interpretation. The key is to do it quickly. You’ll have to understand the intervals, labels, value scales and other related information within the blink of an eye. You’re also expected to make sensible estimations accordingly (if required).

The only way to master this is to practice doing it over and over again. This is going to help you throughout your career.

• ## Learn a few math tricks that you are going to keep up your sleeve

There are several ways through which one can practice math. Mathematics can be practiced in a bland manner like copying a problem on a piece of paper and solving it in a step-by-step fashion by following a traditional method. This is a decent way to practice mathematics, but if you stop improvising with your methods, you will not be able to improve your mental math skills.

It’s, therefore, necessary for you to consult various books and tutorials to know various shortcut tricks to solve a specific sum. You’ll have to bring down the number of steps a notch or two so that you get the result within a jiffy. Remember time is of the essence. 5 minutes is a luxury in competitive exams. Online math tutors can also teach you various shortcut tips and tricks that you can effectively implement in your competitive exams as per requirement.

• ## Engage in brain teasers and puzzles

Learning mathematics through games and brain teasers is always enthralling. In this case, you’ll be able to learn while having fun at the same time. Brain teasers and puzzles are a great way of enhancing your problem-solving capabilities and your mental math abilities at the same time. There are many available in the market such as board games, pen and paper games, Rubik’s cube, Tower of Hanoi, etc.

• ## Compute anywhere, anytime whenever you feel like it

Numbers are everywhere. You’ll just have to keep your eyes open to find them. Say, for example; you are standing in a queue to book a movie ticket. Estimate the number of persons in a queue. Try to find out the average time taken by each person to complete his/her purchase. A calculates guess is all you need to get to the result.

Mental math skills are undoubtedly very important in the later stage of your career. Playing with numbers is hence recommended from a very early age so that one gets pretty efficient in quick mental calculations. With that, we’ll bring this article to an end. Hope you had a decent read.

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### Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.