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I'm 14, and I'm the Math topper in my grade. But suddenly, I've started loosing confidence, and I've started forgetting maths.. I am looking for a good solution. (If it helps, I'm forgetting a bit of programming logic). I've specifically started loosing knowledge in Logical Mathematical Problems. So basically, my logic is not working..

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Your question doesn't really have enough detail to be answerable. What are you forgetting? How long does it take you to forget it? And why does the obvious solution (go back and refresh your memory) not work? –  Jack M Jul 4 '14 at 19:23
@JackM its the logic which is not responding. –  Hassan Althaf Jul 4 '14 at 19:25
Certainly solving exercise problems keep and improve your skills. On the other hand it is important not to loose the fun. So maybe try to identify some area which you like and try to learn more there too. –  mvw Jul 4 '14 at 19:25
@mvw what do you mean? I used to do any type of question in Math, but suddenly, my grades dropped and I'm starting to loose my logic, which I don't want to. I am trying to practise and not loose my logical thinking to solve logical questions. –  Hassan Althaf Jul 4 '14 at 19:27
@mvw can you recommend me some sites? –  Hassan Althaf Jul 4 '14 at 19:29

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If you're forgetting certain topics in math, then I suggest the best method is to do math problems daily or at least 5 days in a week.

Usually when you learn math and stop doing it for over 2 weeks or more, you start to forget, lost your confidence, etc. (Personal experience).

If you're looking for problems to do, I suggest:

  • Buy a book from AOPS
  • Visit this site called Brilliant
  • Look at some problems here! There are lots of users who are very smart and experienced and have answered lots of good questions. Visit some of the problems here. The contest-math tag is a good place to start.

Email me at vi0210@yahoo.com if you need anymore help.

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I can warmly recommend getting a Nintendo handheld device and a copy of one of the "Professor Layton" titles. A famous series of puzzle games and logic problems.

The games are wrapped in an entertaining story too. Try a demo version first, if you don't believe me. :-)

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You could do it like me, pretending to buy it for a younger relative, in my case my daughter. :-) –  mvw Jul 4 '14 at 19:37
stop being childish.A nintendo isnt anything to be ashamed of. –  cirpis Jul 4 '14 at 19:37
well youre actin like you are four, so what if they laugh, i mean, really its just for your own fun, heck many of them would love the thought process themselves. worst case scenario just play it home. –  cirpis Jul 4 '14 at 19:57
@Hassan I've seen people with PhDs in math play with a Nintendo and goodness I had the most ridiculous argument about pokemon of all things in a room full of people with PhDs and masters. Sure some people will judge you, but part of growing up is getting confident enough to ignore that. Why should you miss out on something fun just because somebody you wouldn't care about anyhow deems it "childish"? You're in good company if you ignore them :-) –  Voo Jul 4 '14 at 23:12
Looks like a lot of us play silly games: math.stackexchange.com/questions/831022/… –  Henry Swanson Jul 5 '14 at 1:15

The fundamental problem here is that math and science education in school is at too low a level. In schools they teach at a level appropriate for retarded children. This is because when it comes to math and science, the attitude taken by society is that you only need to know the minimum necessary to get a job and if you want to know more, you can learn it at university. This has the effect of dumbing down the entire population save the few who go on to study at university. Other subjects are not taught that way, e.g. we don't limit English language education to just spelling and grammar and leave literature to university (you don't need to know the plays of Shakespeare to get a job).

So, my diagnosis is that you are suffering from dumbing down syndrome. The cure is to start to study real math from university level textbooks. When I was 12 I studied from my father's university books. Today this should be lot easier because we live in the internet era; if you don't understand something the answer is often just one Google search away. Now, studying math involves a lot of practice with solving difficult problems that even the best students struggle with, so you may have to get used to that at first. But eventually you'll get better at this, within a year you should know enough to pass the high school exam. If you pass the exam at age 15 then you are no longer burdened by having to attend math class in school.

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And note that in physics this problem exists to some extent at even undergraduate levels, see here: insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/history.html –  Count Iblis Jul 5 '14 at 0:59

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