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How we learn mathematics

Some maths facts, like multiplication tables, must be learnt by heart in order to allow fluent working on more complex problems. Rote learning is effectively used when memorization is required, but good teaching must facilitate the mastery of concepts instead of mere memorization of procedures.

Mathematics is essentially a problem solving exercise, and therefore emphasise must be put on the importance of understanding over the mere recall of facts.

Studying worked examples, followed by solving similar problems repeatedly is an effective way to enhance learning and ever deeper understanding of the subject matter.