Math Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

How much fun are you having in math? Is it enjoyable, or is it quickly becoming one of your least favorite subjects? In this article, we'll show you some ideas that you can use to write about when talking about your math work.

Writing Prompts for Math Students

Many times, your teacher may ask you to keep some kind of math journal. They want you to keep track of how you are doing in your classes and homework, while also expressing how you feel about what you are studying. You can also share these with your classmates to compare how they are doing and see if you can work together on areas where you are having trouble. Let's look at some writing prompt ideas below.

Was It Easy Or Difficult?

With this question, you can explain in your writing how you did on a particular problem or set of problems. Let's say you do well with division, and you write about how easy you think dividing numbers is. By sharing this with others, you might be able to help your classmates with some tips that you have discovered. At the same time, if you are having trouble with something like measurements, you can seek help from your fellow students who are having an easier time with a particular subject.

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Math As A Color, Shape or Sound

When you look at your math work and all of the numbers and symbols, how do you interpret them in your head? Do they make music, or do they resemble something you have seen elsewhere in life? This can help to draw comparisons and establish relationships in your mind, and as you continue to learn more math concepts in the future, you can always link the more complicated stuff to how you envision it in your head.

Continue your study of math shapes with's lessons on triangles.

Why Use A Journal?

Maybe you've asked this of yourself: why even bother keeping a journal? Sure, they are great for seeing how far you go with your math studies, but why not just keep doing practice problems? Write your thoughts down about the act of keeping a journal.

If you are great in math but need some help with the rules of English, has review courses in spelling and punctuation along with the basics of writing. These will make your journals even more presentable to share with your teachers and classmates.

Why Do I Need Math?

Can you think of some activities that you do on a daily basis that require you to use math? What about future jobs you might have? Do your parents use math at home? Write about why math is important in school and in everyday life.

You can learn more about real-life situations that require math, including money-related situations, through's video lessons on rates, ratios and proportions.

How I Feel about Word Problems

Word problems! Some students love them. Others hate them. Write about how you feel about math problems, taking time to consider why you feel that way. Discuss what makes word problems difficult and come up with ideas for simplifying word problems or shortcuts that can help you solve them faster and easier.

If you get stuck, take a look at these lessons on solving math word problems.

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