GED Preparation: Studying for the Math Section; The 5 R's

Preparing for the Math portion of the GED can be quite difficult; you must, after all, answer a number of different types or problems, each requiring different technique. While there is no standardized method for solving each problem, there is one for studying how to solve them. This article outlines what are known as the 5 R's: Recopy, Rework, Recite, Recheck and Reason.

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As several other articles have noted, the GED is divided into four sections, each requiring the test taker to draw upon a number of diverse skills. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that only 56 percent actually pass during their first attempt. The best way to ensure your own success is to truly prepare for each part of the exam, calling upon appropriate study techniques for each. Math is no exception.

It can be difficult to prepare for the math portion of the GED. You must, after all, answer a number of different types of problems. Because this requires a bit of memorization, it is generally best to invest in some sort of GED preparation program, whether through workbooks or online. These resources will typically provide you with a broad sample of the types of problems you can expect to encounter and how to solve them. While it is true that each must be solved differently, one can approach learning how to do so using a standardized method called the 5 R's: Recopy, Rework, Recite, Recheck and verify Reasonableness.

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Recopy - Recopy examples done in class or in your study text.

Rework - Rework model problems until they become easy for you.

Recite - Recite each step of the process out loud to be certain you understand the process.

Recheck - Recheck your work. Sometimes simple errors go unnoticed the first time around.

Reasonableness - Ensure that your logic reflects sound reason. Ask yourself whether or not the answer you came to truly makes sense.

Use this approach with every practice problem you come across in your study materials to ensure that you not only understand how to approach it, but can verify your work as well. Once you have applied this technique to each type of problem several times, solving them may become second nature.

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