Mindspark, now has a series of Super Tests, of which the upcoming one is on Percentages. For those of you who are unaware, the Super Test is a series of regular tests for individual subscribers (currently only for Grades 5, 6 and 7) that allow them to know their strengths and weaknesses in a particular topic while also providing practice.
Why is it called a ‘Super Test’?
Super Quick – Takes just 30 minutes.
Super Concepts – Covers a gamut of concepts.
Super Feedback – Provides instant feedback on your performance.
At Mindspark, we research into thousands of data points on a daily basis, make sense of that data for you, and try to improve how students everywhere learn Mathematics. If your child has studied or will study Percentages, here are some errors to look out for-
1. “It is not necessary to always write the % symbol”
A good place to spot this is in your child’s notebook. Notice how the % symbol disappears during the course of solving the question, only to mysteriously appear again beside the answer. Students have to be taught to appreciate the meaning of %.
Encourage them to understand what it stands for, and to prevent errors as below…
2. “Increasing a number by x% is the same as increasing it by x”
This is an ever so popular understanding gap that we see in our students. An example would be as follows-
A: 20 B: 60 C: 70
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3. “Shift the decimal point by two places to the left, and add the % symbol”
Decimal numbers are essential for multi-step calculations involving percentages. Students are often taught how to quickly convert between percentages and decimals- this rote method of understanding the transformation often leads to learning gaps, as illustrated by the below question-
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