How to remember complex formulas in mathematics, physics, and chemistry

At school, children are introduced to a new topic and a new formula and begin to solve problems. It is believed that after repeated application, the formula will be deposited in the head. If it is not delayed, then it just needs to be memorized. However, some teachers forget that the amount of information that a child receives is huge. And in addition to the new math formula, the child needs to learn countries and capitals in geography, a dozen dates and events in history, a couple of rules in English, and so on. As a result, the formulas are simply lost in the flow of information and forgotten first. Because in contrast to other information, formulas are completely unbiased, and sometimes incomprehensible to children.

Learning formulas is a prerequisite for all students. By and large, all learning consists of a qualitative explanation of what is happening (i.e. verbal) and a quantitative explanation (using formulas). Most often, it is the second part that interests teachers in exams and tests.

1) the First step in studying a group of formulas is to study the quantities that make up them. Simply put, you must clearly understand what a particular letter stands for, and distinguish variables from constant coefficients.
2) Next, you must understand the essence of the dependency. In other words, you need to understand why when one value changes, another changes. It is necessary to analyze whether the dependence is direct / inverse proportionality, or is nonlinear.
3) you should take advantage of the fact that visual information is learned much better than other types of information. You need to plot the dependence of one value on another. Then you will better understand the essence of the formula, therefore, it will firmly settle in your memory.
4) self-Checking is the most important part of fixing the educational material. You can use this non-standard method – write down a group of formulas on a piece of paper with empty squares in each. An empty square should be left in place of one of the values. Some time after you make these “checklists”, start testing. In place of an empty square, write a letter from the formula. It is advisable to copy several of these sheets to check yourself several times.

This skill allows you to reduce the time to remember, the strength to remember and is a great ally. By passing this skill on to the child, you delegate the learning process to the child. You, like me, are free from the lessons of children, the need to learn something with them or explain.


Remember: The process of learning a person lasts a lifetime. The value of the same knowledge for different people may be different, it is determined by their individual characteristics and needs. Therefore, knowledge is always needed at any age and position.