## 50 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Math

How many times have you seen the same types of mistakes occurring in your child’s Math papers?

How many marks can your child save if he can avoid those common mistakes?

Instead of letting your child make all those mistakes and losing precious marks in the exams, why not expose your child to these mistakes and teach your child to avoid them?

**Learning from Others’ Mistakes**

Most centres or tutors will make their students do corrections and learn from their own mistakes.

**We invert the whole teaching process** by telling your child the mistakes made by others and how to avoid them.

This process will shorten your child’s learning journey so that your child can see improvements and results in a shorter time.

All our Math tutors have been in this field long enough to know exactly what the common mistakes are.

Without further ado, here are 50 common mistakes to avoid in Math….

**Number**

**1. Subtract A from B**

Wrong: A – B

Correct: B – A

**2. Incorrect Workings**

Wrong

30 – 2 × 6

= 12 (Marks will be deducted for wrong workings though the answer is correct)

= 30 – 12

= 18

Correct

30 – 2 × 6

= 30 – 12

= 18

**3. Order of Operations**

Wrong

50 – 3 × 2

= 47 × 2

= 94

Correct

50 – 3 × 2

= 50 – 6

= 44

**4. Values with Different Units**

*5 kg worth of flour is packed into bags of 100g. How many bags are there?*

Wrong

5 ÷ 100 = 0.05

Correct

5 kg = 5000 g

5000 ÷ 100 = 50

**5. Cut into Pieces**

*Tom takes 8 minutes to cut a block of wood into 5 pieces. How long will he take to cut it into 10 pieces?
*Wrong

8 ÷ 5 × 10 = 16 min

Correct

5 pieces → 4 cuts, 10 pieces → 9 cuts

8 ÷ 4 × 9 = 18 min

**6. Gaps / Intervals**

*Some pots were placed at equal intervals apart. If the first and the 15 ^{th} pot were 42 m apart, how far apart were the first and the 10^{th}?*

Wrong

42 ÷ 15 × 10 = 28

Correct

15 pots → 14 gaps

10 pots → 9 gaps

42 ÷ 14 × 9 = 27

**7. Group of Items**

*3 pens were sold for $20. How much do 18 pens cost?
*Wrong

18 × $20 = $360

Correct

18 ÷ 3 = 6

6 × $20 = $120

**8. Places**

*Write 70 tenths as a decimal.*

Wrong: 0.70

Correct: 7.0

**Fractions**

**9. Fraction of**

*Express $2 as a fraction of 80 cents.*

Wrong: ^{80}⁄_{200} = ^{2}⁄_{5}

Correct: ^{200}⁄_{80} = ^{5}⁄_{2}

**10. Fraction with Units**

*May had ^{8}⁄_{9} m of ribbon. She used ^{1}⁄_{2} m of it. How much does she have left?*Wrong:

^{8}⁄

_{9}×

^{1}⁄

_{2}=

^{4}⁄

_{9}

Correct:

^{8}⁄

_{9}–

^{1}⁄

_{2}=

^{7}⁄

_{18}

**11. Remainder with Fraction**

*There was ^{8}⁄_{9} of a pizza. Each person ate ^{1}⁄_{3} of a pizza. What fraction of a pizza was left?*

Wrong

^{8}⁄_{9} ÷ ^{1}⁄_{3}

= ^{8}⁄_{9} × 3

= ^{8}⁄_{3}

= 2^{2}⁄_{3}

Remainder = ^{2}⁄_{3} (There is a missing step!)

Correct

^{2}⁄_{3} × ^{1}⁄_{3} = ^{2}⁄_{9}

**12. Fraction of Total**

*John spends ^{1}⁄_{3} of his money on A and ^{1}⁄_{5} of his money on B. What fraction of his money does he have left?*

Wrong: ^{4}⁄_{5} × ^{2}⁄_{3} = ^{8}⁄_{15}

Correct: 1 – ^{1}⁄_{3} – ^{1}⁄_{5} = ^{7}⁄_{15}

**13. Fraction of Remainder**

*John spends ^{1}⁄_{3} of his money on A and ^{1}⁄_{5} of the remaining money on B. What fraction of his money does he have left?*

Wrong: 1 – ^{1}⁄_{3} – ^{1}⁄_{5} = ^{7}⁄_{15}

Correct: ^{4}⁄_{5} × ^{2}⁄_{3} = ^{8}⁄_{15}

**14. Splitting Fractions**

*How many ^{1}⁄_{6} are there in 3^{1}⁄_{6}?*

Wrong: 3 + 1 = 4

Correct: 3 × 6 + 1 = 19

**15. Rest of Fraction**

^{2}⁄_{5} of the apples are red, the rest are green.

Wrong: Red → 2u, Green → 5u

Correct: Red → 2u, Green → 3u, Total → 5u

**16. Equal Fractions**

^{1}⁄_{3} of A is equal to ^{2}⁄_{5} of B.

Wrong

^{1}⁄_{3}A = ^{2}⁄_{5}B

^{5}⁄_{15}A = ^{6}⁄_{15}B (Do not make denominator the same!)

Correct

^{1}⁄_{3}A = ^{2}⁄_{5}B

^{2}⁄_{6}A = ^{2}⁄_{5}B (Make numerator the same)

**17. Equal Fractions (Multiple)**

^{1}⁄_{5} of A is twice of ^{3}⁄_{10} of B.

Wrong

^{1}⁄_{5}A = ^{3}⁄_{10}B

^{3}⁄_{15}A = ^{3}⁄_{10}B

Correct

^{1}⁄_{5}A = ^{3}⁄_{10}B

^{6}⁄_{30}A = ^{3}⁄_{10}B (Make numerator of A twice of the numerator of B)

**18. Compare Fractions of Same Denominator**

*Arrange ^{1}⁄_{3}, ^{1}⁄_{5} and ^{1}⁄_{10} in ascending order*

Wrong: ^{1}⁄_{3}, ^{1}⁄_{5} and ^{1}⁄_{10}

Correct: The bigger the denominator, the smaller the fraction

^{1}⁄_{10}, ^{1}⁄_{5} and ^{1}⁄_{3}

**19. Branching**

*Josh gave ^{1}⁄_{2} his stickers to his brother and 5 to his sister.*Wrong

Correct

Fractions should add up to 1

Signs should be opposite

Numbers should be the same

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