How to Upgrade Your Math Skills

Math isn’t your strongest subject in school. It might even be your worst subject. How can you upgrade your math skills and boost your grades?


If your math grades aren’t up to snuff, you should ask your parents about hiring a tutor. One-on-one sessions with a tutor could help you get a better understanding of the subject. With a tutor, you won’t have to contend with the distractions and pressures of a packed classroom. You might find that you have an easier time absorbing information in this setup.

Where can you find a tutor? Look to your local universities — they will have plenty of math students willing to tutor in their spare time.

Online Classes

Virtual schooling platforms will offer several courses from the province’s mathematics curriculum. For instance, you can sign up for MHF4U to get a credit for Grade 12 Advanced Functions, as long as you have the prerequisites of MCR3U (Grade 11 Functions) or MCT4C (Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology).

Online classes can provide similar benefits to tutoring. You won’t have the distractions and pressures of a packed classroom since you can tackle your work in the privacy of your own home.

An online math course will also provide more flexibility for finishing coursework. You can take as much time as you need to complete the course — you have between 4 weeks and 12 months to finish it. There is no rush.

You can sign up for a math course that you’ve already taken — this is called an upgrade course. Re-taking the course will give you an opportunity to refresh your learning of the material and boost your existing grade. Were you disappointed in your last report card? Then, take an upgrade course! You’ll have a second chance to get an “A.”

Homework Apps

Pull out your smartphone and download handy math-related apps. The Photomath app is the world’s most used math app. Use it to scan the math homework you’re struggling with. It will give you step-by-step instructions on how to solve it. The app Brainly has a similar snap-to-solve tool. Take a photo of an equation you’re stuck on, and it will guide you to the correct answer.

These are some other math-related apps to download:

  • Socratic
  • Mathway
  • iCross
  • GeoCon
  • Quizizz


TikTok doesn’t just provide trendy dance videos. It can also help you improve your math skills. You just have to follow the right accounts! Follow Kyne Santos to get makeup tips and math riddles. Follow Maths with Miss Chang to get easy breakdowns for homework equations. These videos can entertain you and teach you at the same time.

Play Games

Again, you can trick yourself into boosting your math skills with the right entertainment.

Do you spend your free time playing video games? That’s great! There are lots of video games that can help you with math. For instance, Portal will test your spatial reasoning, while Animal Crossing will guide you through everyday banking tasks like paying down loans and redeeming reward miles.

Do you prefer board games? Monopoly, Power Grid, Proof, Settlers of Catan, Carcassone and Yahtzee are just some examples of games that will help you hone your mathematical skills without even realizing it. So, set up a family game night and let out your competitive side.

Your math skills don’t have to stay so rusty. You can follow these tips and boost your skills this year — and likely, boost your grades, too.