Kids who love maths have higher chances of getting good marks

Scientists found that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other.

With not even a one month left for the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board 2017 to begin, everyone is struggling with their weakest subjects. One subject that is like a nightmare to kids is Mathematics.

According to latest study, children who love doing mathematics are more likely to have higher academic achievements.

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Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich in Germany conducted a research and studied how students' emotions in a school context relate to their achievement.

The study focused on achievement in math, which is not only important for education and economic productivity but is also known to prompt strong emotional reactions in students.

Here's what scientists revealed:

Scientists found that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other.

Further, they said students' learning and cognitive performance can be influenced by emotional reactions to learning, like enjoyment, anxiety and boredom.

Statements from researchers:

  • "We found that emotions influenced students' math achievement over the years," said Reinhard Pekrun, professor at LMU Munich and Australian Catholic University
  • "Students with higher intelligence had better grades and test scores, but those who also enjoyed and took pride in math had even better achievement," Pekrun added
  • Moreover, Pekrun who led the study said, "Students who experienced anger, anxiety, shame, boredom, or hopelessness had lower achievement"

According to PTI reports, the research was conducted as part of the Project for the Analysis of Learning and Achievement in Mathematics (PALMA).

Details of research process:  

The study process held annual assessments of emotions and achievement in mathematics in 3,425 students from classes 5 to 9.  

Also, the self-reported emotions from students were measured by questionnaires, and their achievement was assessed by year-end grades and scores on a math achievement test.

Furthermore, the study also found that achievement affected students' emotions over time.

Here's how Stephanie Lichtenfeld, from LMU explained:

  • "Successful performance in math increased students' positive emotions and decreased their negative emotions over the years," said Stephanie Lichtenfeld, from LMU
  • "In contrast, students with poor grades and test scores suffered from a decline in positive emotions and an increase in negative emotions, such as math anxiety and math boredom," Lichtenfeld added
  • "Thus, these students become caught in a downward spiral of negative emotion and poor achievement," he added

Furthermore, the research suggests that emotions influence adolescents' achievement over and above the effects of general cognitive ability and prior accomplishments.