I am having difficulty with students understanding mathematical proofs. Even if they do understand them in the class they cannot reproduce them in the final examination. Majority of the students avoid doing the proof questions and concentrate on the numerical or technique application of mathematics.

I have looked through so many books on mathematical proofs but they all offer the same remedy which does not work for the students I teach. Mostly it is like reading an essay with symbols.

Has anyone experienced with a sort of flow chart method or something similar (boxing important results or tools used in the proof)?

How can I get students to appreciate a mathematical proof and the importance of it?

Is there a more systematic or better layout method that I could use in my classes?

Thanks for any replies in advance.