Your attitudes about math didn't come out of nowhere! The first step in becoming a better math learner is to recognize where and when your problems began.
  • Did you have trouble learning arithmetic in elementary school? Keep in mind that calculators are a great tool: they can compensate if you don't have your 'number facts' right at your fingertips.
  • Were you able to do well with arithmetic but not when the class moved on to mathematics? Perhaps you had a teacher who moved too quickly, didn't explain abstract ideas properly, or embarrassed students who needed a different learning style.
  • Did you do well at the beginning of high school math, but started to fall behind later? Maybe you had a teacher (or other significant people in your life) who convinced you that you just weren't cut out for math. It seems that high school girls, especially, are often led to believe that 'normal' girls can't excel in math.
love mathOnce you have accepted the fact that there's probably nothing wrong with you or with your ability to learn math, say to yourself: "This is something I can do well at. All it takes is some time and effort from me."

There are many benefits to becoming better at math!
  • Think about being able to complete your own income tax!
  • Think about being able to tell a good deal from a bad deal by accurately calculating percentages.
  • Think about having the reputation of being the best parent on the block to help children with their math homework.
  • Think about supporting your daughter, son or niece to enter one of the very rewarding careers open to those who get good math grades.
Last modified: Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 5:04 PM