The subject that brings shivers down the spine – “Mathematics”
If you are one of the people who fear Math, you are certainly not alone. Mathematics anxiety is regarded to be a widespread student problem in school as well as in college institutions. For example, according to a study by Ashcraft and Moore, 17% of the US-American population suffers from high levels of Mathematics anxiety; studies in other countries arrive at similar estimations.
What causes Math Phobia?
- A history of unpleasant experiences with learning Math.
- Failure in solving questions in tests and examinations.
- Publicly embarrassed and punished by teachers in the class.
- The inability of parents/ families to help students with Math homework and problems.
- The widespread notion that “Math is very hard”.
- Pressure from teachers and parents to perform extraordinarily well.
Now that we know about the root cause of Math Phobia; on a positive note, let us learn how to stop worrying and start loving Math!
Here are 4 easy steps to conquer your stress of Mathematics!
- Take it easy, it’s just a subject!
Why fear a subject? First of all, you have to relax and accept that this subject stresses you out. Now you have to take it slow and make a master study plan as to how this stress can be addressed. Give time to this subject, analyze what actually bothers you; and eventually, the stress vanishes.
- Difficult questions first.
Firstly, target the questions that make you stuck most of the time. Once you know your weak areas, those topics can be solved with the guidance of a teacher or a Math expert. After difficult questions, come to the easy ones that can be tackled smoothly.
Note: Practicing difficult questions first is a good technique, however; in examinations, easy questions should be solved first to ensure good grades.
- “Practice makes a man perfect”
This old adage fits here well as a little bit of study and problem-solving every day gets you achieving good grades as you are in touch with the subject on a regular basis. Focus on what’s likely to come in the examination. Analyze your errors after it as a process of self-evaluation.
- Trainer talk is necessary!
Be open with your trainers and expert, don't feel embarrassed if you don't know much or anything in a particular subject. Let them know what subjects trouble you most, they will help you learn different techniques for solving tricky questions and equations.
It is a smooth process; all you have to do is be patient and persistent. Let’s face Mathematics together!
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