# Tutorial: Attempt Are to do well too in Hard Math

## How to do well in math Tutorial

For most of us, math is the most difficult class in school. We may get straight A's in every class and get a D in math. Math certainly feels different than English or biology - there's a sort of precision which intimidates us. One tiny mistake on a test and it's 4 points off right?

Take it from me:

During my freshman year, I had a D in geometry, my sophomore year, a D in Algebra 2 Trigonometry, Jr Year, a low B in IB Sl1 (Pre-Calc), and now as a Senior, still a C (Calc).

What's my secret to such failure?

Well, as I am studying math over this spring break, I came to a realization. I realized that math is very simple. I realized that through all these years, I told myself that I would never be able to learn calculus well and that I shouldn't even try. Well, I thought I tried. I thought I tried REALLY hard, but did I really?

Did I pay attention in class?

- I've always tried to but 30 minutes into the class, but I always doze off. The thing is, no matter how try to pay attention, I couldn't

Did I do my homework PROPERLY?

- No, I spend 15 minutes before school and tell myself that this stuff is too hard for me

Did I do any sort of studying?

- I crammed everything in the unit the night before a quiz/test and when I do bad, I tell myself, I'm just never going to understand it.

- The problem here is that I've so deeply fell into the horror of mathematics that I refuse to do anything. I am faced with the illusion that I study hard when in fact, I try hard to overcome a fear by doing nothing - procrastination.

Over this spring break, I did every single question assigned by my teacher from September when school started to April, its near end. While doing them, I realized that under no pressure, everything made sense. For 3 days, I just sat there on my bed doing problem one by one from the basic intercepts/domain/range, to derivatives/integrals to probability and so on. In 3 days, I was able to understand what I couldn't since the beginning of the year.

That's when I realized, In order to do well, in Math or in any class for that matter, I needed to quit worrying about failure. I needed to take action.

I went through my entire year worth of material in 3 days and I understood everything.

Practice, Practice Practice!!! Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!!

If a "D" Right Brained student can understand Math, surly you can.

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## Comments 2 comments

I enjoyed reading your story. My story is a variation on the theme. I'm slightly ADDish and dyslexic-ish. Early on, I realized that the listen-closely-and-memorize-the-magic-formula approach to learning maths would not work for me. So I stopped listening in the 6th Grade, and figured out everything on my own. And that stubbornness has served me well. I have an MS in Analytical Chemistry, and a few scientific publications.

awesome article, I can personally relate to you as can many of my students