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Tutorial: Attempt Are to do well too in Hard Math

Updated on May 9, 2011

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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    • mrbrianmclogan profile image


      6 years ago from Jacksonville

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

    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      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.


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