5 Tips that will help ease math anxiety

For some of us, math is something we just don't get and we struggle with it throughout middle and high school. It is hard for us to connect math to the real world and we find it useless and a waste of time. It stresses us out and causes anxiety. However, there is a connection between math and the real world. We use math in our everyday lives. We use it when we are creating a household budget, when we are cooking, when we are planning a trip, etc... What we need to change is our approach to math. Therefore, my first tip is for us to change our approach towards math.

1. Approach towards math:  What I mean by this statement is we need to change our attitude that math is stupid and a waste of time. If we can see how much of an asset math is to us then maybe we will dive in with a positive outlook and try our best to understand the concepts. We have to look at it like this; our understanding of math will help us to make better financial decisions. Banks will not be able to take advantage of us.

2. Practice: Like anything else, if we want to become great at something we have to practice. Math is no exception. If we want to fully understand math, we can't just rely on a 20 minute lecture from our teacher, we have to practice. Complete every homework assignment and do extra problems the teacher didn't assign. Jordan didn't become a great basket ball player because it was innate. He practiced and put forth his best effort:"Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game and in some ways that’s about life too" (Michael Jordan). You can't have step when it comes to math, you have to give it your all and believe me you will enjoy learning math.

3. Homework: Most of us think that because we grasped the concept in school that day there is no need for us to go home and complete the homework assignment. This is false. Completing homework will help us build upon that knowledge and help us further understand and grasp the concepts for long term.

4. Studying before a quiz or test: If we are more prepared for a quiz or test the less anxiety we will have. Don't over study. Once you are confident with the concepts then step away. If we over study this can cause us to be overwhelmed. You can also use some relaxation strategies: http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/as/710.htm here are some study tips

http://www.regentsprep.org/regents/math/algebra/StudyTips.htm

5. Parental involvement: We must get our parents involved by asking them to help us find resources outside of school like tutoring, homework help sites, etc... When we have every resource disposable to us we must use them effectively and I guarantee your perspective about math will change. All we really need is a little guidance and confidence in ourselves.

 

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Comment by Nichole Jones on June 29, 2011 at 3:02pm
Students need a good math curriculum to get success in math,

Math is inevitable, but our students are more likely to avoid math and thus they are not able to compete with the international students. They are lagging behind. I have recently found and bought tutorteddy math curriculum for my daughter. They have used the techniques that have been around for last 100 years, they use the similar curriculum used by Thomas Edison and other American inventors. The curriculum is cheap and reusable.

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