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Edward Lwin
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Aug-22-06, 06:26 PM (EST)
 
"I struggle with maths but i want to love it."
 
   im in 5th year of high school and i really want to love maths but i struggle with it. My grade arent really good, im failing senior maths and its making me depressed...ect.


My parents tell me practise is everything but its hard to bring myself to face the books i have feel really anxious when i go to my maths book.

I really want to do well in maths since i want to be an astrophysician.

Any advice would be appreicated.


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alexb
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Aug-24-06, 08:03 AM (EST)
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1. "RE: I struggle with maths but i want to love it."
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   Well, what answer do you expect? Would you believe me if I suggested that a healthy diet and regular workouts would solve your problem? You also have to brush your teeth at least twice daily and cut on spending time in front of TV or with earphones (except while jogging.)

Other than that, I think you have to do what you have to do. There is no other way. Except, perhaps, try to separate your efforts. School math aside, while working on it, try to think of what is difficult to you and work back from there. Get to the root of the difficulty and master it. Then reverse your way a step at a time. This should come on top of carrying on with you school assignments.


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junglemummy
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Aug-30-06, 07:39 PM (EST)
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3. "RE: I struggle with maths but i want to love it."
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   Hey Edward, you sound really depressed. I can only offer advice as a mum and someone who loves maths, but isn't a mathematician. If one of my sons were this depressed about a subject, I would strongly advise him to look for other subjects to study. If he was really determined, and I could afford it, I would hire a private tutor for him. Maybe your parents could do this?

If you are so depressed with maths, why do you want to be an astrophysicist, a career which requires not only maths, but possibly a PhD in physics or something similar. You say you want to love maths, not that you love it. Is the astrophysics thing your own ambition or are other people perhaps pushing you towards it? If your school offers counselling and/or careers advice I would strongly advise you to talk to the appropriate person.


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Shelli
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Sep-03-06, 11:26 AM (EST)
 
4. "RE: I struggle with math but i want to love it."
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   Well, this is rather a simple problem. Either you WANT to "love" math or you DON'T. If you want to understand it -- let it be the most important thing to you. Put everything into learning math. Don't listen to those who will discourage you, then you will "get it."

I failed 2nd grade because I couldn't tell the difference between the number "8" and the letter "B", or the letter "q" and a number "9". Silly? No way! It was stumping me just like walking into a wall would. Then my good teacher told me "you can do it, keep trying, you will understand, you CAN understand... So, after the 2nd time through second grade I DID! Math went to the top of my list. Everything I said I converted to some kind of math. Two halves make a whole. Divide a candy 3 ways for three kids etc.

I kept at it and eventually went to college, and soon became a 4.0 honor student in math and chemistry; as promising candidate for a teacher the world was very exciting. I was taking advanced calculus and chemistry and was on my way to finding ways to teach these "higher concepts" to 4th and 5th grade students. Then....

It was about 9 years ago when I was struck down by a stroke. Sadly that almost ended my life, and worse, my will to teach and improve upon math. But, I am now coming back! It took a few years but I refused to quit. Without math we can get nowhere; so with your help and others we can help each other learn and learn a better way to learn math. Use the "old ways" then when you master them, go on; go on and improve the way we teach until it is easier, and easier.

We cannot get to the STARS by re-inventing the wheel every generation. Math is a tool, like a hammer. You don't pound a nail with your fist so don't solve a problem with myth. Stay away from those who say, "You can't do that.... I can't be done..." Those are ghosts of the past. Move ahead. Then you will see: the difficult can be done; the impossible just takes a little longer!

Now get to work.... or I might say, have fun. Because math is truly fun if you apply yourself 100% to it -- and refuse to quit.

Shelli


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Edward
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Sep-20-06, 10:30 PM (EST)
 
5. "RE: I struggle with math but i want to love it."
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Thanks for the tips everyone.

I've been having a page of maths equations for breakfest to get my strenght up. Literaly for breakfest since i do those questions before i eat my cereal.

This is a weakness and its something thats stopping from achieving my goals and keeping that avg of 90 in all my subjects. The maths is pulling my avgs down but its something im determined to understand.

I know above i said i want to love, more correctly its should of been i want to understand then master it.


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