Math is hard. Here’s 5 Ways to Make it Easy

by winnell

Once upon a time, this A and B student got her first D grade in Geometry. This made me hate math even more. I was devastated.  It was my sophomore year of high school and I had never gotten a D in my life. From there, I knew I could not continue down that spiraling trend. I subsequently went to see my math teacher and asked her what else I could do to understand geometry better. I also rewired my thought process. I told myself : “girl” , this is it. You can and will only go up from here. You gon’ love the hell out of this course!”.

So, the next exam came around and I ended up getting a B on that exam, then a B+, A- and finally an A!

Yes, I actually aced a math class, which was unheard of in my book of negativity atleast. Over the years, I’ve learned to tolerate math and these 5 simple tips will help you learn and love math.

Fake it til’ you make it

The truth is math has always been my arch nemesis. I’ve always hated it for a lack of better words. And personally, I felt like the feeling was mutual. I hated it so much that. I nearly failed my high school Geometry class which made me adapt positive attitude towards math. This later translated to better math grades. Sometimes you have to suck it up and face your enemies face on and show them who’s boss. Turn your negative thinking into positive thoughts and see what happens ! 

Do Practice Problems

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Don’t underestimate the power of practice problems. Repetition is key. As cliché as it sounds, practice makes perfect. If your professor gives you homework or extra practice problems,  do them ! It is especially important to do hard math problems to challenge you. Keep doing them and you’ll start to notice patterns. The more you do them, the more you’ll see the simplicity in problem solving.

Learn from  YouTube videos

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I cannot tell you how much YouTube has saved my life.  First of all, these videos are right at your fingertips you can literally search any topic in the world for any subject and there’s millions of videos that can help you. Khan’s academy is probably number one as far as science and math.  Khan Academy is #1 in video learning.

Ask a Professor 

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If you’re struggling in math, you need to go to your professor and tell them that you are struggling. They will help you. After all, they are the ones creating the exam so it’s better get it form “the horses mouth” rather than trying to figure it out on your own. 

Get a Tutor

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For every one person that hates math, there are atleast 4 other people who love math and are really good at it . Take advantage of those people, in a good way ! Math lovers and enthusiasts may be people in your family, friends, acquaintances. Inquire within your school and amongst your colleagues about people who tutor. Many times, schools offer free tutoring so make sure you check that out. If tutoring isn’t free, just consider paying as an investment in your education and future career.

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