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    Math Is Not For All

    Why do you think some people are good in math while others struggle with every lesson? Do we blame teachers, the public school system, student lack on interest or do we just accept that math is not for everyone?
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    I am puzzled by your question. Yes, some students struggle at math while others do well in it. But the same is true of History, English, French, and just about every subject. Different people have different talents.
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    Seriously! A lot of people I know, include me, are terrible in math no matter how much we study. It just isn't our thing....in fact most people I know are actually very bad in math.
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnyIngram View Post
    Seriously! A lot of people I know, include me, are terrible in math no matter how much we study. It just isn't our thing....in fact most people I know are actually very bad in math.
    I'll grant that advanced math is not for everyone. But almost always when I see someone struggling with basic math, algebra, geometry, and the like, it is due to the fact that they've convinced themselves ahead of time that they are never going to understand it. Their brain shuts down, learning stops.

    As a tutor one of the biggest hurdles is sometimes convincing the student that they are in fact capable of understanding the subject.
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    We can add to this discussion the academic background of math students. Some students went to better schools, received better training and thus can do the math.
    Others lack the solid educational structure needed to exceed in math after middle school.

    I am no math wizard but the basic skills I do have has been the result of years of self-study. I took precalculus in 1993 as an elective course and got an A minus.
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnyIngram View Post
    Seriously! A lot of people I know, include me, are terrible in math no matter how much we study. It just isn't our thing....in fact most people I know are actually very bad in math.
    If there is no passion, no love and no interest in learning a subject, failure is the result.
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    Quote Originally Posted by nycmath View Post
    If there is no passion, no love and no interest in learning a subject, failure is the result.
    Good morning,
    in my opinion you learn best if there is an urgent need to learn. For instance: If you are very hungry you learn very fast how to steal or to hunt.
    In everyday life there isn't a need to do math beside some adding or proportions. Even though you're an engineer or a banker the computer will do it and nobody is forced to learn about the math which is implemented in such a machine.
    A good math tutor doesn't make his pupils to swot up (is this the right expression?) rules, numbers, laws etc. but awakes the insight of his pupils that math is a necessary and substantial part of their lives. And then everything else will be done by the pupils themselves- with a little help from their tutors, of course!
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    Re: Math Is Not For All

    My teacher once said when a student asked him "How do we know to solve a trig identity so fast?" He then told her: " It is the same thing as an athlete knowing how to kick a soccer ball."
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