Hi there

You don't have to read it all, I don't blame you. I'm from Iceland so my sentence structure might seem a bit off, I apologize in advance.

Math has been the only "difficult" subject for the last 2 years (I'm 16 so I'm talking about 9th and 10th grade). My average grade for every other subject has always been 9-9,5 while math has been 7-8 at most.

I get nervous in math classes, especially because my teacher calls out a random name about 5 times each class and asks you to solve a problem in front of the whole class and every time he calls my name I get nervous and my hands shaking and my heart starts pumping really fast.

I don't know what the next school stage is called in English, I think it's highschool but I'm not sure. Anyway, I got accepted to the oldest and most respected school here in Iceland and it has a reputation for having really hard math and I thought I could manage if I worked hard and well. I got 3,2 on my first test and it surprised me(note: I got 9,5 on my English test the same day), I thought I was doing ok so far but apparently not. For the next two weeks I was struggling in algebra, but the answers to the problems were in the back of the book so I attempted to solve a problem, almost always I got it wrong, and when I got the answer wrong I just looked at the answer in the back of the book and thought about it untill I understood what I did wrong.

So when the next test came I studied at home untill I thought I had the hang of it. During the test I saw problems I knew I could solve, and I felt good at the end of the test and didn't worry about it since I thought I hadn't done too bad. I was wrong, I got 0,8 on that test and I couldn't believe it. I came home, a little bit depressed, I managed to convince my mom I was sick so I didn't go to school the next day. I know I need to work hard, and that's what I have been doing since I started in this school. All the other subjects are a piece of cake compared to math for me.

I love math when I understand what I'm doing, it's the most rewarding subject in school.

If you read it all, thank you. My question is: What can I do to improve in math?