The reason why you still fear Mathematics is because you hear what people say about the subject. I am writing this article from experience. I was once a victim of the syndrome, but I pulled out of the shambles by God’s grace.
According to the way it was told to me by one of my teachers, Mathematics is the mother of all subjects. The main branches of the subjects are algebra, geometry, arithmetic and number theory.
If I am ever asked what my best subject is, I would hardly mention Mathematics. This is because I know that the subject is already in me. It is the clear reason why I do calculate before doing almost everything that I do in life.
Mathematics is not a difficult subject like the way they make it seem. It is just the academic Mathematics that is difficult. The one that someone has painted for you in his/her own way.
Just take the academic mathematics like a new language that you need to learn. I did that when I failed in the first year of my high school. It was terrible because almost everyone would see you as a dull student whether you liked it or not. I wasn’t ready for that, so I had to humble myself and learn mathematics like a language. It wasn’t easy at first because you would want to give up, but I had to keep up the fight so as to come out ready.
Almost every day, after a session of the subject at school, I would return home to study what was done at school. I would ensure I understand that topic and do examples related to the topic just to keep my head going in the language. I also listened to the testimonies of students who were good in the subject. They said they were always hungry for more. Whenever they were given assignments, they saw them as scanty, so they would scout for more complements just to add to their assignments. I was impressed, so I started seeing my mathematics assignments as small chunks. I wasn’t satisfied with them anymore. That gave me a kind of urge that suddenly made me to start liking the subject. It eventually became an abstract food to me. And I was glad to gnaw it every day. While doing all that, I began to understand the basics and structures of academic mathematics. It wasn’t complicated for me again because I started hitting high grades in the subject, instead of the low ones I used to have.
I was also not in the least far from my past days with the subject. I knew I wasn’t yet conversant with most of the things that were taught to me in my previous classes. I didn’t want to start slacking in the subject when I believed I was already in line with it, so I had to go back to past terms and topics that I wasn’t able to understand before. And that really helped me to understand the future ones because they are related.
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