How to Overcome the Fear of Mathematics

Mathematics is a branch of science which deals with numbers and their operations. It comprises of solving problems, calculation and computation, etc. The word mathematics means the science of numbers and space or mathematics is the science of quantity, measurement and magnitude. However, to many students, mathematics is a word that summons emotions ranging from dislike and anxiety to outright fear. Motivating students to be enthusiastically receptive is one of the most important aspects of mathematics instruction and a critical aspect of any curriculum. Teachers should always focus attention on less interested students and motivate them to study. Here are some simple techniques that can be used to motivate students to learn mathematics.

Recognizing the symptoms of math phobia: If you are getting frustrated or anxious when solving or dealing with maths problems, you have a phobia of mathematics. Here is the list of symptoms that can help you recognize if you fall under this case. The symptoms include lack of confidence, panic, passive behaviour and paranoia.

  • Lack of Confidence: Do you always guess your answers and rely on others to help you.

  • Panic: Do you feel helpless or terrified with your maths homework or tests?

  • Passive Behaviour: If you have given up on trying to learn and understand math entirely because you feel that you not smart enough.

  • Paranoia: Do you feel like you are the only person on this planet who can’t solve math problems and others can.

Acknowledge the anxiety of mathematics: As with most phobias and anxiety, the first step of treatment is to admit the problem. If you have a math phobia, never think that you are not intelligent enough or you can’t do anything on your own, deal with the problem otherwise, it will affect your future.

Enrol yourself in a mathematics course:

Every person on this planet has different abilities and gain knowledge at a different pace. Learning mathematics is a step by step process as the concepts are interrelated. Enrol yourself in a course that helps you build a strong foundation of the basic concepts which in turn will help you find the complicated concepts easy as well. This will make you a step closer to overcoming your fear of Mathematics.

Choose a professor that suits your learning style:

If you are not able to learn mathematics at your school, then you should join a mathematics coaching class or you just follow some good videos on the internet. Ask your seniors or classmates about their teachers, how they teach or which videos they followed to learn mathematics. You can also read the comments below the videos to see how well the teacher is, or just attend a single class of a professor to see that if you are able to learn the concepts taught by the professor or not. Even after attending class, if you are not able to find the answers for chapters like Linear Equation, Probability, etc. on your own, don’t lose hope. Just a little bit of self-practice at home is required for you to excel in such chapters. Taking frequent mock tests and previous year’s question papers will help you to become more confident in the subject.

Always ask questions if you don’t understand:

Mathematics concepts are built upon each other, if you don’t understand a concept at the beginning of the chapter, it will be much more difficult for you to understand it later. Example: Suppose you didn’t understand the concepts of differentiation then it will be tough for you to understand the concepts of integrationl. Hence, asking questions in class to clear your doubts is very important as it will help you build a strong foundation.

Try the easy problems first:

Try to solve the easy problems first, as it will help you to build up confidence during your preparation as well as in the examination. Once confidence is built, you will have a better approach towards the complex questions.

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