Math phobia, the most common of all phobias on earth. It is a universal struggle. Guess it is the genes our ancestors sent down the line, maybe you use more of your right side of the brain than the left one. But actually speaking, people suck at something only because they think they do. Just because the thought of failing at something is so ingrained in their heads, their mind and body start believing it and act accordingly. No matter how hard people try to ease their struggle, it is always in vain. There are a few points to keep in mind to overcome the fear of math and excel at it.
Acknowledge and make your mind:
Having a fear of failing at something is not a crime, but not attempting to overcome is and it is most likely to affect your entire life adversely. Admit that you suck at math and make your mind that you definitely will overcome it and shall take steps towards it. If you have symptoms like nervousness, panic attack and paranoia, relax. Lear and practice stress-relief techniques like meditation, yoga, etc. It helps to calm down your mind and build concentration and focus.
Find a partner and enroll for special classes:
Identify a friend, classmate, neighbor or relative who has the same learning as style as you. You should register yourselves for a specialized course that could benefit you. Joint activity boosts morale and eventually performance too. Make sure you enroll for the appropriate level of course before you begin. Get help from the counselors/advisors there. You may even take up a Placement test to gauge your current performance levels and areas that need to be improved. It helps tutors to plan your course material and customize to suit your learning style and requirements.
Ask without hesitation:
Math concepts and theories are almost always inter-related and are built upon each other. If you get lost at the beginning, you will find it very hard to understand concepts later. Tutors will not be in a state to support until and unless you tell them your real problems and fear. Ask them questions about stuff you don’t understand. Hesitation is the mother of ignorance. Don’t hesitate to ask even the silliest of questions in relation to your study. It helps your tutor better understand your needs and provide support accordingly.
Make steady progress:
Follow a simple strategy – Easy-Intermediate-Hard. Work-out and answer the easiest problems first and work your way through the complicated ones. When you get stuck in a problem, don’t pull yourself down. Skip and move on. You can always go back to it later or even check back in with your tutor.
Have a plan:
The main and possibly the only difference between homework and a test is the amount of time you have to complete. You only have limited time t finish your exams. Make a schedule for everything you need to do. Plan your time. Give enough time to learn, clarify doubts, practice, eat well, exercise, sleep and relax. Give practice and mock tests a significant chunk.
Practice, a lot:
Ask your teacher or private tutor for about their options of extending their time with you for taking quizzes, review sessions, and practice tests. It helps greatly in reducing the anxiety to answer every question the allotted time.
Review your study habits:
Believing your inability at Math could affect the way you study it. Changing the way you study math may later alter your perception and attitude about it. Memorizing a formula will not be as effective as understanding what it means and knowing when and where to use it. Read your textbooks as thorough as you could. Allow yourself to absorb the stuff there. Write down your doubts and questions. Learn and try to discern in taking notes during lectures. Make sure the notes are relevant and meaningful and not just scribblings.
And finally, have a positive attitude:
Having a positive attitude helps you to see the bright side of life. It makes you an optimist. You defeat the fear about your doom and expect the best. A positive attitude makes it obvious to avoid anxiety and negative feelings. It is a state of mind that is certainly well worth developing.