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Posted 2/15/16 , edited 2/15/16

mickeydayum e.g. 1+1 = 2

1+1 = 10

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You will always hear that some people are "good at maths". It is a myth made up by people who call themselves "bad at maths" as an excuse to sit back and not study.

There is only one way. You must study, study, study. Do as many exercises as possible. Preferably use multiple textbooks. Look at how a theory is applied in the sciences and do some problems from their textbooks if you can: Many textbooks will have some introductory chapters on the relevant mathematics. It is often a special case of the more general mathematical theory and may greatly help your understanding.

Unfortunately universities squeeze too much work into just a few years. It isn't really their fault; there is simply too much to learn. You will need to put in extra hours. Possibly take a sneak peak at what you will be doing later on, especially during holidays between semesters. (If you can muster the discipline.)

Ask questions in class. Always do the required reading (that literally no-one ever does ) before class. Discuss the work with your peers and make use of the TAs. Try taking some MOOCs before your class even starts; even if you only listen to the videos it helps enormously to have seen something before.

This right here.

As someone who's never had a single problem with any math maybe I just don't understand whether or not it's actually supposed to be this difficult, but from my perspective it's really not that hard. I mean you have a bunch of numbers that you are plugging into equations that have already been figured out for you and the most you have to do is check your work to make sure you didn't plug in the wrong numbers and memorize the equations.

But then, apparently memorization is a hard task, so I have zero empathy for someone who is not doing well in math and they are not trying their absolute hardest to do better.
Posted 2/15/16
I'm no genius. Well, I am, but not in advanced math. It wasn't until I was 18 that I had to give in and study. So....study? Ask questions? Khan Academy? I sympathize with you there. I get free tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays. I have to go over it with another teacher. I CANNOT LEARN FROM VIDEOS.
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DanteVSTheWorld wrote:

I feel like I'm literally being fucked right now against my consent. I can do the basics but when it comes to Algebra and simplifying this and all these brackets and shit just...I wan't my grade not join Nasa. But I need to do it.


Everyone learns differently, I struggled with math all the way from elementary to high school. For my part it really helped to get me started by using Khan Academy, and right now I'm at a "pre course for engineering" in university and been blessed with a good math teacher.

That last part is what really makes the difference, a good teacher.


But in the lack of one, I'd suggest at least giving Khan a try and see if maybe they will explain math in a way you can understand.

www.khanacademy.org/

Signing up isn't necessary, but I recommend it for keeping track of what you do. It's free to use as well.
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Math is easy once you understand that there are set rules and those rules do not change. Math is universal. It is the method of teaching that makes some people not understand math and hate it. The text book can be at fault as well. But there are sites online that can help. You can google YouTube or go to an online academy like Khan Academy that teaches for free basics such as math. Here is the link: https://www.khanacademy.org/ .
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

become asian


dat's lacist :P

back to topic:

Like the other ppl already said, there isn't good a bad at math thing. Some people need a bit more time to get the nag of it. As soon as you realize what formular you need in which situation, then it becomes quite easy.

and if you still don't get the hang of it, maybe a friend of yours can simplify the formulars.
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Posted 2/17/16
Practice.
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Posted 2/17/16
Study like your life depends on it, Only way to be good at Math is though practice.
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Think of it as a puzzle. Review your rules, do practice problems, and try not to stress over it, it just makes it harder to understand.
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Having a good teacher helps....I was so bad at math I almost failed my class, but my mom hired a tutor and OMG all of a sudden I felt like my eyes were opened and my brain was replaced by a smart one. I understood everything easily! I was so happy lol and I passed my class.

It was the way the girl taught me because it was so different from the way my math teacher taught us (I always got f's with him). So, the teacher can help a lot!

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Math is evil.
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There is no good or bad, only do.
Posted 2/19/16
I fucking hate math

Study!!!
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Posted 2/19/16
I have always been good at math even though it has been a subject I have never really needed to study for. To me, math just makes sense. As people have said there are rules that you follow and if you follow those rules you will get the right answer every single time. As new 'rules' were introduced in class I would just be 'oh, yeah that makes sense' and it would just click and stay there.

But I attribute being good at math at least partly to my dad. He would also just out of the blue ask me a math question related to what was going on and I would have to solve it. Stuff like if he was filling up the gas tank I would need to compute miles per gallon we were getting (miles since last fill up divided by amount of gas he put in). No calculators were allowed.

So I guess just know the formulas and practice with them.
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Posted 2/23/16
Can this question be how I became awful... well, subpar at maths? I was always pretty good with it, until I stopped caring, didn't take it in college, and never needed to use anything I had learnt ever again.
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