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How to Succeed in Math

April 24, 2015

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Imagine asking a group of students at your school what subject they find most challenging. What do you think they would say? Chances are, many of them would cry out, loud and clear, "Math!" Why is math so hard, anyway? How can you get better at it? Let's find out!

Why is Math so Hard? 

Did you know that the left side of your brain is the side responsible for math success? Did you know that the left side of your brain is the side responsible for math success? Courtesy of fitnea.com

Everyone has a different opinion on this question. Some scientists believe that each person is inclined to either the left or right side of the brain. The left side represents logical, mathematical thinking, whereas the right side is more responsive to artistic and creative endeavors. Maybe you identify as a right side of the brain person. Don't let that stop you from succeeding in math! Here are some helpful tips for how to improve your math grade and, more importantly, actually understand the math that you are doing. 

Review!

  • Learning math is a process. You need to have the building blocks that you learned in elementary school in order to succeed in middle school or junior high, and you need all of those together in order to find your way in high school math. Think back to when you first started struggling with math. You may want to spend some time online looking into math curriculum from those earlier grades. You might find that you've missed an important piece of math knowledge or a basic math fact, such as the multiplication tables. Yes, you could use a calculator to help you with elementary school math, but using a calculator does not necessarily mean that you truly understand the problems. 

Spend the time!

  • No one really wants to do their homework. Math homework, though, is vital to succeeding in class. You might need to work through a problem several times in order to understand how it works. This can be frustrating, but persevere! If you need extra help, make some time to talk to your teacher about your concerns. He or she knows that many students struggle with math but may not have time during class to address each individual problem. Your teacher wants to help you and may be able to share some helpful tricks. 

Get a tutor!

  • A tutor can really help you work through tough math problems. However, your tutor does need to be a good fit for you. If you have a tutor that you don't feel really understands your difficulties, it may be a good idea to find another person who will better recognize your unique struggles. Many schools also have peer tutoring programs, where you can find a fellow student to give you a hand. Ask your teacher or counselor if your school offers this excellent service. 

Getting a tutor can help you succeed in math!Getting a tutor can help you succeed in math!Courtesy of Tutor Doctor

Understanding and succeeding in math can take a lot of work, but it's worth it. We use math every day, from counting out change to making a monthly budget. It can be stressful not to feel confident in your skills. Remember, having trouble with math does not mean that you are not smart. Everyone needs a little help sometimes!

Have Your Say!

Do you have a hard time with math? Have you learned any tips or tricks to help you succeed? Let us know!