How to overcome the fear of maths

Maths is the base for many scientific and technological discoveries. It is one of the oldest subjects and is constantly being rejuvenated. Many of the other subjects are dependent on maths. Maths is all around us, and has an important role in our life. Right from a farmer, cook, doctor or a mechanic-everyone needs maths in their day-to-day life.

But thinking of maths gives most people jitters, they get sweaty and their heart beats faster. It’s fair to say maths is not everyone’s favorite subject. In fact, for many people, the feelings of tension and anxiety that arise when trying to solve a mathematical problem can be like hell. This is known as maths anxiety and this feeling of being a failure at maths can affect people’s mind badly.

For those who suffer with maths anxiety, it can be difficult to shift from a mindset of a failure to a more positive outlook when it comes to dealing with numbers. That is how, for many people, maths anxiety can become a lifelong issue. 

Students usually tend to inculcate fear of maths because of lack of confidence, lack of knowledge in basics, not understanding the concept properly, not studying the formulae, etc.

Here are some tips to overcome the fear of maths

  1. Don’t be scared to learn formulae
    Learning formulae is very important. So, make a note of all the formulas and go through them anytime and anywhere.
  2. Identify and accept the fear
    If we are afraid of anything we have to admit it, because just accepting the fear does not make you a failure. But not taking care of that fear may affect your life. Find the cause of the failure and work on it. Continuous hard work leads to success.
  3. Do not try to mug up the things
    Maths should never be confused with other subjects where mugging is required. Do not byheart the formulae or solutions, try to understand the procedure and then solve the problem.
  4. Do not read maths
    Do not sit and read maths like any other theory subjects. Sit and solve all the problems from the textbook.
  5. Ask questions when you do not understand
    If you do not understand the concept or any problem, get your doubts cleared by a teacher or your peers.
  6. Do not jump directly to the solution
    Always solve the problems step by step by understanding the logic of the problem. So that you avoid making mistakes. When one step is wrong, the whole problem will be wrong.
  7. Practice the problems based on the concept
    If one thinks they know a problem very well they should practice more on that concept and should make it a rule to do each and every problem present in the textbook.
  8. Make a test plan
    After practising all the problems, write a test. The test is only to measure how well you have understood the problems, and the time taken to solve the problem.

-R Rakshitha

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