We assume that because we know how to do something, everyone else knows how to do it too. Likewise if we find something easy to do, everyone else must find it easy to do as well.
Sometimes people are just naturally good at a certain subject, but where math is concerned it’s more likely they had a good teacher who took the time to make sure they mastered the basics and taught them step-by-step how to work problems.
Repetition Reinforces Math Concepts
You have to master the basics to be successful. To learn math well, you need to reinforce the concepts you learned in class. The only way to do that is to work lots of math problems until you know the concepts backwards and forwards. Here are some tips that helped me when I was in school–
Focus and time yourself. Don’t spend 2 hours trying to figure out a problem. You’ll only frustrate yourself. If you don’t get it, make a note to go over it with your instructor or tutor.
Get help if you’re not comprehending it. This could mean a private tutor which can be expensive, but not if you use technology. Math Tutor DVD is the tool I used to help me get through algebra, geometry, and calculus.
I dealt with dyscalculia all through school, so when I tell you their lessons are step-by-step, that’s exactly what they are. When I was in school I always felt like math teachers taught as if the student already knew the stuff and only needed a quick review.
I had tutors but they frustrated me too. Since I struggled with numbers I needed to have things repeated, and I had to be retaught the basics more than once because I had a mental block going on. I felt bad about asking them to repeat things. This is how I found Math Tutor DVD. You can repeat and go back to the basics as many times as you need to without feeling like an idiot or that you’re bothering someone.
One thing I know for sure is that not everyone who is good at math should be a teacher. There is a certain level of understanding you need about how people learn in order to be a good math teacher, and not everyone has that. The people at Math Tutor DVD do. The instruction I got from them is why I went from struggling with math to actually teaching it today.
Now that I’ve graduated and have my own tutoring business, I use their courses as refreshers or when I need to get up to speed quickly on a subject like the time I was asked to tutor someone in higher mathematics.
I was able to get good at math because I was finally given good instructions on how to do the problems. Math is not hard when you know the steps to follow.
One last thing I want to mention is that there are numerous free lessons on the site—essential math skills, algebra, calculus, chemistry, physics, and even engineering circuits. It’s a great resource even if you don’t buy one of their courses.
The videos illustrate the lessons so clearly that you won’t have a problem understanding the subject at all. Even if you don’t buy a course, take advantage of all the free material on the site. If you’re struggling, be proactive and get help. Here’s that link again – Math Tutor DVD.
PS: Nothing gave me more pleasure when I was in school than pointing out a step the instructor forgot to mention or clarifying something that wasn’t explained well. My classmates would turn to me for answers, and this is what made me think about being a teacher in the first place.