Friday, April 20, 2012

Meeting Math Challenges Head on

I love math... I always have. For some reason, the absolute truths within the study of math just appeal to me. I enjoy that most of the time everything is black and white. Yet, what appeals most to me is also what others hate about it.

Math is one of those subjects that can elicit strong emotion from people. They either love it or hate it. As a tutor I get to meet a lot of those students who hate it. Yet, with my experience a student can actually learn to love a subject that they previously hated. If you take a student who has trouble or just doesn't quite get math, and walk them through it, and present eighth grade math to them in a way that they can understand. This can completely change their perception of the subject. Present math to struggling students as a fun puzzle to figure out, and you have a fun challenge instead of boring course work. Half of our perception of our struggles is how we view them. Change it around, present things in a different light - and that light might make all the difference.

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