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Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School

Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School

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More adults than ever before are returning to formal education. Some want to learn what they have failed to learn in high school. Some have made the momentous decision to earn a high school diploma or to go to college for the first – or second or third – time. And some, particularly those in mid-life, want additional education in order to recharge a stalled career or start an entirely new one.

The growth of adult literacy programs, both online and community-based, has made it even more possible than ever for adults who want to learn to do so in the comfort of their own homes and communities. The decision to return to an educational environment brings with it expectations and fears, both real and imagined.

One of the more prevalent fears is math phobia. Math phobia is real, harmful and often reality-based. It is often based in one or more experiences in a person’s life which caused him pain, such as being ridiculed by powerful people or losing an important position or even a loved one because of a perceived deficit in mathematical ability. It is a serious impediment to success in the social and economic world we live in and it can devastate its victims by making it impossible to succeed in career searching or in solving problems of daily living.

Unlike language, which is heard, seen, spoken and used every day, or science, which is often taught a with hands-on approach, one does not often remember the finer points of a subject like geometry or trigonometry or algebra if they are not applied on a regular basis toward solving the practical problems of one’s life after leaving school. The fact that most math courses are taught in an abstract manner, often using mostly visual cues which are not concrete, makes it less likely for students who learn primarily by hearing or moving to remember techniques and principles.

While it often takes simply a jolt of courage and determination to return to studying math for literacy or for career advancement or for pleasure, there is help available to alleviate the pain of math phobia:

- Talking with a trusted friend about the fear is one way to proceed. People who harbor fear and do not share it are less likely to feel that it is possible to overcome the fear.

- Purchasing a book or video to be in control of the subject, literally to keep it under wraps until you are ready to look at it, gives a sense of mastery from the beginning.

- Exchanging lessons with a student who is stronger in math but less able in an area of your own strength may work. For instance, if you are a skilled baker or carpenter or tailor and a friend is stronger in math than you are, you might exchange services and tips. This will enable you to work from a position of strength rather than form weakness.

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    11 months ago


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    11 months ago


    this is really great help for students of math. students can ask to do my research paper from right now.

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    over 3 years ago


    I was thinking about obtaining a master degree in social work but till recently I was very circumspect about that because I was always afraid of math. Now I have a friend who is good at math and is helping me, it is very hard but I am sure I will succeed because I am a stubborn person who wants to achieve his goals no matter the difficulties. The idea is not to give up and the success is guaranteed,

  • Debjstivers_max50


    about 5 years ago


    yes it can be stressful , and math phobia especially when it comes to algebra never had it in high school since being out for over 20 some years, but i had really studied hard and i have managed to pass it , which it does pay off of really studying hard and have the determination to do it cause"you can do anything if you put your mind to it".

  • 559348_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Yes it can be conquer, with the help of God, will say a special prayer for you guys to assist with math for medication, it is hard and difficult, but asked a lot of questions and go to hospitals and volunteer on a specialties units for 1 or 2 hours and see if there are nurses that can explain it better to you, I will be trying this for pediatric math for I have a hard time with. Also continuing my education in nursing. Have a bless holiday season.....

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    about 5 years ago


    I agree with you cuttie.. I just finished my 1st semester(12 credits) back to college after 16 yrs of married, 2 kids, now divorced. All of these stresses including a full time job has so much to do with my high volume of stress. I was able to pull a 4.0 in algebra, but had to put in looong hrs of never giving up and studying more than not!! I have terrible math phobia, but have realized I'm not alone. With hard work and determination it can be done:)

  • Demetrice_029


    about 5 years ago


    I think stress has a major part in why many adults fear math. I don't fear math, but I have alot of mid-age stress to deal with, that sometimes block my concentration.

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