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February 2nd, 2012, 05:18 AM  #1 
Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Very Weak In Maths
I am very weak in maths , what to do? Don't know to start from where. Plz suggest . How can one become atleast good in maths like trignometry,calculus etc.

February 2nd, 2012, 12:34 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,131 Thanks: 428 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Very Weak In Maths
Suppose you wanted to learn to play a musical instrument. What would you do? In a nutshell, the normal course of action is to gain access to the instrument of choice, and then set out to learn to play it by first studying the basic techniques and practicing those techniques until they are mastered. Then one moves on to ever more advanced techniques, practicing on a regular basis. The same is true for mathematics. It is a skill that requires time, work and regular practice. I would suggest getting a textbook that is at the level just above where you are proficient now. Carefully read the text of each section, make sure you understand the examples and concepts, then work the exercises. If you have problems with the exercises, come here and post your question along with how you think you should proceed and where you are stuck, and someone will be glad to offer help and perhaps insights not found in the book. 
February 6th, 2012, 03:35 PM  #3 
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Just keep practicing man.

February 7th, 2012, 01:17 AM  #4 
Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: Very Weak In Maths
Just keep practicing I think is oversimplified. And I think just leads to memorization, which is part of the problem. There are some things that will get memorized just from doing, but you want an underlying understanding of it as well. Without that, the memorization means nothing. I am very visual about math, and most people are visual learners, but I don't think the average person "visualizes" math. So I think trying to do so will help most people, so they get a feel for what is actually going on. And the best way to think through something is one piece at a time, by picking it apart. You start with the small and easy, until that makes sense, and add to it slowly. 
February 9th, 2012, 01:16 AM  #5 
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Hello I am a math teacher in California who works with people who are weak in maths. (I i grew up in UK where we called it Maths too) Most people are weak because of lack of practice, as people have suggested on here, however I also discovered that students don't practice because they simply forget the work when they get home. So to fix this I have spent the last few years videoing myself teaching lessons, I have 100's Trevor Doyle, Math Teacher Mountain Oaks School 
February 12th, 2012, 07:00 PM  #6  
Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: Very Weak In Maths Quote:
And if you want to sell something, why not offer a free demonstration first? Like showing a video on the site so people can see what it is that you're doing and whether they think it'll work for them. Cause quite personally, I'm leaning towards just calling this post commercial spam.  
February 17th, 2012, 07:02 PM  #7  
Joined: Feb 2012 From: Tennessee Posts: 10 Thanks: 0  Re: Very Weak In Maths Quote:
So to respond to the original question on in this topic maybe taking a step back from just diving into the normal mathematics learning path and spend a little time studying logic, abstract problem solving, history of calculus, and critical thinking. All of these concepts are essential in fully understanding what is at the heart of mathematics. Some may learn these things as a natural process of learning math and some learn math from the process of learning logic. So find what makes the most sense, and you have not encountered before. Then start learning through natural mental progression.  
May 2nd, 2012, 03:34 AM  #8 
Joined: Mar 2012 Posts: 21 Thanks: 0  Re: Very Weak In Maths
According to me the weakness lies in your brain.Math needs practice,solving continuously sums,never say die attitude and dedication.These things can make you not even good in mathematics but it can make you best in it.And for teachers I want to say that the children have fear that maths is very difficult subject but this fear just resides in their mind.There is only need to teach them in a good manner and they will understand it.Maths requires practice.Practice is the only key of perfection in Mathematics.

May 2nd, 2012, 08:42 PM  #9  
Joined: Apr 2011 From: USA Posts: 782 Thanks: 1  Re: Very Weak In Maths
You have a great talent for oversimplification. From several posts I've seen, it just sound like if you sit down and keep practicing problems, you'll become good at it. Absolutely not true. Quote:
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There are people I see who can regurgitate all sorts of things, including all kinds of complicated stuff, but they are really, really stupid people who have no idea how to actually think about anything. Quote:
 
May 2nd, 2012, 08:48 PM  #10  
Global Moderator Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,131 Thanks: 428 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Very Weak In Maths Quote:
I am asking you now to quit posting links even remotely related to that site...please and thank you.  

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