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January 5th, 2017, 09:32 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I'm an economics student. I desperately need help. I suck at math, but I love it. I think it's a great way to understand the world. I've been struggling for like months to learn the basics and eventually got here. I need you guys.
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January 5th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will find lots of help here .
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January 6th, 2017, 12:24 AM   #3
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January 6th, 2017, 02:53 AM   #4
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All of us are pleased to help you and some of us want to learn more about math too even if we think we're already good at it.
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January 7th, 2017, 10:46 AM   #5
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I feel like I can offer a lot of advice on this subject because of my background. I too, thought I "sucked at math" because I didn't go to high school and I wasn't home schooled either. I left public school when I was in 6th grade. The teacher told me that I was "not good at math" because I was having some hard time with fractions back then. I spent MANY years believing this. In fact, I didn't re-discover mathematics until I was in my mid twenties! Even after someone told me I was gifted at math, it took quite a few years for me to come to terms with it myself.

It's important to know exactly what you mean by, "suck at math". If you "suck at math" it most likely means that you are lacking some sort of prerequisite math. The best thing to do is go back to where you feel like you got lost and start there. If you are in calculus, make sure you are very strong in algebra and trigonometry. Otherwise, it won't even be fun.

If you love math, there is no reason why you can't be successful in it. Anyone can learn algebra, trig and calculus. This is just my own personal experience so if you don't agree that's okay. What I've come to realize is that once you get into the abstract sort of math (advanced calc, intro to analysis), that's where some people tend to struggle. I had a friend who was good at all three calculus classes but when it came to the proof writing and logic and abstract concepts he couldn't get it. Unfortunately, you won't know until you get there, so don't think to much into that now. Just have fun learning the basics and learn them well.
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