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AddedTuesday, October 2, 2018 at 12:57 PM

I'm not very good at math and I want to be a technical engineer how can I get better at math?
Related to Difficult Classes, Electrical
  • Philippa Martin , University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    You are missing a crucial word, 'yet' ;) If you are determined and you reach out for help and keep trying, then you can master math. So, when you get stuck with a math problem, say to yourself, I'm smart, I'm capable, I'm going to conquer this. Engineers love solving problems and achieving the impossible. So, that pesky math problem is just a seemingly impossible problem, that you will conquer. How do engineers do this? We break it down into achievable chunks. Can you find a similar, but easier version of the problem to start with? Can you solve part of it and then look at the whole equation? Does writing parts of the equation in different colours help it make more sense? Is there someone you know who could explain it to you using different words? There are some awesome youtube videos on most concepts and you might have friends or family who could explain it in a different ways that might click better. I ask lots of questions lol.

    I think being able to relate the maths and equations to the real world helps me. For example, percentages can seem a little confusing and abstract, but thinking about getting a bargain at a store and working out the price motivates me. For algebra thinking of a being an apple might help and imagining moving that around as you move the numbers. My daughters and I used to use mini marshmallows when we did math (yummy).

    Wishing you the best of luck with your journey to loving maths. It really will unlock doors :)