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Reducing Math Anxiety

Ten Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety

  1. Confidence + Preparation = Success (Math Anxiety Formula).

  2. You Are Not Alone!
    Many people, including Math teachers and tutors, have Math Anxiety when confronted with a new problem.

  3. Ask Questions
    Some students are reluctant to ask questions in fear of looking stupid. Asking questions is a sign of strength and other students in the classroom will be glad that you asked (because they have questions too!)

  4. There is More than One Way to Solve a Problem
    Maybe the teacher's way will stump you. Do not give up. Work to understand the problem your way. Remember, there is often more than one way to solve a Math problem.

  5. Overcome Negative Self Talk
    Perhaps one of the most important ways that you can do better is simply by having a positive attitude. Avoid negative self-talk. Set high expectations and rise to the occasion.

  6. Read Your Math Text
    A good practice is to read the section your teacher is planning to teach before going to the class.

  7. Consider Math as a Foreign Language
    It must be practiced daily for success. Always do your homework. You are building on a base of skills and concepts.

  8. Develop Responsibilities for Your Success
    If you miss a class, be sure to get the class notes from a fellow student. If you miss something early on, it becomes more difficult to catch up.

  9. Know the Basics
    Be sure to know your Math from earlier grades. Math builds on itself. You may have to go back and relearn material. Remember, it is never too late!

  10. Use Different Resources
    To clarify any Math confusion, you can refer to other Math texts, use flash cards, journal, research the internet, create a study group and/or use available tutoring on campus.