Math anxiety is a negative emotion associated with activities such as homework and test taking. Math anxiety is related to poorer grades and testing scores. Oftentimes, students have a full understanding of the math concepts they are working with, and anxiety simply interferes with their ability to solve problems!
There are strategies you can adopt to deal effectively with math anxiety:
- Practice math every day.
- Use good study techniques. Study in a location with few distractions.
- Study according to your own learning style. For example, visual learners learn by using pictures, diagrams, illustrated textbooks, and videos; auditory learners learn best through verbal lectures, and discussions.
- Don’t rely solely on memory. When you understand a concept, you minimize the amount of material you must memorize and are better able to solve problems.
- Focus on past successes. Build your confidence in math through gradual, repeated success.
- Ask for help. Seek assistance when you don’t understand a math concept. It is often better to be tutored by someone other than the classroom math teacher because other individuals may have different ways of explaining concepts that could be easier to understand.
- Practice relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, visualization, positive messages, and frustration breaks can all help to relieve anxiety.
If you are looking for new ways to create a math-rich environment for yourself, check out two of the library's online math resources - available to you 24 hours a day.
Math eBooks - Access content review and test preparation books with your library card. Lots of these books are tied to Common Core standards.
Library Express Library - The library's database of test preparation materials, with math content leveled from middle school through college. Reviewing tough concepts? Taking the SAT or ACT? Getting ready to take your GED? Log in to Learning Express Library to get yourself up to speed on what you need to know to be successful.
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