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Battling Math Anxiety

  • Have a positive attitude and set high expectations
  • Get ahead in the textbook and try to work on problems before they are covered in class
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Don't fall behind- math builds on a base of skills and concepts
  • Problems can be solved in different ways- learning math is not only finding the correct answer but it is also a process of solving problems and applying what you have learned to new problems
  • Practice, practice and practice
  • Build your confidence- start with easier problems or problems you know you can do, then attempt the more difficult problems.
  • Show your work- it is tempting to skip steps, but it is better to get into the habit of showing all of your work and this makes it easier to correct mistakes.
  • Learn how to use a calculator effectively
  • Use flash cards to organize information including symbols, equations, and concepts. You can also use these flash cards when studying to test yourself.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help
  • Meet with the instructor during his/her office hours
  • Check with the Academic Success Center for tutor availability or find a family member or friend who is available to help.
  • Study with friends or classmates- working through problems together is sometimes more enjoyable.

Adapted from the article “Battling Math Anxiety.”   2006  Reprinted with permission.  Visit to read the full text.

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