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Oh no, not again... [back-to-school thread]
ceresnot beautiful like youPennsylvania, USASuper Moderator, Moderatormod
Hi, my internet name is ceres, and I am terrible (TERRIBLE!) at math. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, right?
I am going back to school in January. Again. For Biology. Again. Biology was my first love, before Japanese or whatever other craziness I got myself involved with... before anyone on this part of the internets knew I existed. I still love it. I'm good at it. I was going to fail Chemistry II because even with tutoring I couldn't hack the math, so I withdrew and stopped taking bio courses and eventually just quit. I went on to get my "consolation" degree in Japanese, but it's not good enough, and I'm not happy with my prospects or really, the degree. I never should have quit the thing I love doing, and it's time to rectify that.
Now, I have a pretty strict schedule for this degree. Everything needs to be done in about a year and a half, so I'll be attending full-time including summers. The first term has me jumping off at the deep end with my once-failed ChemII course (complete with the same terrible teacher from 8 years ago, talk about facing your demons here, lousy tenure) and College Trig.
Math much above, say, fractions has always been a struggle for me. I look at the page and see clouds of letters and numbers that I can't pick apart into sense. I've always felt that way.. that whatever I was looking at on the page was just too big for me. I am not unintelligent; it is quite probably a confidence issue, and I recognize that, but I'm not really sure how to rectify it.
I have to beat this, and I'm convinced that I can, but I have no idea how to go about it, and these classes are scary. Does anyone have this? Have you beaten it? How do you study for math? I don't have any trouble memorizing formulae and what they're for, but application comes painfully or not at all.
Any advice not consisting of "quit" is welcome, because really, I need it.
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