#1

Every grade I have overall is 89 or above, most in the 90s. But math is a different story. I've always considered math to be my biggest trouble academically but I've @#$!ing had it now. Last report card, I had a 68, which is the worst I've ever gotten on a report card.

But the thing is, I've never really understood math better. I get EVERYTHING in class. All of it. But for some ridiculous reason, this my worst year for math. I got a 54 on a test earlier in the year, which is the lowest I've ever gotten on a test. The highest I've gotten on a test this year is like 80, which is OK (I'm perfectionist) but everything else has been low 70 s and high 60 s.

WTF is my problem? I get everything we do in class but I end up doing badly. I've never had this problem before until this year and a bit of last year. Like we just finished our midterms and I was so confident, I knew everything, I was ready. I thought the math tests were very easy and that I would do well but I saw my mark for one of the three parts. It's a 55.

I know I don't have test anxiety because I don't freeze and forget everything when i'm doing the test. I know what I'm doing when I'm doing the test. Please, I need help, badly.

But the thing is, I've never really understood math better. I get EVERYTHING in class. All of it. But for some ridiculous reason, this my worst year for math. I got a 54 on a test earlier in the year, which is the lowest I've ever gotten on a test. The highest I've gotten on a test this year is like 80, which is OK (I'm perfectionist) but everything else has been low 70 s and high 60 s.

WTF is my problem? I get everything we do in class but I end up doing badly. I've never had this problem before until this year and a bit of last year. Like we just finished our midterms and I was so confident, I knew everything, I was ready. I thought the math tests were very easy and that I would do well but I saw my mark for one of the three parts. It's a 55.

I know I don't have test anxiety because I don't freeze and forget everything when i'm doing the test. I know what I'm doing when I'm doing the test. Please, I need help, badly.

*Last edited by Splashed at Jan 27, 2009,*

#2

Get a tutor, or read some books on how to prepare for exams.

#3

You're just not a mathematician.

#4

dude i do that too sometimes. i realized that i was just rushing, and missing the little things. you gotta take your time, and make sure you have everything right.

#5

Maybe you just suck at math?

Happened to me too. Had at least an 80 in all of my classes, except for any math oriented classes.

Happened to me too. Had at least an 80 in all of my classes, except for any math oriented classes.

#6

I have the same problem. Sad thing is, there isn't an easy way to do it. I learned the hard way, doing horrible my first year of Algebra and needing to make up for it. My only advice is spend as much time as you need to, going through every single problem, examining every detail about the questions, and then look over chapter reviews at the end of the section.

#7

Are you checking your answers, I used to rush through math tests because they were always easy for me, but after we began more complex stuff I would be careless and make dumb mistakes. My test averages went up around 15% when I thoroughly checked my answers before handing them in. If it's just calculating and arithmetic problems that you have try not to use a calculator and do mental math or work problems out on paper. It sounds elementary, but knowing all basic multiplication tables could help drastically.

#8

You're just not a mathematician.

Yeah I know, I'm an artistic person but I've gotten 90s in math before. I mean, I got a 96 on my midterm last year.

#9

Look at your test results, find out what your mistakes were. Obviously you are making mistakes that you don't realize you make. The sooner you find out what those are, the sooner you can fix them and make better grades. Good luck!

#10

if you get it in lessons - thats good

but you need to try and practice at home, so you can do it easier.

but you need to try and practice at home, so you can do it easier.

#11

i seem to recall numbers being in the short-term memory part of your brain (could be wrong though)

you need to help reinforce your knowledge by doing work out of lesson.

you need to help reinforce your knowledge by doing work out of lesson.

#12

You may be a grade A student, but guess what? You don't practise. Math is all bout practice. You don't just blast through the doors of the exam room, knowing all the theorems and properties and expect to get a A. Practise a certain method of solving/theorem with at least 10 different questions. If you can't solve 1, try to solve 2 others. See what I'm getting at?

I dunno what level of education you're at, but I'm guessing high-school freshman or so. It's not that hard. And ffs, don't pick a major that involves maths. Cause you'll hate it.

I dunno what level of education you're at, but I'm guessing high-school freshman or so. It's not that hard. And ffs, don't pick a major that involves maths. Cause you'll hate it.

#13

Are you checking your answers, I used to rush through math tests because they were always easy for me, but after we began more complex stuff I would be careless and make dumb mistakes. My test averages went up around 15% when I thoroughly checked my answers before handing them in. If it's just calculating and arithmetic problems that you have try not to use a calculator and do mental math or work problems out on paper. It sounds elementary, but knowing all basic multiplication tables could help drastically.

Seconded. I lost a letter grade in maths once because of stupid mistakes on a final. (It feels SO GOOD to be done with that stuff! English majors FTW!)

#14

You're just not interested in it.

Sounds stupid, but you do better on stuff on what you're interested in. There isn't very much to desire in maths, where as history or something similar can be turned into a hobby.

I'm not bad at maths but I always do better in the more interesting subjects or ones that don't take much thoughts.

Also, you could be just

Sounds stupid, but you do better on stuff on what you're interested in. There isn't very much to desire in maths, where as history or something similar can be turned into a hobby.

I'm not bad at maths but I always do better in the more interesting subjects or ones that don't take much thoughts.

Also, you could be just

*naturally*bad/good at maths.
#15

in exams, don't rush the questions. practise maths by doing tons of problems, get your teacher to give you harder problems to do so that when you come to do the standard exam questions, it'll feel like adding 2 and 2.

if you're not already doing so, compound what you learn and understand in class by going over it again in your own time, and do questions.

just keep trying, and keep solving exercises, and you should see improvements.

if you're not already doing so, compound what you learn and understand in class by going over it again in your own time, and do questions.

just keep trying, and keep solving exercises, and you should see improvements.

#16

Hack in to the computers at school and change your grades. Works for me