For many people mathematics is a terrifying subject. The very thought of solving all those complicated formulas fills them with fear. They go into their exams thinking that they are going to get all the answers wrong. They look at numbers and their minds get muddled with confusion.
But maths need not be a scary subject. It can be fun, creative, playful and innovative. Do you cook? If you do then you will realise that maths is a lot like making a tasty dish. You put a lot of ingredients in the pot and come up with the answer you are looking for.
Have you ever played a game? Maths is just like a game. You have to follow the rules and then try and win at the end of it. You might even take it as an expedition or an adventure. You embark on the journey, try different routes and finally arrive at your chosen destination.
If you think like this, you will find that there is nothing frightening about this subject.
Most people get frightened by maths because they were not thought properly at a young age. Their teachers and their parents made them look upon it as a dull and dreary subject. They made them think of it as a punishment rather than the playful journey it is supposed to be.
So now that we have decided that you are going to have fun with maths, the next question is, how are you going to have fun with maths? Go online or buy a good textbook. There is a lot of material that has been written on how to study maths in a fun way. The online material is often colourful with interesting patterns and delightful ways of explaining even the most mundane problems.
There are also many textbooks that explain solutions to problems as though it was for a five year old. Many people think these textbooks or online solutions are childish, but you will be surprised as to how effective they are. There are also some qualified statisticians to help you with your graduate/post graduate studies, especially for the data analysis part.
There are many people who think that there is a social stigma associated with being good at math. This is especially true of young people. They do not want to be branded as a nerd or a geek. So they ignore maths. This is a mistake. Later on in life they realise that maths is an essential subject that can take them places and earn them big money.
So forget what all the other kids at school tell you and start working on those math problems. When you find out how creative and fun it is, you will realise that maths is the cool subject that everyone should be learning.
Understand how mathematics relates to everyday life. Think about how it affects finance and engineering and even the household budget, and all those math problems will start making sense. You can apply all those math problems to day to day living and all the concepts will become very clear and practical.
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