Nicolas, Fatima May D.
My Math Experience
When I was younger math was my favorite subject, it was something that I felt very confident with. Unlike english, history, and literature, where I had to exert extra effort, math was the only subject that really came naturally to me. I remember when I was a kid my dad would test me on math questions, usually about lines and figures. What kind of line intersects, what are parallel lines? I was probably about 7 years of age, and it really impressed family friends when the answer was correct.
In school, I always did well in math especially basic math, it was simple and it was easy. Back then, I still have the capacity to help out other students and I was always helping out friends with their assignments. I always got high grades on tests and I was usually done first when it came to exams. It was really up until I started high school. Then, algebra happened, since we didn’t have any lessons given regarding algebra (even the most basic ones) during elementary I didn’t understand a word the teacher was saying, it was like I was reading a different language. It was hard at first because I for one like solving problems with numbers but when it started involving letters I knew I had to work harder because it would be different than what we have learned in elementary. I was confused and began taking lots of time to study and I also did group studies with my friends. It really helped when it came to algebra because to this day I still use the things I’ve learned during those study group sessions. What I’ve learned about those hardships and failures (exams included) in math that I’ve experienced is that I shouldn’t be contented with muddled halfcomprehension; I need to understand the entire thing and not just bits of it. Some of my teachers tend to leave out something and they just assume that it’s just a simple thing and that the students would be able to ...
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