Math - Advanced

Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Advanced Mathematics
Curated By
Jillian Canete

They Might Be Thinking:

  • I'm horrible at math problems. 
  • My brain just doesn't work this way.
  • I'll never get it. 
  • I'm just not a math person. 
  • No matter what I try, I feel like I'll always be lost. 
  • Everyone around me gets it. 
  • My teacher must think I'm dumb.
  • I'm afraid my math grades will bring down my overall GPA.
  • I never get the right answer.
  • When will I ever need to use trigonometry/calculus/algebra again?
  • I don't understand the significance of learning algebra.
  • I just don't like math.
  • I'm way better at [insert subject]. Why should I waste my time on something that I'll never understand?
  • When will I actually apply these skills to real life?

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Why do you think you're not a math person?
  • You're a smart individual. What makes you think you can't learn this?
  • Math is about making mistakes and learning from them. Don't be afraid to make a few errors as you're learning. 
  • I'm here for you if you need help. 
  • Arrange a meeting with your teacher to go over the parts that you are having the most trouble with.
  • A lot of people think math is scary, but I know you'll get it. If you ever have doubts, just remember all the times you didn't understand something, but are now an expert.
  • If you want to study and learn with someone, let me know. I'm looking to improve my math skills as well. 
  • What are the things you like about math?
  • Are there areas of math that you like more than others?

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • You'll never get it. 
  • Some of us just aren't math people. 
  • Ugh! I hate math, too. 
  • Math is just hard. Don't worry about not getting it. 
  • I know plenty of people who aren't good at math.
  • Calculators are everywhere nowadays, so don't worry about not being able to do this type of math.
  • I don't know why it's so hard for you. Just work harder, or get a tutor.
  • You know the basics; you'll be fine.
  • Just do enough to pass. You'll never use this stuff again anyway.
  • I don't understand why you don't get it. It's so easy!
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