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Dragon Master Mike

Math is slowly killing me.

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So, so far College has been way easier than expected, except for in my Math class. My math class is literal hell. In my other classes I barely even try and I do good. In my math class I give it my all and I'm failing. Yesterday, the first thing the professor said when class started was "This Unit and the next Unit are going to be much harder than the first two."

I think I died a little inside when she said that.

That class was probably the most stressful hour and 45 minutes of my entire life. By the end I had literally just given up. I totally couldn't do any of the work, and by that point I was literally so stressed I couldn't even process what the professor was trying to explain. The professor likes to make us work together, which just made me feel even more stupid.

Partner: "Alright, I did all the problems. What did you get on number four?"
Me: Still on problem one

And then we got our exams back and I got a 54. I've never had a legit panic attack before, but I think I was pretty close to having one in the parking lot. Like, I spent 20 minutes sitting in my car trying to calm down before I felt calm enough to drive. I was upset about the bad grade, but honestly it was more because of stress from the class than the grade itself. The grade was kind of just the last nail on the coffin.

I think what upsets me the most is that when I got an 84 on the first exam, I really thought that I would be able to pass for a while. I knew I didn't do great on this exam, but I didn't think I did that bad. At this point my grade is a 68, which is technically passing, but I need at least a 70 because it's a career studies class. Not to mention the fact that a D would destroy my GPA. I've got a month left before the deadline to drop the course, so it isn't completely hopeless yet, but things aren't looking good.

Let me just mention that my professor is amazing. If she wasn't I would have already ended up dropping the class by now.

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  1. Pokemon Trainer Sarah's Avatar
    That's really tough. I did a second year statistics class which I really struggled with. Before that it had all been how to use formulas which was easy to me. But this was how they derived the formulas which meant lots of advanced calculus and stuff I hadn't done since high school and had totally forgotten. xD My advice is to be proactive about it if you wanna try and improve your grades. Are there places you can go to get help if you're not understanding things? At my uni we have learning advisors you can see, as well as specialist maths help you can book in to. If you're not sure, maybe you could ask your professor what's available if you need some extra help? Good luck with it! The problem with maths is if you don't understand one thing then it's hard to understand all the follow on stuff and it all becomes really stressful. @[email protected] I don't miss it! xD
  2. Suicune's Fire's Avatar
    Duuuude, I can relate. I always struggled in maths when I was in high school... My girlfriend is really struggling right now with her maths unit as well. She's got an exam coming up and she's really worried. =/ I get the same thing you do--I get stressed, I panic, and worst of all, it's the easiest thing in the world for me to give up on. When I see equations, it's like reading in another language. Numbers and I do not mix. When I see them, it's like I'm trying to translate some ancient language, and nobody can ever properly explain it to me. And when I do get it, the following subject is much harder for me to grasp, so it's like I'm pushed back into square one. I get stressed, I get irrational, and I can't think straight. I stare at the paper and all that happens is that a headache starts to form. Everyone around me knows how to complete the problems, but I can't do it.

    One time in high school, I got 9% on a maths test. I was so proud when I came out of that test, thinking I did really well... Nope. N O P E.

    So I feel you. I really hope you can find a way to get around that huge barrier. I know the feels. </3
  3. Neo Emolga's Avatar
    There is no greater wrath than math. I also remember a quote Morzone had in their signature. "And then Satan said 'let's put the alphabet in math!'"

    Algebra and Calculus should be electives. Let them be for the mathematics majors that really want to dive into that stuff. The rest of humanity should focus more on personal finance, investing, money and banking, and all the adult stuff that isn't taught in schools but is extremely useful and necessary stuff! It's clear higher-level math isn't for everyone.

    Anyway dude, it's not just you. I failed my first Algebra class in college, barely passed the second one with a D-, and scraped by my statistics classes with Cs. Math classes are hell. I'd rather undergo surgery than take an algebra/calculus exam. And yes, even though I've graduated three years ago, I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT FAILING CALCULUS CLASSES in a very Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder kind of way.

    One thing that might be helpful is seeking the help of a tutor. Sometimes they'll help the stuff make sense in ways that the professor didn't. I did this and I honestly feel it made the difference between me getting that D- and failing in that one class.

    Good luck and all the best, dude.
  4. Dragon Master Mike's Avatar
    Thanks for all the support everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Emolga
    Algebra and Calculus should be electives. Let them be for the mathematics majors that really want to dive into that stuff.
    The problem is that i want to go into a science field, which means it's going to be math heavy. To top it all off, for what I want to do, I'm going to a two year college with the intention of transferring, and the college I want to go to is going to take my college's Math/Science degree better than they will the Biology one I'm working towards now, Meaning I might literally have to complete a math degree.

    ...I'm starting to think I should rethink what I want to do.
  5. Neo Emolga's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Master Mike
    Thanks for all the support everyone.

    The problem is that i want to go into a science field, which means it's going to be math heavy. To top it all off, for what I want to do, I'm going to a two year college with the intention of transferring, and the college I want to go to is going to take my college's Math/Science degree better than they will the Biology one I'm working towards now, Meaning I might literally have to complete a math degree.

    ...I'm starting to think I should rethink what I want to do.
    Part of me was thinking of going into architecture before college, but when I heard of the math classes that would be involved, I ran for the hills and pursued a business major instead, hoping it would at least mean job security (not quite, but it seems to be better than a few other career paths). Some algebra and calculus classes were unavoidable, but at least it was minimized.

    Right now, I almost wonder if I would have been better off going to trade school instead. I had the false notion that plumbers, electricians, and those kinds of jobs only got minimum wage, which is totally not true. My cousin's husband is an electrician and he was able to afford a big, beautiful house that I'm painfully jealous of as I'm still unemployed and living with my dad. At least when it comes to trade school jobs, those kinds of jobs won't be outsourced or relocated (which is a BIG problem for the jobs I've been doing and yes, I've lost quite a few opportunities because of this). You can't have someone in India doing electrical work that's needed here in the USA.

    But when it comes to the math classes, it may be a matter of sitting down and seeking the extra help and putting in the extra time to get the better grades you need. Personal tutors, online resources (there's a ton of stuff now out there that I only wish I had!), extra time with your professor outside of class (which shows the professor you really care), and things like that are good to consider. I think everyone has that moment where they're REALLY trying to learn how to do this stuff, and there are just steps in the equations that just make no sense and are a whole different reality to the math we learned in elementary school. I have a feeling that with algebra and calculus, it needs to be taught extremely slowly and extremely carefully. If a teacher or professor just tries to quickly blow through it, you might as well just hand the students a bunch of knives, take them into the operating room, and make them perform open heart surgery and triple bypasses with no experience. You'll get the same, terrible results.

    But yeah, think about what you want to do, but if in the end you still want to go for this career path and still want to try to push your way through this class, getting the extra help is the way to go. It sucks to see a cool and great guy like you have to struggle with this stuff, but I know that if you take the right steps and get what you need to know, you'll pull through this.

    All the best, dude.