Learning Math has long been associated with a different kind of learning challenge for many. It is a subject that has earned a reputation for being difficult to understand mainly because of the nature of mathematical analysis that needs to be done which is not always obvious to learners. With the need to remove that perception of difficulty that tend to pervade among students, Math is now being sought to be taught in a much more enjoyable way.
Is Math Really Hard to Learn?
The answer to this question is not the same for all. Some will say yes while others will say no. Whatever the answer though, there is one thing that is required from learners of Math. This is the need to have reasonable patience and persistence when dealing with Math problems.
Rather than a question of intelligence, it boils down to the effort of building Math knowledge through foundational preparation. In simple English, this is about ensuring that the basic skills are completed and achieved before going on to the next level. To be able to divide effortlessly for example, knowledge of multiplication is required. As students attempt to try on more difficult topics, the harder it becomes to cope when level deficiency is continuously not addressed and is allowed to accumulate instead.
The Usual Obstacles Related to the Study of Math
A less than solid foundation on basic skills, operations, principles, and analysis will definitely make learning Math more difficult as topic progresses. Difficulty leads to disinterest and rejection which makes even easy Math topics difficult than they actually are. Mathematical concepts are interrelated thus the necessity to gain understanding of each concept and connect each to the other.
Solving Math problems is also often perceived as tedious. Some see the subject like a foreign language that is alien to their possessed capability. In addition to the inherent need to think when tackling Math, there needs to be a conscious effort to go back to unclear topics until they are mastered.
Why Make Learning Math Fun?
Learning Math the fun way is now possible through the use of games and other entertainment platforms that will lessen outright rejection of it. Fun learning is almost effortless. It removes the stigma of Math being branded as a boring and difficult subject. School have already recognized the potentials of fun Math learning in encouraging genuine interest in the subject.
About the Author:
Noelle Eberts has a passion for connecting children to the possibilities that math can unlock. She writes independently for MathNook and is a great resource for all kinds of kid’s math games. Noelle is a part-time math tutor and a full-time Mom!