Its really hard for me to believe that fear of mathematics is a ” real” phobia. I always used to think that problem or fear of math is just ” my ” problem.
I suffer so much of math phobia in my life . When i have to deal with numbers or calculating i just cant think clearly, i just lose my mind. Nobody would believe how much pain does this really cause.
I opened this website and wrote this story after a 1h of crying about this condition .
I hate this problem. This fear is my nightmare and , even if i pass it, i’ll never forget it in my life.
Here are two ways to overcome your fear of Mathematics
1. New ways of thinking
But while this all sounds well and good, one of the issues with mindset theory is that it is often presented in terms of brain plasticity or the brain’s ability to grow. This has lead to complaints about a shortage of neurological evidence supporting mindset theory. Our latest research aimed to address this lack of neurological research.
Generally speaking, for every problem in mathematics, there is more than one way to solve it. If someone asks you what three multiplied by four is, you can calculate the answer either as 4+4+4 or as 3+3+3+3, depending on your preference. But if you have not developed sufficient mathematical maturity or have fear of mathematics , it can prevent you from seeing multiple ways of solving problems. But our new study shows that a “growth mindset” can make maths anxiety a thing of the past.
We measured participants’ motivation to solve mathematical problems by asking about motivation both before and after each problem was presented. We also measured participants’ brain activity, specifically looking at areas associated with motivation, while they solved each problem. This was done using an electroencephalogram (EEG) which records patterns of activation across the brain.
In our research, we phrased questions in different ways to assess how question structure may affect both our participants’ ability to answer the questions and their motivation while tackling maths problems.
Each question appeared in two formats: one of typical mathematical teaching and another adhering to the recommendations of mathematical mindset theory. Both questions asked essentially the same question and had the same answer, like in the following simplified example:
“Find the number which is the sum of 20,000 and 30,000 divided by two” (a typical mathematical problem) and “Find the midpoint number between 20,000 and 30,000” (an example of a mathematical mindset problem).
2. Growth mindsets
Our study provides two important findings.
The first is that participants’ motivation was greater when solving mathematical mindset versions of problems compared to the standard versions – as measured by their brain response when solving the problems. It is assumed this is because the mathematical mindset wording encourages students to treat numbers as points in the space and manipulate spatial constructions.
The second is that participants’ subjective reports of motivation were significantly decreased after attempting the more standard maths questions.
Our research is immediately actionable in that it shows how opening up problems so that there are multiple methods for solving them or adding a visual component, allows learning to become an empowering experience for all students.
So for people with maths anxiety, you will be relieved to know that you are not innately “bad” at maths and your ability is not fixed. It is just a bad habit you have developed due to bad teaching. And the good news is, it can be reverted.