I'm terrible at math. What should I do?
Reply from the Highlights Editors
We're glad you decided to write to us about this. Admitting that your math skills need improvement is the first step toward mastering the subject.
We suggest that you talk to your parents about this. Explain that you want to do better in math but you need their help. You might want to ask them to help you find a special quiet place and time to do your homework. It's usually a good idea to do your homework as soon as you get home, while your lessons are still fresh in your mind. Do each assignment completely and to the best of your ability. Your parents can check your homework for accuracy and help you figure out any math problems that give you trouble.
We also suggest that you talk to your teacher and ask him or her for suggestions. Your teacher can tell you exactly what he or she expects of you and may suggest specific things for you to do to improve your math skills.
When you get papers back from your teacher, go over them carefully. If you have any questions, you could ask your teacher about them. He or she will let you know whether it's better to ask these questions during class or afterward.
The main thing that most people need to do to improve their math skills is to practice. When you are shown something new, practice it over and over. Try to be patient with yourself if you can't do a problem perfectly right away. Just keep working at it, and soon you should be able to master it.
Your parents and your teacher want you to succeed. Please don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it. They'll be proud that you want to do your best.
We hope this helps. :o)
The Highlights Editors