Math - Advanced
Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Advanced Mathematics
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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