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# The Math Anxiety: Reasons Behind It and Ways to Overcome It

Math is a subject that is needed more than one may think However when the subject of mathematics is brought up it induces anxiety It brings about more anxiety than any other subject does Math anxiety is a common form of anxiety that is experienced by most students According to an article in Encyclopedia Encarta anxiety is defined as emotional state in which people feel uneasy apprehensive or fearful Several different things can bring on anxiety Such as fear ones feeling of not being able to accomplish a particular task or by instructors who show insensitivity to students either because of age andor sex and because the student lacks self-confidence Throughout this paper I will discuss and try to explain why students suffer from such an anxiety that is brought on by fear of the subject insensitivity and lack of self-confidence I will also discuss some ways in which one can overcome math anxiety The word fear in relation to math has many different connotations Often when a student realizes they need to take a math course whether its basic math or calculus most students begin to assume they cant do it Fear is also brought on by embarrassment One thing that may contribute to a students passivity is the fear of making mistakes in mathematics Tobias Overcoming Math anxiety 52 Embarrassment can be induced when a student is asked to go to the chalkboard and solve a problem they do not understand Some teachers influence this sort of fear by rewarding accuracy and treating errors as an occasion for shame The student starts to feel inferior to the teacher or even fellow classmates For most students the mathematical language becomes ambiguous because of their fear But fearing math makes us wary of activities that may involves ratios or mechanics or neat rows of numbers bookkeeping 33 So because of these fears most students later on in life may avoid certain jobs that require

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