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Why Do People Find Maths So Hard?

Why Do People Find Maths So Hard?

When asked which subject at school is the most difficult, a significant number of students will choose maths. But why do so many people find maths so hard? There are a number of different reasons why it can seem so difficult.

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We’ve been told maths is hard

Students who have a parent or older sibling who has struggled with maths may have been told maths is hard and simply believed it. Many people believe that you are either creative or logical and so if they are artistic they might have absorbed the preconception that they can’t then also be good at maths.

There are also a lot of other stereotypes about who is and isn’t good at maths, based on gender, culture and race, all of which can plant the idea in a student’s mind that maths will be hard for them or that they won’t enjoy it.

Of course none of these preconceptions or stereotypes are true. It’s important that we allow students to decide for themselves whether they enjoy maths and give them the opportunity to discover their own potential, instead of imposing our own ideas about maths on them.

Maths is cumulative

Another reason many people find maths so hard is that the subject is cumulative. A foundation is built and then new concepts are taught which are based upon an understanding of this foundation, and these in turn are used to understand more complex concepts.

If the foundation is shaky then maths will always seem difficult going forward. If at any stage a concept isn’t properly grasped then any further learning that is based on that concept is going to be very hard to understand too.

The best way to combat this is to ensure that the student has a solid foundation and then is given the time to absorb new concepts before moving on. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible in a classroom situation, as the teacher needs to get through the curriculum in a certain amount of time and can’t adapt the class to each and every student in it.

This is where an online tutoring system like Blutick can really make a difference. The student can work at their own pace and go back over topics as often as is necessary to build that strong foundation for themselves, without worrying about feeling embarrassed in front of their peers or holding others back.

Different people absorb information differently

There are theories that left-brain thinkers and right-brain thinkers learn differently. The former, being more logical, tend to understand concepts in sequential segments, while the latter, who tend to be more intuitive thinkers, tend to take in a lot more information at once and then gradually absorb it.

This may or may not be true, but what we do know for sure is that different people learn best in different ways. Some students may understand concepts presented visually more easily, others learn better from auditory teaching, and still others may prefer other styles of learning completely.

This can also be seen in the way different students do well with different teachers. It can sometimes be based upon personality (we all tend to learn more easily from someone we ‘click with’ than someone who gets our back up) and sometimes it can depend on the various and contrasting teaching styles.

This problem can also be overcome by tutoring. If using a face to face tutor then it is very important that they are compatible with the student in terms of personality and teaching style.

Alternatively, Blutick’s online tutoring is based on an AI system that is capable of interacting in different ways with students. Students can choose a teacher from a selection of characters, each with their own ‘personality’ (formal or informal, bubbly or sarcastic, old or young).

If you’d like to find out more about how Blutick can help your child with maths, please get in touch. Our aim is to ensure that every student has the chance to see maths as fun and overcome any preconceptions that it is too hard for them.

Why Do People Find Maths So Hard?

When asked which subject at school is the most difficult, a significant number of students will choose maths. But why do so many people find maths so hard? There are a number of different reasons why it can seem so difficult.

Why is Maths So Hard - Blutick Maths Online

We’ve been told maths is hard

Students who have a parent or older sibling who has struggled with maths may have been told maths is hard and simply believed it. Many people believe that you are either creative or logical and so if they are artistic they might have absorbed the preconception that they can’t then also be good at maths.

There are also a lot of other stereotypes about who is and isn’t good at maths, based on gender, culture and race, all of which can plant the idea in a student’s mind that maths will be hard for them or that they won’t enjoy it.

Of course none of these preconceptions or stereotypes are true. It’s important that we allow students to decide for themselves whether they enjoy maths and give them the opportunity to discover their own potential, instead of imposing our own ideas about maths on them.

Maths is cumulative

Another reason many people find maths so hard is that the subject is cumulative. A foundation is built and then new concepts are taught which are based upon an understanding of this foundation, and these in turn are used to understand more complex concepts.

If the foundation is shaky then maths will always seem difficult going forward. If at any stage a concept isn’t properly grasped then any further learning that is based on that concept is going to be very hard to understand too.

The best way to combat this is to ensure that the student has a solid foundation and then is given the time to absorb new concepts before moving on.

Unfortunately this isn’t always possible in a classroom situation, as the teacher needs to get through the curriculum in a certain amount of time and can’t adapt the class to each and every student in it.

This is where an online tutoring system like Blutick can really make a difference. The student can work at their own pace and go back over topics as often as is necessary to build that strong foundation for themselves, without worrying about feeling embarrassed in front of their peers or holding others back.

Different people absorb information differently

There are theories that left-brain thinkers and right-brain thinkers learn differently. The former, being more logical, tend to understand concepts in sequential segments, while the latter, who tend to be more intuitive thinkers, tend to take in a lot more information at once and then gradually absorb it.

This may or may not be true, but what we do know for sure is that different people learn best in different ways. Some students may understand concepts presented visually more easily, others learn better from auditory teaching, and still others may prefer other styles of learning completely.

This can also be seen in the way different students do well with different teachers. It can sometimes be based upon personality (we all tend to learn more easily from someone we ‘click with’ than someone who gets our back up) and sometimes it can depend on the various and contrasting teaching styles.

This problem can also be overcome by tutoring. If using a face to face tutor then it is very important that they are compatible with the student in terms of personality and teaching style.

Alternatively, Blutick’s online tutoring is based on an AI system that is capable of interacting in different ways with students. Students can choose a teacher from a selection of characters, each with their own ‘personality’ (formal or informal, bubbly or sarcastic, old or young).

If you’d like to find out more about how Blutick can help your child with maths, please get in touch. Our aim is to ensure that every student has the chance to see maths as fun and overcome any preconceptions that it is too hard for them.