It's because there's so *very much* of it...Sometimes, you'll have to learn something that you don't care about, and it will bore you to tears. And then, when you need that something later on, you'll have to flip back through the book to refresh your memory because you never, in fact, actually learned it (you can't force your brain to learn, though you can sometimes persuade it). I know, I've been there.

The satisfaction comes when, having learned a bunch of stuff, you can approach Math like a puzzle game, and put all the little bits into play to solve a real-sounding problem. And you will feel powerful. And Math will get more interesting.

(This didn't happen for me until Calculus. Actually, it may never happen until you leave High School. Just wait until you hit Conics. Beware the general equation of the hyperbola. Bewaaaarrrreee...)

]]>1)Use your imagination (if you have one), and come up with a truly originally theory about something.

2)Look at math class as a way to build the skills you need in order to prove that theory.

Suddenly learning math will actually be fun, and you will be way more motivated.

It works for me, although, I have theories about pretty much every subject you can think of and I prefer to learn on my own rather than in class.

]]>Did you learn about the angle of a line in terms of rise over run?

What about word problems that use algebra? Did you have any of those

like this:

Two temperature scales, Farenheit and Celsius are both at -40 degrees at the same time. But when Celcius is at 100, then Farenheit is at 212. So one went up by 140 degrees when the other went up by 252 degrees. Draw a graph that plots a straight line with Celsius as one axis and Farenheit as the other axis.

(Check to see if 0 Celsius is 32 Farenheit.)

(Describe why you think the graph should be a straight line.)

(If the line was curved, what would this mean?)

Did you do any problems like that?]]>

i am poor in algebra, too

]]>Or any of the links on the Teacher Resources page.

And welcome poohlah445, I am very glad that you agree that math is fun

]]>Maybe you could try to find exactly why it went "off the rails" for you:

* Was it a new math subject that you can't quite grasp?

* Or maybe some important concept that you didn't understand and then you sailed past it and don't understand the rest?

Maybe tell us more about what you are learning that is getting so hard.

(To me, math is a lot of concepts/ideas placed on top of each other - if one is lacking the rest are just confusing)

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