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My math class is making me hate myself.

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  • Bobbybob444555Bobbybob444555 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    @VaporeonKid @bodangles sometimes you have to be critical to someone to help them. Kids at my school quit trying in their math class, get Cs and Ds just because the teacher is bad. I'm just suggesting to OP to be persistent. if one person could do it everyone can.
  • JanwelJanwel Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    I had similar problems in Algebra 2 in HS and Macroecon in college. The teachers had the same reaction to my questions as yours. They were lousy teachers. Talk to your guidance counselor about tutoring or extra help that someone in your school can provide. Maybe you could pay a fellow student who is doing well to tutor you. Good luck and don't bother with that nasty teacher anymore.
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    edited April 22
    @bella22 I understand where you are coming from. I am usually a great math student, but algebra 2 this year was hard to adjust to. Like your school, my school has a different curriculum than most schools. We are encouraged to figure out how to solve things ourselves, which is really tough. One thing that really helped me this year was YouTube. I can not stress this enough: YOUTUBE HAS SAVED MY GRADE!!! There are amazing algebra 2 videos. Just type in the unit you are on, and a bunch of videos on that topic should come up.

    I also use Kahn Academy, but their videos are hard to follow, so I mostly just use their practice problems.
  • Bobbybob444555Bobbybob444555 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    @Janwel is correct, I just use the book
  • bella22bella22 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    @Bobbybob444555 Don't cut yourself on all that edge dude. And I do try, lol. We don't have a textbook, just problem sheets.

    I have a tutor now, hopefully that will help me out.
  • bella22bella22 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Thanks everyone, for your tips, by the way.
  • lensonodalensonoda Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Glad you have a tutor!

    My favorite website for math besides Khan Academy is Coolmath .com. It color codes all the tutorials and teaches up to pre-calculus. I'm not naturally talented in math, but Coolmath is much easier to understand than all the resources my school gives me. The tutorials are also written in a really optimistic tone, so they can fend off the discouragement and self-loathing for a while. :P I hope this site helps you!
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Registered User Posts: 3,421 Senior Member
    edited April 23
    @Bobbybob444555 I'm currently a college Math major (in a week, I'll officially be a senior!). Your comments are not only not helpful, they are flat out wrong and extremely damaging. Algebra II is not always a "simple" class, for multiple reasons. Even if it were, people have strengths, and not everyone is naturally good with math or has had the same opportunities. I've volunteered with a group that does free SAT tutoring for inner city schools; many of the students there struggled with algebra I topics, let alone algebra II. I also went to a high school that is often considered one of the top in the country (STEM magnet school with competitive admission). Our algebra II class covered two solid years worth of math in one and we had multiple units that there was no textbook for; students were often encouraged to repeat the course if they did not get a certain grade (I think it was a B- ) and I knew several that did. And guess what, even though I am great at math (came into college with entire calc sequence done), I got a C+ in physics in high school (it was our regular class but covered AP Physics B curriculum) because I had a terrible teacher. The only reason I got a C+ instead of lower is because I worked hard on my own, bought my own textbook, etc. I did not "quit trying" and it's offensive that you suggest that is what's going on with other students. You don't know others' situations. Your idea that "if one person can do it, every one can do it" is just flat out wrong, offensive, and quite frankly, extremely ableist. I have a sibling who has dyslexia- they struggled with math because of it despite their intelligence.

    @bella22 I think getting a tutor is the right way to go. Watching videos can also be extremely helpful, as you've found (Khan academy in particular has good videos). Another option is to buy an algebra II textbook on your own (you can usually find them used pretty cheap) and work out of that. It won't have all the topics taught in your curriculum, but it will have the more standard ones that'll be important for future courses.

    You also have my sympathies. This one class does not define you. Struggling in it does not necessarily mean you aren't good at math. Different people are more geared towards different areas of math- I'm much better with the algebras (high school, abstract, linear, etc) than analysis and some other areas. I had to really work my butt off to get Bs in calc based theory classes on probability and stats this year, for example.
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