Are You A Math-O-Phobe?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Blackboard MathI recently took a Real Estate Mathematics class as some continuing education. For me at least because I already come from a technical background, I put it off cause I just knew the time it would take to work through all the problems, not the difficulty of the class. But it made me wonder about others...

Are You A Math-o-phobe?

That is, an adult needing to conquer a fear of math from some negative thought about yourself from some teacher that gave you bad performance when you were younger.

Math is highly valuable for appraisals, inspections, loans, measuring materials and labor for sidewalks, or helping investors with rental properties or evaluating commercial real estate. Why do so many fear math I wonder? There are myths about women not being as good at it as men or some people's brains are wired for math and others not so. Some just plain don't like it.

Some of us may be skilled more at problem solving that leads to a black and white answer and not some grey area. Some also from taking classes, in their wildest dreams can't figure out where in life what they learned in Calculus class is going to do them any good, particularly in real estate instead of being in a rocket scientist field.

Math VariablesI do know people that are panic stricken when you mention converting back and forth between fractions, decimals, and percents. But think about it. Even when you go shopping and something is on sale, they will say like 40% off. Well how much is that off the list price? Can you calculate it?

I have concluded two things about this math fear.

One, math is a building block process and you miss a class or two in sequence along the way and you miss the foundation of how everything relates, and therefore you are SUNK with math.

Two, math can be intimidating if you don't first pick up on what you are learning. We all learn at different paces and some TEACHERS are not patient or not well skilled with their communication abilities to work with you. I used to do math tutoring and I see the need for some extra understanding, care, and NO INTIMIDATION in working with those who really want to learn math but just aren't connecting with it yet.

Try to not let math overwhelm you and view it as FUN with finding the right teacher, books, videos, or computer-based training etc.

     So are you a Math-o-phobe???

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Patricia Kennedy
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Gary, me a math-o-phobe?  You bet!  I still have dreams that I forgot to take my final for my college math class.  And out of a context that I understand, I'm pretty Duh-uh!

December 23, 2009 01:36 AM
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A teacher like that. .she can teach me  Algebra, Math and Physics.

I don't remember my Math  teacher ever looking like that!

December 23, 2009 04:39 AM
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Andrea Swiedler
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Yes indeed I am! But here is what I learned. I am able to do calculations, I just do it differently than most. If it had been taught differently to me as a child I wouldn't be so afraid of it. I realized only recently that I have my own way of understanding and doing things.

I will publicly admit something here and now. When I was very young I came home from school with an A on a paper. It was clock faces, we had to circle the correct time. My mother knew I could not have done this as I couldn't tell time. I could read when I was very very young, but numbers just caused me to go into a trance. I had guessed each and every one.

I have adapted to my different approach, and realize that I am just unique, LOL. Words are my forte. But like Russel, those wordy math problems with the trains heading to each other made me want to scream the same thing!

December 23, 2009 06:10 AM
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Melissa Brown
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On the one hand, I like math because it's cut and dried, right or wrong - no subjectivity on the grader's part.  On the other hand, I always struggled with word problems and figuring out the right equation.  Once I had the equation, I can do the math.  Anyway, give me English and foreign language any day of the week!

December 27, 2009 07:27 PM
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Lise Howe
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I love math but it isn't something that I was able to pass on to my daughter - maybe if she had a really cute male math teacher.....

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