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Math is not one of my strongest strengths. Will I struggle in the area of economics because of this.

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Hi, I'm a 16-year-old high school student determined to get an education in the areas of economics and business. I have many strengths but one of them does not include math. The Idea of this extremely bothers me because I feel as if I will struggle. Any advice?
(thank you for all the responses, I'm sorry I don't get to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to answer my questions but thank you!)
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Sera’s Answer

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Business and economics courses are rooted by basic mathematic concepts. Most colleges will have study sessions, tutors, and smaller discussion sessions if you are having trouble with a concept. If you are strongly interested in pursuing a Business and Economics, do not let your hesitations on math stop you. There will be many resources and people willing to help! Best of luck and above all else, try your best and put in the time (in class and studying), and it will be sure to pay off!
Thank you for the positive response! danieh K. Translate
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carolyn’s Answer

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I too struggled with math especially geometry in High School but learned that it was not that I could not do math problems but rather I had a mental block in doing them so I went to after school tutoring to work on my math skills and gain confidence in this area. I then went to college and majored in economics and finance and learned that as long as I had the confidence in the basics of math I could pursue these fields successfully.
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Stefanie’s Answer

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Don't make one thing that you think you MAY not be good at stops you from going into the area you are interested in.
Math wasn't my strongest subject in school. I was just about average, always needed extra time to get my head around a lot of stuff, had to put more hours than other friends and I had to get extra tutorials for few years!

Then I actually chose to study finance in uni (which of course means I had to study economics, statistics, accounting - etc) and I managed to graduate way above average! Not without handwork of course but I can tell you that a lot of things in business and economics do require maths but that's not the only thing you need. You need critical thinking, problem solving skills, and interests towards the subjects itself.

Overtime I realised sometimes a lot of my problems was the thinking of I wasn't very good at one thing and therefore its the way it is!
If you think you have similar problem, here is some things that helped me get over my 'I-am-not-good-at-maths' thoughts :
1) Identify where is your point of weakness in maths! (For me, I wasn't very good at memorising the formulas. I just didn't get them sometimes!)
2) Identify why are you not good at it? (Took me awhile to figure this out but it turned out I struggled with formulas because I didn't understand what the formula is trying to do and therefore it requires me a lot of effort trying to jammed those formulas as-is into my brain!)
3) Figure out a way to work with it. (Once I realised what my problem, I started to do few trials and error to figure out the best way for my brain to absorb these so called 'difficult formulas'. For me, I used to create a story around the formula so that I remember the story and therefore I remember the formula!)
4)Practice, practice, practice. Get help if you still struggle :) - to this day I find that talking about the problems and what it is that I am trying to solve always help!

One last thing, the good news is, I learnt that overtime, the more exposure you get from real-life scenarios/problems, the maths actually become easier as you will gradually understand where to apply them and you can always go back to the fundamentals!

Hope this helps!!
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Kara’s Answer

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For an undergraduate degree in Economics, an understanding of algebra and math concepts are required, but the greatest aspect of studying Economics is that you get to learn and use Statistics! It is a very practical, applied type of math, which you may find interesting, if you haven't been exposed to it before. I have found that many people who have struggled with Calculus find Statistics more intuitive. That said, attending review sessions, taking advantage of on-campus tutoring services, and asking for help are especially important when working through difficult subjects.

Enjoy!
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Sally’s Answer

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You may want to take some time and determine what is it about Economics and Business that really interests you. Is it the science behind Economics and how people use/distribute resources? Or is it the Economic activities themselves like the Stock Market and Mortgage Backed Securities that interest you? Once you figure that out, you'll have a better idea of the level of Math you need to be successful.
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Stephen’s Answer

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Economic principals are built around basic math.

If you can get past Algebra 1, Geometry and into Algebra 2, you'll be fine.

Still study calculus because advanced research does work it's way into statistical observations; but beyond that, stick to the basics.
Will definitely keep this in mind, thank you danieh K. Translate
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Steve’s Answer

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All college majors within the field of Business will require several courses in mathematics to successfully obtain a degree. However, there are numerous other core knowledge topics beside mathematics that determine your successful completion of a Business degree. Please consider that every college or university will be able to provide tutoring type assistance for math classes and technology has become the main tool for automating the majority of math related calculations within the business world. While you may need to put in the extra work in the math classes never let that deter you from pursuing a Business degree.
Thanks for the positive answer Steve! danieh K. Translate
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