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