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How do I do math?

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Recently completed an MSc in Mathematics, with teaching experience and training.

To do Math in school, you need to practice. However, to really do math you need to constantly ask why? For example, 2+1=3, but why? At this point you could draw a number line and show why pictorially. Although you could then ask what even are the numbers 1 and 2, so a number line argument can still be improved. Any teacher who understands the math that you want to understand will be able to tell you why - but in some cases, you won’t be able to appreciate the answer, because you need to develop more tools for the job before you can understand why too. Maths is only hard because everyone says Maths is hard! If you change your attitude to maths to “maths isn’t hard, it just takes practice”, then you can do whatever math you want - if you have the patience for it.

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