Many students have
a negative attitude towards ma...
Many students have
a negative attitude towards mathematics. They perceive it as a difficult and
extremely hard subject to read, comprehend and understand. Once a human mind
perceives that something is hard or extremely difficult, it becomes weak and is
not able to do that particular item properly or with ease. Students tend to
assume that mathematics is difficult generally, without considering that there
are easy topics such as addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.
They focus on the difficult areas in mathematics that they get to know from
relatives, parents, teachers and peers such as differential equations. Having a
negative attitude blurs one’s mind from concentrating and learning on what is
being taught, when mathematics is being taught.
Students fail to
understand fundamental items and basic principles about mathematics. One has to
know and properly understand basic principles in mathematics such as addition,
subtraction, division, multiplication and carrying forward. These are
fundamental items that apply almost everywhere when one is doing any type of
mathematical calculation. Once students fail to grasp and understand these
concepts properly, they feel they cannot do well in mathematics and end up hating
Some students feel
that mathematics is not necessary to their lives. They feel it does not apply
to their day to day activities or the lifestyle they have. They think that they
can survive without mathematics. Many students assume that they will survive
without the need of having mathematical knowledge. They perceive that in areas
where mathematics is required to be done, there are people to do those
calculations. They consider supermarkets to cashiers, banks to have accountants
and firms to have auditors. This way, they do not see any reason why they
should pump up their brains with mathematical information, when there are professionals
to do the job.
Students feel that
mathematics is their weak area. They feel that they do not have the power or
ability to do mathematics as well as they do other subjects. They consider
mathematics as a weak point which pulls down their grades and overall academic
performance. This makes them hate the subject as they feel that they were not
born with “mental strength” to do the subject like the rest of the students who
do well in it. When they assume that they are weak in the subject, they do not
bother to know their areas of weakness or modes of learning and revision they
can use to help them get a better understanding about their areas of weakness
and different units that the subject has. They are not able to improve on the
subject as they do not work on their areas of weakness. They always remain down
in terms of mathematics. This is because they totally feel mathematics is an
area they can never thrive or do well.
Many students are
lazy and do not want to put in effort that is required in learning mathematics.
Mathematics requires a lot of hard work to pass. It is a subject that requires
someone to be disciplined. It needs one to be attentive in class in order to
keenly listen on what is being taught, complete assignments and revise on the
assignments and classwork. One must constantly practice on the formulas and
methods applied in mathematical calculations, for one to become conversant with
them. Students do not want to tire themselves with such work as they feel it
will consume and take so much of their time. They feel mathematics is a subject
that requires a lot of their; time, concentration and effort which they are not
ready to part with. Thus they end up hating it.