Is Something Wrong With My Brain?

Math has been my number one enemy since grade school.

I would get so stressed out about it that I would have anxiety attacks and go into fits when I couldn't finish the worksheets they made us do...and high school was worse.

I barely passed all the math classes I ever took. What I don't understand is, I've gotten extremely high marks in every other class! English, Science, Social Studies, I passed with flying colors. I sing and have played piano and have no problem reading music, which I've heard is even associated with the same part of the brain that processes math. In standardized tests, I consistently score in the 99th percentile for reading and writing.

And in the 30th percentile for math..


Sometimes I genuinely wonder if there is a part of my brain that just didn't develop the right way to be able to understand math. Or maybe my mom just dropped me on my head when I was a baby....
lostinapril lostinapril
18-21, F
3 Responses May 12, 2012

Hi there,
You are describing me to a T. I had the same academic history in high school and speak 4 languages.
When I do math....it's like..."where is my brain?" I have tried many, many tutors and tried every suggestion for becoming successful, but no luck....it's like the language of numbers is one that I just can't process.
I would love to hear from anyone on here that has had or has similar math challenges, and how did you prevail?

Go to khanacademy.org and work your way through the courses. I used this site through college and it was more efficient than any of my professors. Hope it helps.

While it's possible that maybe there is something in your brain, I doubt it. Math is another language to some people. I've taught it for 7 years now and have seen it go many different ways. A lot of students believe they can't do well in math, so they don't. Give it a chance and you may notice that you'll start to get it.