Math Anxiety Test
Math anxiety can start from a very early age but with a few simple adjustments can be stopped.
YEARS OF MATH STRESS, WORRY, ANXIETY AND FEAR CAN BE AVOIDED IF APPROACHED IN A NEW WAY. SEE SOLUTIONS BELOW.
Math anxiety test
If the majority of answers to below questions are ‘YES’ then you probably have math anxiety.
DO NOT FEAR If you do have math anxiety we have suggestions below to concur this issue.
Q 1 : Math lessons where/are EXCRUCIATING . You would do anything for the teacher not to ask you a question : YES / NO.
Q2 : Being asked a maths question in front of class was one of your biggest nightmare. YES / NO.
Q3 : Times Table tests were/ are a weekly confidence bashing and reminder how RUBBISH you are at math. YES / NO.
Q4 : You NEVER ask questions in math class because the teachers explanations don’t make sense : YES / NO.
Q5 : ZONING OUT in math class is normal as it’s all too complicated to understand :YES / NO.
Q6 : The teacher asking you come to the board and working out a math problem sets your heart racing and your palms sweating : YES / NO.
Q7 : Bits of math makes sense but putting it all together somehow you PANIC and everything goes wrong : YES / NO.
Q8 : Math tests are your biggest FEAR : YES / NO.
Q9 : Math REVISION doesn’t make sense. YES / NO.
Q10 : Trying to work out how much things are going to cost or splitting bills gives you a headache and you avoid it at all costs. YES / NO
MOSTLY YES? READ BELOW TO FIND OUT WHY AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT your math anxiety?
According to research from University of Minnesota, “Once the fear pathways are ramped up, the brain short-circuits more rational processing paths.” Eg when you are scared all rational thought goes out the window! So in math classes as soon as you get scared no longer can you think about anything in a rational way.
However there is a process called ‘Fear Extinction’ which is overcoming a fear memory. All you have to do is replace horrible thoughts with good ones. Below is our personal 5 Day Plan however if you have extreme anxiety we suggest you see a professional therapist.
5 DAY MATH PROGRAM to eradicate fears.
DAY 1 MATH ANXIETY TEST SOLUTIONS : Time yourself, MANTRA & WRITe down fears
1. Time yourself doing below math sums and note your time and stress levels. You will repeat this process in 5 days and compare.
2. Mantra : Repeat (out loud or in your head) 10 x “I love Math, I love Math, I love Math” - you will not believe this at first but repeat it anyway as it will send subconscious signal to the brain that will reduce fear. Do this once in the morning and once at night.
3. Write down math fears and anxieties and think of rational solutions to those issues. Scientists have discovered the act of writing down fears will increase your math test results. If you are helping your child overcome their math anxiety let them have a look at the examples below.
Example 1 :
Write down fear eg : “My teacher is always cross because I get math questions wrong.”
Rational solution eg : “My teacher may not have been great at explaining math in the way I needed to understand. If I find a different approach I might be better at math.”
Example 2 :
Write down fear eg : “I panic whenever anyone asks me a math question.”
Write down rational solution eg : “If you let people know you find math hard but you will try your hardest to work out the problem. Let them know practice is really good for your brain as it helps it to grow but it could take you a bit longer to work out.”
DAY 2 MATH ANXIETY TEST SOLUTIONS : MANTRA & TIMES TABLES
1. Mantra : Repeat to yourself 10 x “My math brain is growing and I WILL be BRILLIANT at MATH” - again you won’t believe this but that doesn’t matter because your subconscious brain will hear and believe it and reduce anxiety. Do this once in the morning and once at night.
2. Times Tables : REPLACE 10 MINS OF SOCIAL MEDIA OR GAMING WITH 10 MINS OF MULTIPLICATIONS & DIVIDING THAT MAKES SENSE TO YOU AND DOESN’T CAUSE MORE STRESS!
We recommend Table Fables as it takes ALL FEAR out of learning math as it uses animation and comedy stories (including farts and poo!) to teach.
Basic math principles are a must. If your times table and dividing facts aren’t solid then your mathematical journey will stall.
DAY 3 MATH ANXIETY TEST SOLUTIONS : BREATHING & TIMES TABLE
Before your daily 10 minutes of Multiplication and Dividing we need to remove the anxiety that blokes your brain functioning properly.
Scientific research has continuously proven if the area of the brain that controls stress is activated then other areas of the brain cease to function properly.
Getting anxious about math causes the mathematical area of your brain to malfunction and cease to work properly, no wonder math is hard. So lets begin by removing the stress.
1. Breathing is the easiest and best way to remove stress and Wim Hof is having considerable success. Wim Hof himself seems rather eccentric but scientist have proven his technic works and various celebrities have used his method including Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise. Wim Hof himself has broken broken 21 Guinness World Records and climbed close to the top of Everest in only his shorts, having to give up because of a foot injury not the cold!!
Wether you use the Wim Hof method or another breathing exercise we need to get your anxiety levels down so your math brain can functions properly.
2. Basic Math - 10 minutes of times table and dividing practice that uses images rather numbers so your brain doesn't become anxious when faced with math questions. Concentrate on 6 & 7 Times Table & Dividing.
DAY 4 MATH ANXIETY TEST SOLUTIONS : MANTRA, BREATHING & TIMES TABLE
1. Mantra - Shout at the top of your voice 10 x morning and night “I’m awesome at math”.
2. Breathing - Use Wim Hof method or another breathing technique to reduce anxiety.
3. Basic Math - 10 minutes of times table and dividing practice that uses images rather numbers so your brain doesn't become anxious when faced with math questions. Concentrate on 8, 9 & 12 Times Table & Dividing.
DAY 5 MATH ANXIETY TEST SOLUTIONS : MANTRA, BREATH & Retest yourself
.1. Mantra - Repeat 10 x morning and night “I’m a math hero” and really believe it.
2. Breathing - Try and make this a daily activity or definitely something you do whenever you feel anxious about math.
3. Retest yourself with the below math sums and compare your results with how fast you could do them on day 1 and note your levels of anxiety.
Compare your results and congratulate yourself on your improvements. Repeat the program for another 5 days if you want to get faster. Remember to BIG YOURSELF UP - even if you don’t believe it the action of repeating a mantra to yourself that you are ‘good at math’ will mean you improve. MIND OVER MATTER really does WORK.
Good luck and more importantly have fun so math anxiety doesn’t cripple your learning.