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Counseling Department at NVCCLoudoun periodically offers a workshop on Math
Anxiety. Below is the handout the participants receive that include several
resources to help with Math Anxiety. 

Math Study Skills:
Diagnostic Inventory
Scoring: 90
 102
Give yourself an A. You are using the study skills you need in
order to be successful in math. 80
 89
Give yourself a B. You are using good math study skills. Choose a
few strategies to work on each day, and you will be well on your way to an
A. 70
 79
Give yourself a C. Your study skills are average. If you want an A,
choose one or two strategies in each category to work on until you are
using most of the strategies described above. Below
70
You are probably having a difficult time in math class. But the
math itself may not be your trouble! More that likely, your main problem
is the study strategies you are using (or not using). Make
yourself do the things on the list above. Some
Ways that Math is Different from Other Subjects: 1.
Math requires different study processes. In other
courses, you learn and understand the material, but you do not always have
to apply it. You have to apply the math in each assignment. 2.
Math involves a linear learning process. What you
learn one day is used the next, and so forth. You cannot "coast"
during any of the topics. 3.
Math is much like a foreign language. It needs to
be practiced EVERY day, and often the vocabulary is unfamiliar. 4.
Math in college is different from math in high
school. In high school, you may have math class every day but only two or
three times a week in college. And what took 36 weeks to learn in high
school is now covered in only 15 weeks. Much of the learning takes place
outside of the classroom, through your preparation and homework. Reasons
for Math Anxiety: 1.
People do not have confidence in their abilities.
You need to experience small successes to begin building confidence in
yourself. 2.
People don't try to understand; they just
memorize. 3.
People often do not prepare for math class or for
tests. Avoid trying to "wing" it. Some
ways to study for math exams: 1.
Start on Day OneDo EVERY homework assignment. 2.
Use flash cards for formulas and vocabulary 3.
Use the chapter summary, review section and
practice test found at the end of each chapter in your textbook. 4.
Rework problems you missed on the homework or on
quizzes. Make a list of any that you cannot correct and ask your
instructor or tutor. 5.
Complete practice tests. Ways
to study for Math class: 1.
Do not study just for tests; study for each day of
class. 2.
Keep upreview notes after class. 3.
Take thorough notes. Write everything from the
board on paper. 4.
READ the textbook. MUSCLE read it. If you don't
understand it, get help 5.
Find a study friend from your class. 6. Have a set time for completing your math homework. Treat it as a scheduled class. Math
Anxiety Code of Responsibilities
by Kathy Acker 1. I have the responsibility to attend all classes and do
all homework as assigned. Student's
Math Anxiety Bill of Rights by Sandra Davis I have
the right to learn at my own pace and not feel put down or stupid if I'm
slower than someone else. Resources used for this
presentation: Web Sites: Click here for : Available resources at Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus 
Contact: jserbousek@nvcc.edu or webteam 

Last modified: January 10, 2003 