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Are your Math skills...
Better than average 59%  59%  [ 79 ]
Average 10%  10%  [ 14 ]
Below average 16%  16%  [ 22 ]
I hate math / It's boring 15%  15%  [ 20 ]
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22 Apr 2010, 1:45 pm

Though I usually scored "average" or "high average" on the arithmetic subtests of my IQ tests (which was a relative weakness for me considering this subtest is on the Verbal section of WAIS and all my other VIQ subtest scores were very high) I am unspeakably awful at math. Many people with NVLD demonstrate the same "relative weakness" and I have been told I pretty much exhibit *classic* NVLD traits. Block design and Object Assembly on PIQ are always my lowest subtest scores on WAIS. I always score "low average", "borderline" or "impaired" on those two subtests.

The Block design subtest CAN BE decent indicator of one's aptitude at math. Especially math heavy in visual-spatial aspects like geometry and trig. As bad as I am at algebra....i'm even worse at geometry or anykind of visual-spatial math. But there are many people who score very low (even consistently) on the Block Design subtest and still manage to be quite good at math....even geometry and trig. But I guess in my case, the Block Design subtest accurately predicted what it's supposedly designed to predict.



I have an AA degree and I have yet to pass introductory Algebra. I took it and dropped it twice in college before I opted for course substitutions. I was eligible for them since, in spite of my "average" arithmetic scores, I do have a documented learning disability which manifests itself (at least on IQ/achievement tests, it manifests itself in countless other wonderful ways in LIFE) in difficulties with mathematics.

I can get through fractions, decimals, percentages and most, if not all, other pre-algebra math. But unless i've taken a recent class or recently re-taught myself how to add/multiply/divide/subtract fractions (for one example) I never remember how to do it. This in itself might very well be a reflection of the general problems I believe I have with long-term memory. Especially declarative (semantic and episodic) and procedural memory.


Nonetheless.... I try to tell myself i'm bound and determined to go back to college here soon (at 40 years of age!! !) and conquer higher math at all costs.

I try to tell myself I don't care if I have to work with a tutor 24/7, do practice problems in my sleep and sell my soul and everyone else's to the devil.... I WILL conquer higher math.


But it's a bit hard to convince myself of all this when i'm so depressed that I can't even get out of bed until 2:00pm many days or feed myself.



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22 Apr 2010, 1:49 pm

Since I started treating it like a language, I love it!



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22 Apr 2010, 2:22 pm

I was gonna say "better than average" but since I failed a 2nd year university math course (linear algebra), I'm not so sure and I just said "average".

I still enjoy learning certain maths though, just not too abstract like linear algebra.



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22 Apr 2010, 2:42 pm

As with everything, it takes me enormous amounts of time to process new concepts. Once I do absorb them, though, I can manipulate them well given that I've done enough practice. I'm not so good with problems that I've never seen before; I might not get the solution right away. Overall, though, I tend to do very well in math because it's all based on logical reasoning. The problem for me is bringing myself to do the homework and the studying after school. If I do all my work and study as much as I need to, I excel in math.


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22 Apr 2010, 4:11 pm

I liked the course on game theory at college. The part I liked most was on cooperative game theory.



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22 Apr 2010, 4:20 pm

I need an option for my learning disability! I understand everything, even higher math -- the problem is that I can't do it. I cannot communicate that inernal understanding to the page or verbally. The best example of this is that I totally understand the concept of bases oterh than 10 -- binary, base 18, base 16, whatever. I understand what they are, h ow they work, etc. But I cannot turn base 10 numbers into other bases and I absolutely cannot do arithmatic in other bases. (Good lord, I still can't do double-digit addition in my head,in base 10, don't ask throw in a different numeric base!)

I cannot decipher numbers well, either; I have trouble using calculators because I will hit the wrong number or wrong arithmetical symboland not know it. (Demonstrated this for a class I took on teaching math and science, because no one had heard of dyscalculia -- I had the class astounded at my inabilty to arrive at the correct answer to an arithmetic problem even when using a calculator.) So I'd say my skills are fine, becauase I understand completely how and why math works -- but my brain won't let me show it. I consider myself a poor math student and hope I never need to take anymore math classes in my life!



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22 Apr 2010, 5:21 pm

Got up to linear algebra in college, but didn't study further. Math has always been a strange thing for me, back when we were learning multiplication, division, and fractions I would just do all the problems in my head but could never "show my work" or verbalize how I got my answers , my teachers didn't like that so they gave me a lot of trouble for it; subsequently this discouraged any interest I had at the time in perusing calculating like that any further.


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22 Apr 2010, 5:27 pm

I am not particularly good at math, but if I have a piece of paper and can write down what I need to, and I've been taught how to solve that particular type of problem, I can figure it out. I got a 550 on the math portion of the GREs, which is not very high but adequate, and since the last time I had a math class was in the 11th grade, I think I did okay. :)



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22 Apr 2010, 7:06 pm

I have heard aspergers people are commonly good at math. My son is amazing at math.
I suck at math.


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22 Apr 2010, 7:14 pm

I must be the ultimate nerd as I have a degree in Math and CompSci (BMath).

However I was not into the deep theory stuff like many of my peers at university.
I think I just gravitated due to my natural technical and problem solving abilities.

I was better than average but I kinda just swam with the tide to get my grades and now know this was probably due to my AS.



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22 Apr 2010, 7:27 pm

I can do basic math and algebra, but overall I detest math. I had to really work hard just to pass math in high school. Overall, math is not my best subject. My best subjects tend to be English and Social Studies.



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22 Apr 2010, 8:27 pm

I had trouble with basic math but espicaly multiplication and still can't do it without a calculator. People with AS being good at math is a horrible horrible sterotype and whenever people bring it up I want to strange them.

I'm better in math since I've been homeschooled and it's now my second favorite subject (biology is my favorite) but it's still no walk in the park. Litterature is my most hated subject today. Will someone please explain to me why litterature is a presaquite for vet school? I suspect it is a butt-kissing course.



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22 Apr 2010, 8:38 pm

ursaminor wrote:
I do not know what the average mathematical skill is.
But I know many people do not enjoy mathematics.
Which I do not understand.
I joined a club (online) for people who enjoy mathematics and it gets spammed with posts that either directly or indirectly call us nerds or other kinds of odd persons.
I think they are odd.
Because mathematics is the most useful subject anyone could learn because it is used in so many different fields.

The people are either just really bored or are really bad at math and calling you nerds to make themselves feel better.
I find it boring and can't fathom how people could find it enjoyable.
But I'm sure those things I find enjoyable you'd find boring too.


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23 Apr 2010, 12:18 am

UrchinStar47 wrote:
Since I started treating it like a language, I love it!


I can barely perform even basic math, It might as well be a ancient Akkadian to me.

There are many scientific concepts that I am interested in, but I can't understand them sufficiently, because I know mathematics as much as I know how to speak Welsh. I know a few words/numbers/calculations, but not enough to use either.




And to the six people who selected "I hate math / It's boring":

You are EVIL.

EVIL.

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:



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23 Apr 2010, 1:28 am

PrisonerZero wrote:
And to the six people who selected "I hate math / It's boring":

You are EVIL. EVIL.


you're welcome 8)



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23 Apr 2010, 1:30 am

I'm good at it but I hate it.