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##### Myths about Maths

*access_time* Posted on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 8:05 AM

Learners and their parents
often wonder why children don't excel at maths. YouCanDoMaths looks at a few
misconceptions and gives you straight answers.

**Myth: **Those who do well in maths have a special ability.

**Fact: **Most learners who do well do not have a special ability. Like reading,
the majority of people are born with some ability to do maths. They do well
because they have the correct attitude and are prepared to work at it. If you
fail a test or exam it does not mean you are a failure. However, if you give up
trying, then you have failed. So remember, even if you think you do not have a
special ability to do maths, you can do maths! It is all about constant hard
work.

**Myth:** Extra
maths lessons are very expensive.

**Fact:** This
is often true, but there are affordable options on the internet which offer
very good help, like YouCanDoMaths. Our program allows learners to work
in a non-threatening environment and most importantly, at their own
pace. You must just use it regularly.

**Myth:** Maths
is not important for the career I want to do.

**Fact:** This
is often used as an excuse to give up maths. The truth is that many people
change their minds later in life and then discover that they actually do need
maths. By doing maths you are keeping the career options open . . . and it is a
huge effort and expensive to do maths after leaving school.

**Myth:** Boys
are better at maths than girls.

**Fact:** Research
has failed to show any difference between men and women in mathematical ability.
Men are reluctant to admit they have problems so they express difficulty with
maths by saying, 'I could do it if I tried.' Women are often too ready to admit
inadequacy and say, 'I just can't do maths.' So to the girls especially, you
can do maths!

**Myth:** The
teacher is too clever to teach us.

**Fact:** Einstein
once said that if you cannot explain something simply, you do not understand it
well enough. Teachers may appear to be clever because they can solve maths
problems quickly. This is normally because they have seen the problem before.
Don't allow a teacher to knock your confidence, you can do maths.

**Myth:** I
will get my child extra help just before the exams.

**Fact:** Education
is a process, not an event. This is particularly true with maths as it is a subject
which builds on previous knowledge and learners need time to absorb and
reinforce concepts. Doing a year's worth of work in one month is just not
practical. You can do maths, but don't leave it until the 11th hour to get
help.

**Myth:** Maths
is not a learning subject.

**Fact: **There is a lot of theory you need to know and methods you need to learn
and practice. World-famous golfer Gary Player once overheard someone saying
that he did so well because of luck. His response was: 'The more I practice the
luckier I get.' The same is true for maths, the harder you practice the better
you will do. And never forget, you can do maths.