Throughout my entire school career up until the present, I have had many different experiences with mathematics. From Kindergarten until fourth grade, I remained fairly neural about math. It was not too difficult, but not so easy that it was boring. Math was just the same as English or history; it was just a class that I had to take. In fifth grade, I moved to a new school and was told that I could skip an entire grade of math. I was put into a math class that was much too difficult for me, which resulted in lower grades and a decreased understanding in math altogether. This is when I really started to dislike math, because I was not understanding any of the concepts. I went in for tutoring frequently and improved quite a bit, but from that point on I have struggled at least a little with every math class. In middle school, I was still ahead with math, but the problems resulted from my teachers. All o...
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...y summer class instructor and family members have always encouraged me to improve my math skills so that I will be more successful overall, even in everyday situations. The satisfaction I feel after working very hard to complete a math problem is something that is much greater than what it feels like to receive a 100% on a history test or an English essay. Although I have improved many of my skills, such as multiplication and factoring, I still have many more to develop. As long as my teacher uses a variety of teaching methods and allows me to work on the problems by myself for a while, I will feel confident about my ability in math. Even the most difficult topics in ALEKS can be overcome with tables, graphs, and charts. I will work hard for the remainder of this class and in the future, because I want to be able to use my math skills in useful, real-life situations.
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