Take a math course to overcome math fear?
October 1, 2012 1:50 PM Subscribe
Math is sexy! But I am afraid of math. What class should I take to overcome my fear and get cozy with numbers?
posted by epanalepsis to Education (28 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
At an early age I decided math and science were scary and thus avoided them for the rest of my life, focusing instead on "soft" subjects like history and literature. Nobody ever suggested I should do otherwise. (Yes, I am female.)
But as an adult, I've realized I think STEM subjects are interesting, and math is important. Now I have a desire to prove to myself, as a matter of personal development, that math is NOT scary (or confirm that it is, but through actual experience rather than prejudice). I have the opportunity to take an undergraduate-level math course--should I? And what should it be? Calculus, physics, or...?