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I don't understand this! - September 9th 2010, 02:15 AM

Ugh... First thing my math teacher said to us on the very first day of school this year, "I'm going to challenge you guys a lot this year." Okay, that is all fine and dandy but, I don't understand what he is now teaching us! I learned how to do it(sorry, I can't remember the name) two, almost three years ago in sixth grade, and I haven't even thought of it since. But now he has given us a worksheet with two-hundred equations, and we had to get half of it done tonight. I got it done, it took me about an hour and a half, and that was with my older brother helping me figure it all out. I was put into the excelled group in math because I am good at math, I always have been, I've always had some of the highest scores. I can catch on quick, and I normally do. But he isn't answering my questions in a way that I can understand! When I don't understand something, I'll raise my hand in class, or I'll go and ask him to explain it to me after class. But how he explains it, well it doesn't help me understand. I have an older brother who is a tutor and a high school teacher, so I know that he'll help me with whatever I can't understand in math. I don't feel ready for his class, but there isn't an opening in any of the other math teachers classes. I know that I will still pass, but I'm going to just be passing his class.

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Re: I don't understand this! - September 9th 2010, 12:10 PM

Hey, I read both your topics and I'm just going to say that you are obviously a highly intelligent person. If you're being treated the way you are and being pushed like you are at 13 you really are going to go places.

I suppose the principal thing I have to say, firstly, is that the easy thing for you to do now is to just blame the teacher. You don't seem to be doing that in this thread, but do steer clear of that. If you don't understand it, blame yourself, because a lot of young people fall into the lazy habit of blaming the teacher when they don't understand something.

You don't seem to need to move if you've got an older brother who's good at maths. I'll also add the youtube has tutorial videos on almost any academic things so use that resource.

However, this class sounds brilliant and I suggest you stay in it. At least the teacher is really trying to get the most out of you. Its only September and I promise you he'll ease up in a couple of weeks. Just ride the rollercoaster and let someone else complain. I promise, again, that you are not the only one feeling that way. I would nearly even guess that he's just testing who has the mental stamina and the devotion to carry on in his class....so just stick it out.

I hope you understand and agree with me.
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Re: I don't understand this! - September 9th 2010, 12:44 PM

That's the problem with maths, everyone has a different way to do something, and teaching styles can be utterly hopeless =/
What I'd perhaps suggest is looking for another maths teacher to try and help and see if they can explain it in a way you understand.
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