HUGE EXHALE… I better do that now, before the next enormous wave overtakes me. I just submitted my final paper for this quarter. Was it just me, or did it seem like I wrote about 5000 pages this time, and finals took about three weeks? Good grief, I’m glad that’s over. I think I managed to pull out of the mid-quarter nose-dive I was in too, and am hoping for decent grades based on the work I completed.

Now… next quarter is going to be brutal. But I have to start psyching myself up for it now- I’m not worried about a single thing- except for math. I have to take and pass college Algebra. I know I can do it. I know I can. I can. I can. I can.

See what I’m doing there? So cheer me on, if you can, and help me conquer this beast that has been hovering over my shoulder for nearly 20 years. I’m changing my mantra this quarter- I freaking LOVE math. Logic is awesome! I love parabolas and letters mixed with my numbers! Math is all kinds of logical awesomeness! And I can do this for 12 weeks. I can do anything for 12 weeks. Right? Right. Damn right. Hoooah.


16 thoughts on “I LOVE MATH!

  1. I expect you will find it much more do-able than it might have seemed 20 years ago. You may have to wake up some dormant brain corners, but they’ll wake, and you’ll do just fine.

  2. At least I’m being honest when I say I love math. 😉

    I’m sure you’ll do fine – and if you are struggling, e-mail me. I’ll give you my phone number, and you can call for help. I’ve forgotten all of the Calculus and Trigonometry I studied in school, but Algebra I remember.

  3. Twelve weeks is nothing. It takes at least three times as long to grow a baby, and you’ve done that three times. You can definitely do this. Cake walk.

  4. I stopped doing math at 15, then needed to write a GRE exam 8 years later. I studied like mad for the math part (I didn’t know what an integer was going in – apparently just a number) and then aced it, and got accepted into an Ivy League school. You will do even better!!! Go Tracy Go! -Encouragement from a lurker

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  6. My daughter Sarah (the one of Monmouth fame) is also a whiz at math. If you have questions, you need only ask and you will have your explanations!

    Tracy, you can do this!

  7. I was going to recommend Khan Academy, but it looks like a few others already have. Totally worth it. It’s amazing. My husband helped coach a 23 year-old who had no idea what a fraction was or how decimal points work through basic Algebra. Half way through they discovered Khan Academy. With that added resource, he aced the GED and this young man was just accepted to college.

  8. Hi Tracy, I’m a BCC lurker. I am also a Ph.D. student in math education, and I am happy to offer my help if you get stuck with things – feel free to shoot me an email!

    Also, thirding or fourthing the recommendations for Khan Academy – I could go on my soapbox and tell you why it’s so awesome, but basically it’s awesome. 🙂


  9. Tracy, I’m also in school. I’ve always thought of myself as “not a math person”. This year I went back to school and am currently taking college algebra. I was very worried about the class. I’ve been shocked to discover that I actually sort of like it.

    As a high school student I was used to having everything come incredibly easily to me, especially anything that involved writing. The fact that I had to work to understand math meant, in my adolescent brain, that it was Way Too Hard. I never bothered to really put effort into math, and as a result I never “unlocked the mystery.” The thing is – there really is no mystery. It is understandable and logical, when you put in the time for study. There is no great confusing secret, you just follow steps and practice, practice, practice. It has been exciting, as an adult, to realize that I can handle math. (I say this now, but ask me again in a few semesters when I’m in calculus and we’ll see if I’m still singing this tune ;>)

    I will say that sometimes I would go to class and leave thoroughly confused, because of the teacher (half the students in my class dropped out) – but if I went home and studied using various online resources, it would always end up becoming clear. I definitely second the recommendation for Khan Academy. Purple Math is also a great resource. If you take a class that uses a textbook that offers the CourseCompass supplement, definitely get that. It’s an online resource for your textbook and it has been invaluable – lots of practice problems, lots of examples, tutorials, etc. Good luck. YOU CAN DO IT.

  10. You’ll have this one in the bag. In the 20 year since your last round with math, you’ve gained the maturity and the discipline to ACE IT.

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