It is a truism that about 76% of students in the world today, hate mathematics.
This is because, mathematics is assumed to be the most difficult subject in education.
The repulsiveness of mathematics to some students, has gotten to the extent that they don’t attend Mathematics classes/lectures any more, because they feel it is needless.
As an educational writer and of course a Blogger, i have made assiduous research to pick point the causes of this, and fortunately; I have come up with 7 Reasons Why Many Students Hate Mathematics.
For the purpose of being explicit; I will list and discuss these reasons below;
It is very technical
One of the most prevalent reasons why many students hate Mathematics, is its technicality.
Unlike every other subject, Mathematics is very technical and can seldom be studied without ardent reasoning and logical representation.
Mathematics is often flooded with formulas and theories that must be painstakingly used to arrive at answers.
This to a large extent, is one the reasons why many students dislike mathematics, as it requires more than just studying.
It is very complex
Another reason why many student dislike mathematics, is its complexity. Apparently, real mathematics is very complex and convoluted.
It takes only students with high intellects to learn and understand its complexity.
Mathematics has never been simple. In some mathematical problems, you can barely arrive at the right answer without apply two or more mathematical theories or formulas.
Thus, students gets so debilitated, as they find is very difficult to do this mixture of formulas.
It is time consuming
Every student can attest of this. You can’t study mathematics at the same duration you study other course, and understand it perfectly.
To study Mathematics wholeheartedly, you must spend extra time on it, before you are able to understand. This is uncontestably as a result of it complexity and technicality.
This is also another key reason why may students hate mathematics, and keep running away from it.
It uses too many formulas
Another reason why many students dislike mathematics is its use of too many formulas. Not every student like answering questions with too much formulas.
And that is apparently inevitable in solving any mathematical problem.
At some point in mathematics, you must use a formula before you arrive at an answer.
This has however, made many students dislike the subject, as they have find out that the use of formulas in solving problems, is pertinent; if not totally compulsory.
It is sometimes frustrating
As a result of how difficult it is, to debug errors when solving Mathematical problems, it has also tend to be a frustrating exercise.
While speaking with a mathematics student some days ago, he told me that it took him about 4hours to find out the little mistake he made when answering his assignment question.
This is obviously what not every student can do. Thus, those who are unable to go through this frustrating exercise, tend to develop great aversion to mathematics.
It very is very dynamic
Another reason why many students dislike mathematics is its dynamism. Mathematical questions are never in one form;
unlike Government, Civic Education, CRS and other subjects. For instance, someone can ask the mathematical question “2+4+6-2=?“, And in anther occasion, this same question can be asked in another form Example, 6+4+2-2=?.
This often get students infuriated, as a great ability of reasoning correctly is paramount in solving any mathematical problem.
The above enumerated points, are the common reasons why many students hate mathematics in school.
I hope every mathematics teacher who have read this, will sought for ways that will help mitigate these problems in Mathematics, so as to foster understandable teaching in the classroom.
By: Edeh Chukwuemeke Samuel (Samstyleweb)