When French mathematician Laurent Schwartz

was in high school, he started to worry that he wasn’t

smart enough to solve math problems. Maybe you know a similar feeling. You sit down to take a math test, and you feel your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat. You get butterflies in your stomach,

and you can’t concentrate. This phenomenon is called math anxiety, and if it happens to you,

you’re not alone. Researchers think about 20%

of the population suffers from it. Some psychologists even consider it

a diagnosable condition. But having mathematical anxiety doesn’t

necessarily mean you’re bad at math – not even close. Laurent Schwartz went on to win

the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics. People might think that they’re anxious

about math because they’re bad at it, but it’s often the other way around. They’re doing poorly in math

because they’re anxious about it. Some psychologists think that’s because math anxiety decreases

a cognitive resource called working memory. That’s the short-term memory system that helps you organize the information

you need to complete a task. Worrying about being able to solve

math problems, or not doing well on a test, eats up working memory, leaving less of it available to tackle

the math itself. People can suddenly struggle

with even basic math skills, like arithmetic,

that they’ve otherwise mastered. Academic anxiety certainly

isn’t limited to math, but it does seem to happen much

more frequently, and cause more harm

in that subject. So why would that be? Researchers aren’t yet sure, but some studies suggest that the way children are exposed

to math by their parents and teachers play a large part. If parents talk about math like

something challenging and unfamiliar, children can internalize that. Teachers with math anxiety are also

likely to spread it to their students. Pressure to solve problems quickly

dials up stress even more. And in some cultures, being good

at math is a sign of being smart in general. When the stakes are that high, it’s not surprising

that students are anxious. Even Maryam Mirzakhani,

an influential mathematician who was the first woman to win

the Fields Medal, felt unconfident and lost interest

in mathematics because her math teacher in middle school

didn’t think she was talented. So if you experience mathematical anxiety, what can you do? Relaxation techniques,

like short breathing exercises, have improved test performance

in students with math anxiety. Writing down your worries can also help. This strategy may give you a chance

to reevaluate a stressful experience, freeing up working memory. And if you have the chance, physical activity, like a brisk walk,

deepens breathing and helps relieve muscle tension, preventing anxiety from building. You can also use your knowledge

about the brain to change your mindset. The brain is flexible, and the areas involved in math skills

can always grow and develop. This is a psychological principle

called the growth mindset. Thinking of yourself as someone

who can grow and improve can actually help you grow and improve. If you’re a teacher

or parent of young children, try being playful with math

and focusing on the creative aspects. That can build the numerical skills that help students approach math

with confidence later on. Importantly, you should give children

the time and space to work through their answers. And if you’re an administrator, make sure your teachers

have the positive attitudes and mathematical confidence necessary to inspire confidence

in all of their students. Also, don’t let anyone spread the myth that boys are innately

better than girls at math. That is completely false. If you experience math anxiety, it may not help to just know

that math anxiety exists. Or perhaps it’s reassuring to put

a name to the problem. Regardless, if you take a look

around yourself, the odds are good that you’ll see someone

experiencing the same thing as you. Just remember that the anxiety is not

a reflection of your ability, but it is something you can conquer

with time and awareness.

I get anxious at writing, social studies, language arts and history

Na, I love math. I only get anxious when I don’t understand what I’m learning because I feel I need to be the best at it.

I started the second year of high school.

Thought I was bad at math, then vacations hit me.

I'm actually good at it, it is just that they don't give us enough time for everything before the exam.

My maths teachers get annoyed when you don't answer all the questions for homework. Today I stared at my homework for ages, panicking. Im super scared of teachers shouting and detentions and what not

my favorite subject is math

Math in college is alot harder than I thought and im having math anxiety!!

So maybe I am a MATH GENIUS :V

This video made me anxious

Because my brain gets stressed and heavy that I can't think anymore cuz theres so much in my mind ;-;

Does anyone else here have to write down the multiplication process to find out the product?

math just doesn't make sense to me

School makes you fear math because in most cases if you fail math you are screwed.

bro i'm just really bad at maths

I get anxiety counting money to pay for a bag of crisps…Yeah, that's sad.

I loved art so much i drew anything everyday and my notebooks filled with my draws. My mom put me into sempoa and kumon since early age like 5 years old until 13 years old. When i was young i cried everyday bcs i have to do exercixse more than what’s capable for the average of my age. But the result is real. Now i pretty love math. But the other sad result is my imagination is now limited and i dont practice art anymore since i always practice to be more logical and theoretical. Its really sad for me that now i lost my interest and capability to draw 🙁

I have math anxiety

But I'm also bad at it

Don't try to stop me

Maryam Mirzakhani , proud of you, even though you're not among us anymore .

I gat anxious when something is timed

mmmmmmm yeah, no. im still bad at math

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This subject bothers me. I always wanted to be a math teacher, but because lack of choice in what kind of math you want I ended up with a math too hard and too much work requiring. Now it's one of my worst subjects and it's also one of my least favorite. My best subject is chemistry, but there's actually quite a bit of math in there which I do seem to understand and I'm way more interested in it.

I'm Good at, Math.

84÷6=14.

Meditate, Do the Math. This will, Get rid of your Math Anxiety.(I Promise) 😉

the children don't understand the school system and thats okay the reason we fail math is that the explanation is poor or the person is undisciplined

As a chemical engineer, inventor, and quantum physicist, I can tell you that the emphasis on mathematics in the sciences does more harm than good

I hate the fact that I’m good at math yet I have so much anxiety about it. Also I have an 89% which triples my stress lol

Basicly, school ruins everything

Is this is the reason behind my bad performance in maths exams but when i solve the same paper in my home i feel thats to easy for me

I get anxious because my teacher thinks I should know it -_- and when my friends finish first im like omgomgomgomg because I don't know how to do it and i then get my dad to teach me it

The amount of times ive forgotten what 7×8 is lmao

omg my name is maryam too , is that a good sign ?

I think it maybe depends on how a teachers teaching style clicks with the students learning style. This is definitely a huge problem for me, as soon as I walk into the classroom I panic internally.

My math teacher in 9th grade used to give us 10 item quiz about algebra and of course it involved long solutions and she'd give us about ten minutes to complete the task. I was really slow at math and that is why I would always fail.

Cuz it gives diabetes…

All anxiety in maths is caused by teachers who know nothing about the subject.

A simple equation scared me

Thanks love, i needed this video. I have my gre in 11 days and yes i am an engineer and great at maths. Always been my favorite subject but now bcz of time limit in gre, it's definitely giving me some anxiety time to time. Which would be conquered with a little more practice after I'd be able to solve the problems in time. Btw really thankful to have found it, it all makes sense.

because when you got the wrong answer in a), you will also got it wrong in b), c) and d)

I was about to cry in my math class the other day bc i don't freaking know how to solve the problem the prof that has given to us . and when she said it should be pass to her i got really nervous and irritated at myself . also thr fact that i am an IT student stresses me more and increases my math anxiety .

I’m actually really good at it so I can’t relate but this is a real thing because my friend is like this.

MEMES HELP ME WITH MATHS ANXIETYTeacher :

You should remember all the tables, squares, square roots etc etc

Me :

I HAVE THAT FUCKIN CALCULATOR TO DO ITLmao i always get nervous when the answer is not just right or wrong cuz you have to actually know stuff.

I was terrible at maths and chemistry (due to the equations/algebraic) at school

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Help, I don't know if I have "Math Anxiety" and I would like to know if I do, but everytime I see at numbers and operations my mind simply keeps dodging it and I start unconsciously moving my fingers around like I was counting from one to ten constantly. My teacher is great, she does anything to help me understand, but every time I listen to her speak and everytime I turn down to look at the paper with numbers, it's like as if the numbers just ran around the paper and I had to catch them. It's so hard to focus, to the point I constantly try to think about math but my mind just forbids the subject. It's hard, and I don't know what to do.

Math almost get me to suicidal thoughs…

I'm here for the comments. You better have me some good jokes down there! 👇

thank you i do maths a levels and i needed to hear this x

Math is so interesting if taught right. Personally, I believe it is one of those fun subjects that you can teach to students without putting pressure on them. Anyways, every student is different, sometimes a good challenge can help a student improve but sometimes it hust degrades their self confidence. I agree, teachers should be more careful in the amount of pressure they are putting on young minds especialy for a subject like math.

I used to hate math and I used to prefer burning the whole world istead of studying math..now ..somehow..math is runnig in my veins ..math is not difficult ..math = practise ….but you know school and its programs are the main problem..

It’s not a myth lady.

watching this video got me anxious 😢

Im getting anxious now all of a sudden by just watching this vid

I got anxiety because there is no quote in the beginning of the video😢

Creative-Affective method schools are the one true way

My math teachers never knew that by embarrassing me for not knowing something, they were making it worse for me to focus and take in what they were saying. So i’d get more embarrassed then by the 5th time it’s explained to me it was like all my brain knew how to do was process humiliation.

This explains my condition so much!

I came here because I thought I had this, but I think it isn’t really the same thing. When someone starts talking to me about maths, it’s like my brain disconnects and I really CAN’T see what they’re talking about. Like they say words but I don’t hear them, it’s like I’m underwater. I try so hard to understand what they say but they have to talk slowly and let a few seconds between their sentences to let my brain process it. Idk I guess I just need a LOT of time to visualize it? But usually in class or when talking about it people just go so fast and I can’t keep up and sometimes I even start to cry because they’re asking me to do things my brain doesn’t understand.

I noticed it’s the same thing as when I listen to a foreign language; for example I’m learning korean and it’s exactly the same. When I listen to people talking in korean I have to focus really hard to understand words and their meaning. It’s the same thing when people talk in "mathematic language". That’s the best analogy I could find.

I have a big math test tomorrow, and i am really scared. help me 🙁

Maths was my favorite subject.

Until I met Calculus.

no. the fault is created by taking every new moment too fast.

Math is my favorite subject okay so I don’t need to worry

This video gave me more anxiety about math

I'm the second smartest student in class and I'm so bad at math , and I always cried because I cannot do anything to help my math but sometimes i got a good grade in math sometimes not…

When my teacher calling us one by one i my heart beat fast because in my mind if I answer the question /problem I think that my classmate should laugh at me😪so when my teacher written a problem I not look at him.

Liked that they brought up teachers because they are the reason I have math anxiety today when I never did before 🙁

You had me untill you dropped the "men are better at stem than women is a myth" myth

I dont get stresed that often and yea i have goten stressed but barly

Fortunately, i've found so much great and warm math teachers. Like, you know, we can almost discuss about the subject i don't understand yet and the teacher would gladly teach me–while he also telling me some nice jokes ahahah 😂😂

Math teacher: (walk in class) which happen to be detention teacher.. write a difficult math questions on board…

Math teacher: who want to answer the questions?

Me: have panic attack started to look at the ground

Math teacher: (point at me)

Me:(insert sad songs)

Many years ago I borrowed a hundred bucks from Benny The Mule. I've been paying him back twenty bucks a week since then and I still owe him $450. So in college, I decided to face my fear of math head-on going into Accounting 101. Yeah, RIGHT. Fifteen minutes into the first lesson I was sweatin' heavier than Al Sharpton at a 'Klan rally. So I forged right ahead anyway and wound up earning myself a "B" in the course after all was said and done.

Ty for making me feel better about my 6 over 25 quiz

I'm fine with factorization,HCF, LCM,geometry,EUCLID'S DIVISION,etc but as soon as the chapter gets involved with a, b, x, y, z … As soon as those alphabets start getting inside of a chapter in no time I find myself just sitting in the classroom with 49 other students staring at the whiteboard… Understanding nothing…. I hope I can pass my finals or I'm commiting suicide ….

The problem with advanced Math is that its really unnecessary for the average person. Math is a tool, not a measure of intelligence. If you want to launch a rocket, calculus will help you. If you want to build a house, arithmetic is more than enough.

I see others as math doers.

I can't get any answer right. That's pretty much the reason I have maths anxiety….

I just cant do math I've been doing revision so much and it's still difficult for me I have an exam tomorrow and I'm honestly not expecting to pass

Oh, easy. Cuz it's hard for most people

I hate math ohmygosh

MATH= Mental Abuse To Human lol

Its allways a far behind at maths. Why other subjects im good but not maths?

Its how fast they require test takers to finish tests. Its all about speed. I'm not positive schools are interested in actually teaching math. Its all about how fast you can do it. Nothing else matters. Can't do math quickly, get anxious, do worse, get upset, frustrated, can't think, its a spiral.

I feel like this everytime i do a test

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My favorite video

Math teacher👹ask a question

When we cannot answer 🤬

It's like Do Or die💀

I cried watching this lmao aaah its the sense of being rushed that gets to me

Im anxious about math because..

My parents Will Punish me Because I'm not smart at math

THEY FRIKEN FORCED ME

And they got angry while teaching me..

i just Cant…focus,BECAUSE THEY ARE MAD WHILE TEACHING ME3 words for my parents and math if you see this

stop teaching math.Imagine being called terrible at maths by a middle school teacher only to win the highest award in it lmaoo

If only maths did not have alphabets…………….

My year 10 maths teacher made me really hate maths

i get anxious even hearing the word "math" 😩

I can actually do math when im budgeting my allowance. But in class i can't even do simple math.😅

For me, I love certain areas in math (functions, calculus, some geometry), yet I get anxious about those areas, and constantly self-deprecate myself and my “lack of” ability. To counter this during an exam, I’ve tried humming songs I love in my head, I like some nice 70s soft rock so I’ll be humming like America or Player or something, and that makes me feel like I’m at home, solving problems in a familiar, stress free environment. I also try get a lot of sleep before a math exam and I don’t study for it much the night before, honestly I don’t study much at all but I try to understand the concept of how and why a formula works rather than simply memorising it and following my teacher blindly. I recommend trying out a question yourself before the teacher solves it, and sometimes try deviating from using the formula, make your own method that works consistently as it’ll increase your understanding. But yea, math is fun, but if it’s not, try changing your perspective and shift your mindset off of marks and try to enjoy the logic behind why things work.

Okay I dont think I have Aniexty It started this year before I was so happy but now im terrible at math

Math is easy when you follow the steps

I try to listen to the teacher but she just doesn’t explain it in a way I can understand I can do addition and subtraction but multiplication,division,decimals,fractions are very hard for me my dad works with math all the time (surveyor) and sometimes he will come in my school room (I’m homeschooled) and if I’m doing math I would have to switch to a different subject so he wouldn’t start with the “YOu shoUld kNow thIs stUFF” “itS noT thAt hArd” and then we he explains it it becomes even harder to understand I used one of those math dvds things where it has all these lessons and it made math fun and I loved it it also explained how to do the problem in a step by step way I think if I can get those dvds. back it will help me improve a lot

Does anyone just cry cause your frustrated with math hw