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Hey, I'm too scared of maths, to the extent that it makes me cry the moment I open my books for CAT. It also induced fear of LRDI; the moment I see graphs and numbers, I freak out. Is there any way I could become friends with maths?

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Former PhD student with an inclination towards math

Hi Shagun, Just don't be overwhelmed by the pictures or the vast number of problems. Start slowly and do as much as you can do every day; you would get over the fear and anxiety with time.
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(IITian) Physics Chemistry & Maths Tutor with B.Tech Degree from IIT Guwahati.

I will believe that you are afraid of maths after you do the following and then post this again: Go through 50 SOLVED examples and try to understand what the solution means. Read a good standard textbook for math for the doubts in concept. If you are in doubt about which book to refer to, google for... read more

I will believe that you are afraid of maths after you do the following and then post this again:

  1. Go through 50 SOLVED examples and try to understand what the solution means.
  2. Read a good standard textbook for math for the doubts in concept. If you are in doubt about which book to refer to, google for the relevant topic!
  3. If you still cant figure all of the 50 Solved Questions, Hire a good tutor for a few hours and ask him/her to explain the solutions you dont understand. It should cost way less compared to hiring a tutor for the entire subject/topic.

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Professional Quant & LRDI Trainer with a diverse experience of 15 years

The first and foremost thing you need to do is stop telling you that you are scared of Math. Every time you mention it to someone, you silently reinforce that thought in yourself, which does not help matters, does it? I mean, come to think of it, did it help you get better at Math? It did not.So, you... read more

The first and foremost thing you need to do is stop telling you that you are scared of Math. Every time you mention it to someone, you silently reinforce that thought in yourself, which does not help matters, does it? I mean, come to think of it, did it help you get better at Math? It did not.
So, you are better off saying, "Well, okay, I did not have a good relationship with Math during my school days, but this is my opportunity to turn it around". It's the way you look at it; you are looking at it as a problem; I'm looking at it as an opportunity for you to learn to do Math differently.
And that's the way it should be done. You are not learning Math to write your school exam; your objective here is to crack one of the toughest exams in the country. So, trying to apply the same old techniques that you learned in school is like bringing a knife to a gunfight! Period! You have to learn methods and techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness on tests like the CAT.
Of course, there is no taking away the fact that you have to know your concepts; they are the foundation. But the foundation is not the whole building itself, so you need to learn tricks, shortcuts and strategies to help utilise the foundation better.
You should also learn to take baby steps instead of trying to win the war in a day. Right now, in your brain, you are thinking too broadly - Math, LRDI - and, naturally, you are getting overwhelmed. Instead, why don't you look at improving your knowledge of Numbers, basic algebraic identities - consume the content in bite-sized chunks.
And remember, it's not about a complete 180-degree turnaround from being scared of Math to becoming its close friend. It's about finding that middle path and saying, "Hey, I know a lot about you, but I'd want to find out more".
I hope that helps! All the best with your prep.

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Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and Data Analysis More than 12 years of experience

Please follow the below steps: Correct your perception that math is some rocket science. It is the subject used by all the living beings on the planet, knowingly or unknowingly. Find a good trainer who can train you on the subject, not just teach you. Start from the basics. Practice, practice, prati... read more

Please follow the below steps:

  1. Correct your perception that math is some rocket science. It is the subject used by all the living beings on the planet, knowingly or unknowingly.
  2. Find a good trainer who can train you on the subject, not just teach you.
  3. Start from the basics.
  4. Practice, practice, pratice.
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Hello, Follow the Mathematics experts on YouTube. Take as many inputs, insights, good practices from them, and be confident. Plan and work accordingly. You will be an expert.
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Hi, Shagun, Math is a complex subject. Kids perceive it from school days. As we grow older, exams like cat become cumbersome. Graphs are simple enough once you practice them. Maths is all about practise after understanding. Stop fear work hard. Maths is nothing then.
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Teacher/tutor of English, 3DS Max, Sketchup, Vray and of competitive exams .

Try to learn to solve each type of questions differently. Dont try to solve all of the different types at once. Each type of question has a different method to solve them. Some even have short cut methods to solve them, but you can only find those methods when you solve only one type of problem at one... read more

Try to learn to solve each type of questions differently. Dont try to solve all of the different types at once. Each type of question has a different method to solve them. Some even have short cut methods to solve them, but you can only find those methods when you solve only one type of problem at one time and try to excel in them.

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Maths & Aptitude teacher and Career advisor.

The only way is you should start with basics and, if possible, get guidance from any good mentor.
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Maths is completely logical; never try to mug up formulae or concepts. In fact, CAT is such an exam that you don't even have to learn any formula; you can easily derive them there themselves. About graphs, once you understand it properly, you'll be surprised to know how easy the problem becomes through... read more

Maths is completely logical; never try to mug up formulae or concepts. In fact, CAT is such an exam that you don't even have to learn any formula; you can easily derive them there themselves. About graphs, once you understand it properly, you'll be surprised to know how easy the problem becomes through the graphical approach.

All the best!

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Verbal and Mathematics Expert with 12+ years of experience

YES! YES! YES! Learning Maths is an art, and it requires skilled teachers who can make any student fall in love with mathematics. With the correct approach, covering small chunks of the syllabus bit by bit and practising religiously has helped my students get the top 10%ile in the past 10 years.
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