Tuesday, April 8, 2014

7 Steps to Overcoming Arithmophobia (by Thato Makhutle)

"Arithmophobia is simply defined as the fear of Mathematics."

Here below are the Seven Steps to Overcoming Arithmophobia as shared by Thato Makhutle (Mathematician, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur & Inventor)

STEP 1:
Start by solving six (6) simple math problems that you understand a day, everyday.

STEP 2:
Every time you approach a problem, repeat the following words: "This is simple"

STEP 3:
BE WILLING TO LEARN! Practice what you have learned the same day. Repeat the sequence.

STEP 4:
Challenge yourself by increasing the 6 day rule, have someone that will teach you one on one.

STEP 5:
Develop your own way of solving problems, everyone has their own unique way.

STEP 6:
Practice everyday. Try using mathematical models to everyday life as much as possible.

STEP 7:
Define the activities of the world through mathematics. TEACH OTHERS!

Que: Is it true that some people are naturally/genetically born to be a Mathematics genius?

ANS: Yes it is true to an extent. However, one is teachable depending on their willingness to learn

Que: Do you think we have enough motivated teachers in schools, especially Africa?

ANS: We have thought leaders, we need to motivate our future leaders from a very young age, teach them how simple it is.

Final Advice:
Lastly, learn to love math. It's really simple!!

Follow the discussion by searching for the hashtag #MathsClinic

[This is a summary of a twitter chat hosted on April 8th, 2014 (11am - 12noon) by @gent2smile & @brainyeducare1 (Lagos, Nigeria) with special guest @ThatoMakhutle (Johannesburg, South Africa)]

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