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031 – How to master math when you’ve always struggled

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It’s not a secret that United States schoolchildren have consistently shown low math ranking in the world. Since 2009, US children have ranked below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) standard and been outperformed by children in most industrialized countries. In fact, a report from the U.S. Department of Education in its most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that only 26 percent of 12th graders in the US were proficient in math.

These figures suggest an alarming problem about our youth’s mathematical proficiency that demands immediate attention.

Today, our guest for our Career Expert Talk—Neal Battaglia—will share with us how to master math and how to dissect complex mathematical concepts along with other tips that will surely be helpful to most students struggling with math.

After several years of working in a physics laboratory, Neal is currently teaching a junior college physics course. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Santa Clara University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics from Naval Post Graduate School (NPS).

Let’s join Felicia Gopaul, founder and president of the College Funding Resource, as they talk about some interesting tips on how to master and love math, especially for those who are struggling with it.

In this edition of our CET series, you will learn:

  • Has he always been good with math?
  • What would he usually say to people who claim to be bad at math
  • Tips on selecting a good math tutor
  • Why practice and constant encouragement are so important in loving math
  • Why committing mistakes is part of learning and mastering math?
  • Some of the most effective study methods that he can recommend in solving complex math problems

To learn more about of his concept, watch his video on “How to figure out gravity on Mars”.  Outside of his professional world, Neal also enjoys other things, including music and playing the saxophone. To know more about him, you may visit his website at http://SaxophoneTribe.com.

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