Discuss the subjects in which you have had difficulty. What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In what areas have you experienced the greatest improvement? What problem areas remain?
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As my senior year starts to come to a close, I look back at my twelve years in school with disdain toward one subject- math. I have been fortunate to have excelled in mostly everything in my life. However, there are certain subjects that have not come as easy. Math related subjects such as Algebra and AP Calculus were subjects that I would go as far as saying that I truly struggled in.
When I was younger, math seemed like the most pointless subject in the world. Memorizing functions and equations were so exhausting and I never seemed to remember them on the day of the test. I often found myself asking the same question; when am I ever going to use this in life? I truly didn't find math the least bit enjoyable, so I tended to not try. I struggled through my classes, my lack of enthusiasm lead to many frustrating nights studying for numerous tests and exams. My lack of enthusiasm and my general hatred towards math related subjects truly attributed to my struggles.
My struggles in math continued until my freshman year when I took geometry. Mr. Freeman, my geometry teacher had a true enthusiasm and love for math. His enthusiasm was infectious and rubbed off on my classmates and I. He reminded us that math was universal, no matter what you do or what you want to be in life math skills can always be applied in some way. Mr. Freeman knew most of his students on a personal level and knew I wanted to be an investment banker. One day he asked me a very important question. He asked me; "how are you going to be an investment banker if you don't like math?". This question changed my perspective on math forever, I never thought too deeply about the advanced math skills it takes to be an investment banker. From that day on I knew I had to change if i wanted to achieve my goal.
To improve my math skills, I had to think of creative ways to do so. I wanted to do well in my classes, no matter how hard I struggled education has always been a priority to me. To fix my problems I came up with new methods of studying; I utilized online resources such as Khan Academy, and former students notebooks to help me further understand the material. I also meet with friends and fellow classmates in my class and discussed the topics that we went over in class. Coming together with my fellow classmates allowed me to learn different methods to solve problems that I've had difficulty with. I also started taking better, more-detailed notes, which made studying the information for test and exams much easier.
I find trying to improve my mathematics skills a bit difficult, but I never give up trying. I usually have to ask my teachers for extra help when it comes to understanding new concepts and material. I find myself being the kid that always ask a question every two seconds, but at the end of the day it helps me grasp a better understanding of the work. I have to stay after for help sometimes, and at times I have asked for extra worksheets to practice. I know that this is an area that I will have to try harder than most people to succeed in. Although I have difficulties in mathematics, I do not use them as an excuse for poor performance. I aim higher and work harder in this area to make up for my impediment.