One of the most important things you can learn isn't in any subject at school or college. It applies to everything from learning algebra to a new language or instrument. It's the radical idea, backed up by research, that you can build your ability to learn by changing how you think about learning.

Salman Khan
Creator of Khan Academy

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Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 02-07-2017

I can remember the moment I started to hate math. It was in Grade 4 and a student teacher was sitting with me, trying to explain fractions. I tried and tried but I just couldn't get it! There was worse to come.

In the middle of Grade 9, my Math teacher was walking up and down the rows of desks, checking our work. When he reached my desk — in the last seat of the middle row — he looked at my paper and began WAILING. Loudly. It looked like something tragic had just happened — a death. Still wailing, he marched to the front of the class and began banging his head — hard! — on the chalkboard in front of the whole class. I got 5 out of 35. You don't forget that kind of thing. I hated that man with all of my heart for a long, long time.

Yet, here I am, posting Math-learning strategies and ideas on the Internet! How did THAT happen? In short, I met a number of excellent teachers in university — years and years later — who used hands-on tools and memorable examples to fill-in the gaps for me. They broke big concepts down into the smaller steps that I had previously not understood. They found ways of making abstract concepts make sense.

I don't claim to be a Math whiz but I understand the subject far better now! Moreover, I think my long years of struggle in this area have enabled me to relate with kids who just don't get math. For I was one of them!