While I really like the philosophical side of math, it has always been difficult for me to do my math homework. I am a really active person, and I like things that I can do really fast and get done with. However, with math, especially as math problems have gotten harder as I have gotten older and progressed through school, I am finding that more and more often I need to sit and take a lot of time to do each and every step of each problem before getting to the solution.
It’s hard for me to do things for which I cannot skip quickly to the end. You could say I’m impatient, but this is just me. For example, if I need to get from point A to point B in a car, and Google Maps gives me a specific route with travel time, I will try using my own ingenuity to find a route that’s faster. That’s just how I am.
Why this doesn’t work with Math
With math, you may think that if you are a whiz at mathematical thinking you will be able to just quickly complete and solve math problems without having to labor over any of them, effectively putting the pedal to the metal and reaching the end of your math homework way ahead of the time it should supposedly take. However, in my experience I have found that this is simply not true.
Many math problems require a long series of steps to be completed, one after the other, in a specific order, and you cannot skip any of the steps, in order to find the correct solution. It is this specific quality that makes it hard for me to do my math homework. I really have a hard time sitting still and staying present with each step of the problem. My mind keeps thinking that there must be a faster way, and this ends up making me waste time, because the time I take thinking about finding a way that’s faster actually is more than it would take if I just concentrated and completed every step of the problem.
Why I plan to Find a Math Tutor
While I don’t want someone to do my math homework for me, I do however need the moral support of having someone there with me to help keep me centered when I’m doing my assignments. This is fundamental for me, to help me avoid trying to skip to some imagined solution when I really just need to complete the steps. Having someone sitting there with me while I work will allow me to keep centered, concentrated, and focused, and to remember that I need to just stay in the moment and complete the steps of the problem in front of me.
In reality, this practice will help me in life, because in life, there are often no quick solutions, or, if there are, they are not really the best ones. Often, in life, it is important to take the well-thought-out path, one we plan conscientiously, and also to do this in a way in which we give ourselves time to reflect and respond to each changing moment. This can help avoid a lot of problems, and, like the tortoise and the hare, will probably end up being faster in the end.
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