What Is Math Anxiety?
One definition of math anxiety
is “the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganization that
arises among some people when they are required to solve a mathematical
problem”. (Source: Tobias and Weissbrod (1980)). Math anxiety is a
serious and pervasive problem, especially in the communitycollege setting.
Students may experience math anxiety in many forms and degrees, from
“freezing up” during a math exam, to attempting to avoid anything having to
do with numbers. Symptoms may be physical or psychological and may include
(but not be limited to) any of the following:
Physical:
Nausea, shortnessofbreath, sweating, heart palpitations, increased
blood pressure.
Psychological:
Memory loss,
paralysis of thought, loss of selfconfidence, negative selftalk, math
avoidance, isolation (thinking you are the only one who feels this way).
Do You
Have Math Anxiety?
To see if it is
possible that you might have math anxiety, visit the link below:
Math Anxiety Video
funny and corny, yet informative!
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Candace Blazek 
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March 03, 2011

