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I’m terrible at maths

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“I’ve thought about writing in for months, but I read a lot of the problems on Ask A Student Nurse and mine seems really silly compared to what a lot of students are going through.

“But recently I’ve begun to realise it could be a lot worse than I thought - I am really, really bad at maths. Even basic addition and subtraction causes my mind to go blank.

“It’s never been my strong point, and the more I have worried about it, the more I have second-guessed and gotten stuff wrong. It’s only a matter of time before I mess up something serious.

“I even started doing my times tables again with my housemate, but it doesn’t help when I am under pressure. Is this something I should be this concerned about, and how on earth do I fix it?”

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  • You’re not alone! Not many people like maths and are good at maths. The great news is, you know it’s your weakness so you can do something about it. Keep practicing, visit your personal development department, take extra maths tuition lessons at your uni. Revise in a way that helps you remember it :-) it took me however many years to work out that long division was simple! Haha. It’s all about the way you’re taught or how you learn. Have a look at YouTube videos too. They are great and try and stay positive about it all.

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  • Hi there. For basic maths at all levels, I really recommend the BBC bitesize website! Also, your uni library may run little courses around basic maths. However, I think it's important for you to remember that your use of maths as a nurse is quite limited to drugs calculations and that's about it (that I can think of anyway!!). Therefore, once you having a grip of the basics, if I were you I would concentrate your efforts on the practical stuff that you will need every day, by doing practice calculations (ask your lecturers for these!). And honestly you really really shouldn't feel embarrassed or ashamed to get help during your meds calculations on placement, even if it means you having to ask every single time until you're more confident. We all have our weak points!!

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