Modern Australian Magazine

Maths – when it’s time to break free of your misbeliefs

  • Written by News Company


Growing up we often form false beliefs on what we can or cannot do; what we are good at and what we feel like we will never be good at. But we weren’t born with these predispositions and they took shape in us somewhere in our formative years. What if what we believe to be true, isn’t actually true at all? What if we think we can’t sing, yet it is because we have told ourselves we can’t sing, and our family has said that we’re not a musical family? What if, we convinced ourselves that we can sing, and we committed to the vision of good singing, would we be able to improve our singing ability such that to the common listener, it would be a pleasant sound to hear our voice? The same applies to every aspect of our life and a common area heard in the school space and even in the job world is, ‘I’m not good at maths’. But is this true, or have we or those around us, incorrectly made us believe it?

Committing to the goal

If you want to change your skill level in something, it starts with commitment. Decide on what you want to achieve first. Make your goal clear and tangible so much so that you are able to visualise it. If it is maths, then imagine how it would feel writing a maths paper and knowing you have the skill to rock the exam and fetch good results. That is the feeling that will keep you motivated and working towards the goal. Then sit down and figure out how you’re going to achieve this. It may require identifying a few people that you can chat with that can help you get an idea of what is out there that can help you achieve your goal. For example, it could be using a maths tutor Sydney. Find someone who you connect with on a personal level.

Be accountable to someone

When you have set yourself a difficult, yet also an important goal that you are determined to attain, you will need support along the journey because it is difficult doing it on your own. When people see you are committed to working hard, they will find it easy and enjoyable giving you much needed support. Support can come in different ways. It could be the support of a tutor, whom you build a relationship and to whom you are accountable for meeting with once a week. Knowing that they are expecting you to have done your homework will help drive you to do it because naturally we don’t like letting others down. Support could also be emotional support. When you are struggling and the road is feeling rocky and you’re tempted to give up, call on that person who has your back and wants to see you achieve. They will remind you of why you’re doing this and encourage you to keep going. Their energy will help renew your energy.

Your own perspective

Tell yourself that you are good at maths. Or, if you prefer, tell yourself that you have the potential to be good at maths. Positive reinforcement is a huge thing and if you back yourself you might just be surprised how far you will go. Don’t make a fool of yourself by telling everyone, just work on your own self-belief. It is a private thing that will manifest publicly before you know it. You can do it!

Australia Today

Chinese students top the PISA rankings, but some Shanghai parents are turning away from the school system

Hannah Soong, Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education Practice, School of Education, University of South Australia

China is fast becoming a middle-class nation.Ewan Yap/UnsplashAustralian 15 year olds were around three and a half years behind their counterparts in China in maths, according to the OECD’s latest results for education systems around the world.The four cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Jiang...

Michelle Grattan on Angus Taylor, medevac and cuts to the public service

Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Angus Taylor addresses the house during Question Time. AAP/Lukas CochMichelle Grattan talks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini about the week in politics, including: Angus Taylor’s spat with writer Naomi Wolf, the repeal of medevac passing through th...

China's failed gene-edited baby experiment proves we're not ready for human embryo modification

Dimitri Perrin, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

The team used CRISPR on human embryos in a bid to render them resistant to HIV infection. But instead, they generated different mutations, about which we know nothing.SHUTTERSTOCKMore than a year ago, the world was shocked by Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui’s attempt to use CRISPR technology t...

Remember the arts? Departments and budgets disappear as politics backs culture into a dead end

Julian Meyrick, Professor of Creative Arts, Flinders University

The federal decision to eliminate a department of arts came as a surprise to public servants. Jade Ferguson/Opera QueenslandThe decision to merge the Department of Communications and the Arts with Transport, Infrastructure and Regional development (dropping the “Arts” entirely) ends a ye...

how do we know if a dinosaur skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur?

Caitlin Syme, PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology, The University of Queensland

This T. rex is very big, but was it a grown-up?ShutterstockWhen you find dinosaur skeletons, how can you tell how old the dinosaur was? Like, if the skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur? – Henry, aged 8.Hi Henry, that’s a good but tricky question.There are a couple of w...

Holidays & Travel

5 Digital Free Holidays: Take a trek and get back to nature

Our current digital age has connected us to each other and the vast opportunities around the world like no other time in history. And yet, sometimes we need to get...

Places to visit on your first trip to North America

This vast continent, home to one of the biggest countries in the world, is certainly not an easy thing to explore. Its diverse array of cultures and peoples, cities full...

Must-Visit US Destinations for Australians

Australia is a sought-after travel destination for tourists from around the world for its incredible cities, beautiful landscapes, history, culture, and beyond. Tourists flock to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold...

5 Reasons For Visiting the Netherlands in Spring

The Netherlands is a stunning part of Europe and according to Markus De Jong, travel expert at adviesjagers.nl Australians love to visit the Netherlands as part of their travels around...

Winter fun in Colorado

Colorado is one of the most visited states in the United States due to the numerous beautiful places evenly distributed in every part of the State. There are lots of...

Essential Personal Hygiene Tips for Traveling

Staying healthy and maintaining good personal hygiene are two of the most important aspects of traveling, but it might not always be easy to achieve. As crucial it is to...

Top 3 Affordable Activities To Do In Los Angeles

When we hear about Los Angeles, we immediately thought of Hollywood. It is because it is the country’s film and television industry. It is where most studios are situated. Located in...

Best Paradise Islands You Should Visit in Australia

Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, thanks to its thousands-strong assembly of beautiful paradise islands. Each of the continent’s islands has its own wonderful...

Most Popular Mexican Destinations for Australian Visitors

While this may come as a surprise to many, Australians are one of the three nationalities that spend the most money during their trips to Mexico. According to Sofia De...

Fashion & Beauty

5 Ways to Style Your Winter Wardrobe Essentials Into Versatile Outfits

Winter is undoubtedly one of the most fashionable seasons. Trendy, yet cozy outfits are a trademark of the colder months, and it seems that there is no limit set on...

Top Fashion Secrets To Look Stylish No Matter The Occasion  

Women have always preferred to dress up in the latest styles and keep up with the trends over the years. Even if they are balancing their career and family, they...

5 Italian Designers That Every Australian Should Have in Their Closet

Fashion is an integral part of our lives and Italy is probably one of the most stylish countries on earth, home to big-name brands such as Versace, Valentino, Moschino, Prada...

Top 5 Designer Sunglasses That Celebrities Are Wearing

Celebrities live such a public life that sometimes they need to be able to move around without being easily recognized. And what helps them is a little disguise using sunglasses...

Guys, Are You Making These 5 Critical Skincare Mistakes?

According to a survey carried out by Mintel, half of all UK men use facial skincare products as part of their daily routine. Once a taboo, an increasing amount of...

How to Dress for Work: Chic 9-5 Style

Do you want to look professional and put-together yet stay true to your personal style? Is it even possible to make your work outfits look chic and interesting and not...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

6 Essential Features You Should Consider Before Buying a Ski WatchNew or Used Car: How to Select The Best For Your FamilyChoosing a home builder in SydneyWhy regular visits to the eye doctor are important6 Budget Tips for a Student Studying Abroad in Australia5 Ways to Style Your Winter Wardrobe Essentials Into Versatile Outfits5 Brisbane Summer Classes Your Teens Can AttendSummer Gardening Tips4 Tips to Prepare for a Home Meditation RetreatWhy You Should Hit the Gym This SpringSaving History One VHS Tape At A Time4 Vaccines Your Teens Should Be GettingStrength Training Tips To Make Your Workout EffectiveTop Fashion Secrets To Look Stylish No Matter The Occasion  How to save money on major home repairs