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Anxiety Attack: Conquering a Fear of Math


Math anxiety refers to feelings of tension and fear that interfere with solving mathematical problems in everyday life and school settings. Math anxiety involves physiological arousal (e.g., sweaty palms, racing heart), negative thoughts (e.g., I am just not a math person.), escape and/or avoidance behaviors (e.g., developing pains to get out of math class), and, when the individual cannot escape the situation, poor performance.

The negative impacts of math anxiety are enormous. Math-anxious students do not see the value of math for everyday life, they participate and learn less in math classes, receive lower grades in math, and take fewer math classes in high school and college.

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