Congratulations on your decision to understand a subject that isn’t easy. When I was in my first years of college I found the professors were talking way over my head. In tutors I found people who weren’t as intimidating as a professor, spoke in plain English and were far more accessible.
Your education in the various branches of mathematics and the sciences can be a wonderful experience. You will learn some rules and get some results but the most important thing you will learn is the technique to find the answer.
We develop an understanding of a problem. What is it we’re looking for? What are some techniques that could give us the answer? Then we solve the problem. Using the techniques we just learned we solve another similar problem. You will find that the more problems you solve, the better you will get in a math or science course.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. From every mistake take the lesson from it and the next time a similar problem comes up you won’t make it again.
I was a math major at Victorville Community college. I tutored there for 2 semesters in physics. From there I went on to Cal Poly Pomona as an Aerospace Engineering major. Often I found that the root of a problem of understanding a mathematical or physics concept lay in having nothing in the students prior life experience to relate the concept to. I have an ability to cut through the confusion and clutter and explain by analogy concepts that at first appear both daunting and challenging.
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