In order to build a strong understanding of any subject there are three things that are needed
a) a reason to learn
b) a willingness to try
c) a good teacher
These 3 things are clearly related. A good teacher helps provide a reason to learn, and willingness to try help makes a good student. In my experience of teaching from kindergarten to professional levels, the best teachers light a trail for the student to walk. I can do that, light a trail in chemistry and mathematics. I understand what these subjects are about, and can share my knowledge and enthusiasm for these subjects. I can't force or coerce a willingness to try. I can provide a reason to learn. Fundamentally that is because chemistry and math are some pretty fun things to play with. Make it fun, and the learning follows. That being said, these subjects are not everybody's cup of tea. I can and will make the tea sweeter, drinking the tea - that depends on the student.
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