Some students with unpleasant math memories think that they are bad math students. It is important to recognize, however, that bad experiences do not make you a bad student. Sometimes a math problem starts with a teacher, another student, the book, or even other events in your life which have very little to do with math.

Once a student starts having difficulty in mathematics, those problems frequently tend to snowball. The original problem might occur at any level of instruction: Fractions, algebra, geometry, or even calculus. We find, however, that once problems occur at one level, students tend to lose confidence in their ability to do mathematics at any higher level. We call this loss of confidence mathematics anxiety.

The problem of math anxiety affects many people, and there are things which you can do to help yourself should you have it. We have two video tapes in the library which you can watch if you want learn more about math anxiety and what you can do about it if you have it. Just ask at the main desk for one of the video tapes named below:
   "MATH Is A 4-Letter Word!", or
   "Math Anxiety - We Beat It, So Can You!"