Life Lessons Learned
By Shuntaria Wood | March 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment
There have been many classes I have enjoyed at Campbell University, but my math courses have been my favorite. Initially, I came into Campbell as a biology major, but soon after my first year as a science major, I realized my niche was mathematics. As I’ve progressed in my major, my math courses have become more challenging, but thankfully my math professors are always willing to help. Besides learning “The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus,” integration, and how to solve for “x” and/or “y,” I’ve learned life lessons through my math courses. These are lessons I can apply to every aspect my life. Math has truly taught me the importance of effective self-evaluation and persistence.
Math, just like any other subject, is complex and demands the constant retaining of prior knowledge. Due to this factor, a strong previous foundation is needed to succeed in the subject. A strong math basis can be impacted by the effectiveness of the teacher, but it depends more on a student’s mindset. As my math courses are becoming more strenuous and demanding, I’ve discovered studying strategies that work best for me. Each time I study, I evaluate myself on the subject by finding other resources through the Internet and taking practice tests or playing education games to help with my retention rate. As I evaluate my understanding of subjects in math, I bring attention to each area that I may be having trouble in by writing bullets points on a notecard of what to focus on the next time I study. These strategies have worked wonders for me. To be successful in anything in life, you first have to find out what works best for you.
Unfortunately, all math problems can’t be answered through three to five simple steps, nor can they all be answered with the TI-85 calculator. When math courses become more difficult, the problems require more paper and an ability to perfect each step. A simple mistake in a strenuous math problem could affect the entire answer! In a majority of the tougher math classes, the problems require continuous efficiency, despite the difficulty and persistence. Prioritizing and managing every responsibility that comes with being a college student has not been easy over the past three years, but by staying in faith and avoiding distractions, I’ve been able to push through and make the best of my college experience. Remaining persistent will not always be easy and straightforward, just as in math, so it’s best to keep an open mind for any possibilities. My math courses have taught me many things while I’ve been at Campbell, and I look forward to the future lessons I will learn!