I didn't know what forum to put this in, because I no longer study maths??
For as long as I can remember, I have had no interest in numbers and physically have not been able to understand them. I can't read 24 hour clocks, I can't count change correctly (which is an issue in my part time job), I don't know my multiplication tables, I can't add or subtract mentally, let along multiply or divide. I just scraped a C at GCSE maths and was so grateful I never had to look at it again.
For a long time, I thought it was just who I was and how I learned, I am much better at subjects like art, English, or humanities. I thought it was just the 'kind of brain' I have. I thought maybe I have dyscalculia. However, I remember a teacher telling me "you're just not good at maths" at a young age and after studying the self-fulfilling prophecy in the Education topic in A-level sociology, I wondered if I have *made* myself bad at maths, by just mentally shutting off as soon as it comes to numbers. I can't even help my 10 year old sister with her MyMaths.
Am I actually bad at maths or was being told "you're not good" when I was about 9 negatively impactful? I know this is a bit of an odd question, but if I do have something like dyscalculia should I have been entitled to extra time in my GCSE maths (and science?) exams? I failed physics and was in floods of tears in both maths papers because I just couldn't do it.
Why can't I understand maths?
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