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    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.

    Hi. Please don't be so down on yourself. Maths is important but it's not life and death.
    Are you still a student? If so, you should be
    able to ask for testing to see if dyscalculia is the reason. You might be right that the main problem is that you believe you can never learn Maths. Result is that you avoid studying it or get so upset while studying it that you don't take it in. You need to improve your skills - only a bit - because you need some Maths in daily life and in your other studies. Main reason - to improve your confidence and self esteem.
    How? A volunteer tutor would be great. I'd do it if you were in Sheffield. Otherwise you need to try self study. Give yourself say six weeks to see if you can make some progress. Go back to the very beginning - arithmetic. Do short sessions. Look at BBC Bitesize. Look at what's on youtube. Good luck.
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