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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello all,

A brief history is that as a child (I'm only 26 now) I had performed poorly at Mathematics and it wrecked my confidence. I had no interest in long division, basic algebra etc and focused elsewhere because I never viewed it as a means to an end. Suffice to say I suffered a bit of Math anxiety.

I decided to overcome it about six weeks ago and have been learning at quite a steady pace (as I am returning to education to pursue a degree in Software Engineering early next year, which will require a good level of Mathematical knowledge I am sure - though luckily the first half of year one is an intro to Mathematics!).

My first question is, though I am still very much a beginner, sometimes when I am shown a rule (i.e Prime Factorisation) I can understand how to do it, how to interpret the results...but...I can't always get my head around

Will this stop me from ever becoming proficient at Mathematics? That would be a shame as I very much enjoy it! I am not asking if I'll ever be a top Physics researcher or mathematician because I know that will be beyond me, but will I be able to progress to a relatively high level, at least far enough to be a good software engineer and perhaps appreciate some scientific equations...I look forward to any encouragement or advice :)

Sorry for the long post but this stuff has been bothering me for a while!

A brief history is that as a child (I'm only 26 now) I had performed poorly at Mathematics and it wrecked my confidence. I had no interest in long division, basic algebra etc and focused elsewhere because I never viewed it as a means to an end. Suffice to say I suffered a bit of Math anxiety.

I decided to overcome it about six weeks ago and have been learning at quite a steady pace (as I am returning to education to pursue a degree in Software Engineering early next year, which will require a good level of Mathematical knowledge I am sure - though luckily the first half of year one is an intro to Mathematics!).

My first question is, though I am still very much a beginner, sometimes when I am shown a rule (i.e Prime Factorisation) I can understand how to do it, how to interpret the results...but...I can't always get my head around

*why*it works. I struggle to visualize the way the sum is working. For some things I can, for some I can't. Maybe with time it will come but, it seems like there are a number of facts in Mathematics that just work (i.e A squared + b squared = c squared) - it works, I don't have a complete grasp on why it works, but I know it does...Will this stop me from ever becoming proficient at Mathematics? That would be a shame as I very much enjoy it! I am not asking if I'll ever be a top Physics researcher or mathematician because I know that will be beyond me, but will I be able to progress to a relatively high level, at least far enough to be a good software engineer and perhaps appreciate some scientific equations...I look forward to any encouragement or advice :)

Sorry for the long post but this stuff has been bothering me for a while!

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