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Caramon

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Hello,

I've generally never been a good math student my entire life and up until Grade 11 I was in Applied Math (rather than Pure, which is a step up in Alberta). In Grade 11 I switched into Pure Math 20 and studied extremely hard to end up with an 85%. I'm currently in Grade 12 and taking Pure Math 30 (95% after 4 units) at the same time as Advanced Placement Math 31 (Calculus) and I have 100% in Calculus after finishing 3 units (Limits & Continuity, Derivatives, etc.) I'm also a very logical and analytical thinker and it must seem like because I'm listing my marks here I really care about that... but, I am far more interested in the processes and mechanism behind everything and have a strong interest in Astronomy/Physics as well. I have 94% in Physics right now and I educate myself and study independently from what is being taught at school also! I also attend a hard High School (I normally spend 4 to 5 hours a night studying to obtain these grades) and the Alberta Government has regulated diploma exams at the end of each course worth 50% of the final grade so there is no mark inflation here.

Despite my seemingly good grades I still feel like I am not very good at Math and don't understand ANYTHING, I have absolutely no trouble understanding new and higher level concepts such as Calculus Theory but still spend a long time simplifying after I've done everything I need to do in 30 seconds to take the second derivative implicitly.

Do you have any ideas on what I could do the strengthen my basic math skills (seeing places to simplify or remove a "(27cosx)^2" in the middle of a page long question to find the answer?). I'm planning on going to UBC Okanagan next year in Kelowna, British Columbia to take 2 years of general engineering after which I intend to attend Arizona State University and take either "Planetary Science/Astrophysics" or "Astronautical Engineering" depending on if I like the more science or engineering side of things after taking 2 years of low-cost Canadian education (before I get owned by non-resident tuition).

tl;dr... I'm worried about advanced math in University and am unsure if I have a solid enough basis for going into Engineering/Science and being able to obtain good enough grades to eventually get into Grad School. Any ideas on how I can improve my math skills or do you think I might be fine?

Thanks!

I've generally never been a good math student my entire life and up until Grade 11 I was in Applied Math (rather than Pure, which is a step up in Alberta). In Grade 11 I switched into Pure Math 20 and studied extremely hard to end up with an 85%. I'm currently in Grade 12 and taking Pure Math 30 (95% after 4 units) at the same time as Advanced Placement Math 31 (Calculus) and I have 100% in Calculus after finishing 3 units (Limits & Continuity, Derivatives, etc.) I'm also a very logical and analytical thinker and it must seem like because I'm listing my marks here I really care about that... but, I am far more interested in the processes and mechanism behind everything and have a strong interest in Astronomy/Physics as well. I have 94% in Physics right now and I educate myself and study independently from what is being taught at school also! I also attend a hard High School (I normally spend 4 to 5 hours a night studying to obtain these grades) and the Alberta Government has regulated diploma exams at the end of each course worth 50% of the final grade so there is no mark inflation here.

Despite my seemingly good grades I still feel like I am not very good at Math and don't understand ANYTHING, I have absolutely no trouble understanding new and higher level concepts such as Calculus Theory but still spend a long time simplifying after I've done everything I need to do in 30 seconds to take the second derivative implicitly.

Do you have any ideas on what I could do the strengthen my basic math skills (seeing places to simplify or remove a "(27cosx)^2" in the middle of a page long question to find the answer?). I'm planning on going to UBC Okanagan next year in Kelowna, British Columbia to take 2 years of general engineering after which I intend to attend Arizona State University and take either "Planetary Science/Astrophysics" or "Astronautical Engineering" depending on if I like the more science or engineering side of things after taking 2 years of low-cost Canadian education (before I get owned by non-resident tuition).

tl;dr... I'm worried about advanced math in University and am unsure if I have a solid enough basis for going into Engineering/Science and being able to obtain good enough grades to eventually get into Grad School. Any ideas on how I can improve my math skills or do you think I might be fine?

Thanks!

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