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I'm a junior in HS right now and have been trying to improve my math skills after reading a bunch of stuff on jobs and how math and science skills are very important for getting a good job in our economy here in the U.S.A. I've been sort of "ok" my entire life at math. I've gotten mostly A's and B's, but was never that straight A math whiz. It's also been my experience that I've had to work for my math grades and they usually didn't come easy (except maybe arithmetic! :tongue:).

Anyhow, I'm wondering if higher math that you take in college will constantly build on all math taken in high school? I'm going to be taking Calculus my senior year here and I've found that literally every single year it takes me about two weeks to remember my math skills after taking the summer off. I'm not a person who can just solve a problem or even remember order of operations that well without practice. So it's like a constant practice issue for me. I'm wondering how you guys who are good at math do things? Is there just a lot of memorization that is required? Does math always end up building on previous math and become a cumulative skill set? Or do you ever take math where you start fresh again?

Sorry if my question is kind of general, but hopefully you guys understand me. Feel free to ask me to clarify things if you want me to. I just find that I lose my math skills when I don't use them and wondering how "good" students take on math and do so well.