Maths myths that could be holding you back

Are you someone who doesn’t ‘do’ maths? These four maths myths might have been holding you back – but they don’t have to any longer! From splitting the bill to working out the final price of an item on sale, maths is incredibly useful in our day-to-day lives and doing it right can save you money. So, let’s debunk those myths and give maths another go.

Myth 1: Studying maths as an adult is like going back to school

If you have negative feelings about your schooldays and especially about school maths, you’re not alone. But studying maths – or anything else for that matter – as an adult doesn’t need to be like going back to school. You can learn however you like: with others in a group or online in the comfort of your own home. Find the way that suits you!

Myth 2: Men are better than women at maths

No matter what some people might believe, there is no scientific evidence that men are better than women at maths. Some people are better than others at maths and some people find it easier, regardless of their gender – keep practising and it will become easier for you.

Myth 3: You don’t need maths if you have a calculator

It’s difficult to know which numbers to put into your calculator if you don’t have even a basic grasp of the maths behind the problem. And how do you know the answer the calculator gives you is right or even in the right ballpark? Understanding the maths is important.

Myth 4: There’s only one right way to work out an answer

2+2=4 but 3+1 equals the same - even simple maths can be solved in more than one way. Numeracy is all about finding the way that makes most sense for you and the situation, so don’t be afraid to try different approaches.

So, now we’ve debunked those myths, don’t let them hold you back in giving maths a go. Remember, the more you do, the easier it will get!

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