In This Chapter
Beefing up your math skills in everyday settings
Practicing math without the pressure
You may think you can't master math, but the prospects are good that you can. The keys to doing so are knowing the principles and practicing them. This chapter has 10 easy tips for getting better at math.
If you have trouble doing simple math (such as adding, subtracting, and multiplying), you may have a little anxiety. If you avoid math problems and mathematicians, you may even have a little fear of math (math phobia). See Chapter 2 for more on math phobia.
Remember: We authors aren't doctors, nor do we play them on TV, so you should seek medical help if you have a serious learning problem. But for ordinary math stress, the cure is right here. Take two of these tips and call us in the morning. Take all ten and see whether you don't do better at math. If your improvement persists for more than 30 years, please call us to let us know!
Balancing a checkbook improves your addition and subtraction skills. At one time or another, everyone has trouble balancing a checkbook. If you get stuck, get someone to help you (as long as you don't care whether they know about your finances) or try these techniques:
Keep your check register complete and up to date. Always bring down the balance. Subtract checks and add deposits.
When your statement arrives, check off the cleared items on the statement and in the register. Draw ...