You can teach an old dog new tricks. If you know me or have been reading for a bit now, you know that I was dreading this semester because I was at a point that I could no longer put off taking my required math courses. Just to have the basic core math class required for a college degree I have to take 2 intro classes as prerequisites because I test so badly when it comes to math. So instead of just needing to take 1 math class and saying done, I get to endure it for at least 3 semesters.
Back when I was pursuing my bachelors degree at NAU as a doe eyed, fresh out of high school, first time away from home on my own college student, math was my nemesis.
So much so that after having failed the intro to the intro math class (that my BAD SAT scores tested me into) a whopping 4 TIMES, I finally went to the counseling center and had a break down. They told me to go to a psychologist and get some learning disability testing done and THEN if the psych says I need extra help the college can provide me with some accommodations, which may even include removing the math requirement completely depending on my degree. (that last part, I found out later, had been a load of hooey just to calm me down) So I went for 6 weeks of sessions with a psychologist and ended up with several alphabet soup labels I could use to my advantage, one of which was the DSM code of 315.1 for Dyscalculia. Knowing that I was not just stupid but had a valid reason why I was having such a difficult time with math made me feel much better. I never realized all those years that I was literally transposing numbers but my brain was still seeing what I THOUGHT I had written. So I could be copying down a phone number of 480-382-0115 and written 408-382-0115 but be looking at the sheet of paper I wrote and SEEING 480-382-0115 or vice versa I would write something correctly and see it wrong(you all have NO clue how many times I just had to type that last sentence)–so one little transposition can totally screw up an entire math problem and if you get a math professor that grades on answers and answers alone (and does not look at overall concept knowledge-then you are pretty much screwed, will start hating yourself and drop out of college) Now there were many reasons that I ended up dropping out of college back then, so I don’t completely blame the math issues but since returning to school I have been putting off taking another math.
Fall 2011 was the semester in which I would truly be facing my demon…and taking my first full on passing grade dependent credit required math class since receiving this diagnosis back in 2001. (This diagnosis has also been a big reason I have avoided taking my real estate exam. but that is another blog post completely)
After taking my math placement exam in summer of 2010 I knew that I still have to take what I lovingly referred to as the intro to the into to the math class I need and work my way up from there. So I still need 3 math classes to finish my associates degree.
I am happy to say that I now need only 2 more
Not only did I completely rock that math class- I never got lower then an A on any exam and I got a 99% on my final - I walked out of class with an A. I got an A in a math class. The subject that I received my one and only F in high school in. I did it, and I will continue to do it for 2 more classes.
Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and support and love.