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Horrible at Arithmetic, is there hope?

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Horrible at Arithmetic, is there hope?

Post Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:38 am
Ok so some background. I've been out of college for about 6-7 years. I have a BS in Accounting and my CPA certification, but even with all of that I don't really do basic arithmetic in my head these days. My life has become a crazy mix of theory based projections and debits and credits. That being said, I find basic math very challenging because, unless it's an applied problem my brain, doesn't think that way. This all being said am I just crazy? am I looking at this wrong? Has anyone else had this issue?

I'm only on day 5 of the 60 day study guide from GMAT Prep Now and I really like it but I'm getting frustrated that I seem to struggle so much with basic concepts.

Thanks in advance Smile

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Post Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:33 pm
Another quick point: if you've got a good memory and an eye for details (and as a CPA, I'd assume that you do), you'll find that a lot of arithmetic is just memorization. One of the great calculators in the world, Shakuntala Devi, was actually faster than most contemporary computers but she credited her success to lots and lots of practice, memorization, and pattern recognition. (She also wrote a few good books on the basics, the Joy of Numbers and the Book of Numbers, if you're interested.)

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Post Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:25 pm
You can totally improve! Day 5 is a little early to declare the patient DOA. Smile

I've found that *most* of my students these days are better at the conceptual side of math than the computational side, and the conceptual side is much more important for this test. I think you'll find that the numbers start to fit together the more you practice everything else in math, so don't sweat it, just keep pressing on. Try not to do too many mindless arithmetic drill though: let the arithmetic come together unconsciously in the process of working on more conceptual problems.

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