Many people unfortunately (and illogically) assume that doing maths is for those who are already ‘good’ at maths, and that if you aren’t, you should avoid it like the plague. We’ve all heard people say, “But I’m terrible at maths”, and shut right down. Then there’s “I don’t get it” — the default response to a new or difficult concept.
But that’s the wrong way to look at maths. Don’t get something right away? Keep trying. The very act of doing maths makes you better — not just at maths, but at thinking. How? Doing maths trains the brain, just like using your muscles makes them stronger.
When you do maths, the brain is learning to see connections — and building important neural pathways. Those connections and pathways then help you critically analyse and solve other problems, including those that have nothing to do with maths. Even if you’re not planning on pursuing maths jobs, the skills you will take away from studying maths will be useful in any career.