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Problems In One Area-Mathematics

oldngrumpy Member Posts: 160 Pioneering
Hi Folks

I don't mind doing mathematics on paper, I will and quite able to do addition, division, and multiplication workings this way.
But I will check my answer by using a calculator. I add, just to check.
But when it comes to Subtraction I literally turn into a nervous wreck, hot sweaty, and I start to feel sick. 
When I was a child I received a massive brain injury. This has left me with some side effects, mainly memory and spastic right leg.
I struggle like he'll when it comes to subtraction. 
I did an adult mathematic course several years ago. I quit two thirds of the way through and jacked it in. 
The reason memory... 
Are there any folks reading this have similar phobias when it comes to doing + - x ÷
Also I know there are hundreds of apps for this but, can any folks recommend any "free" apps for mathematics. 
Thank you folks


  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,005

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    I think I used to have a bit of a fear of maths when I was at school @oldngrumpy, as it was never one of my stronger subjects. I probably still do now, but the need to do quick maths without assistance is less of a presence in my life these days!

    I don't have a personal recommendation on an app, but the National Numeracy Challenge may be a good place to start.
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,508 Disability Gamechanger
    I used to hate maths but I learned to like it more as I got older. I also learned to subtract faster when playing darts. 

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,381 Pioneering
    I'm not a fan of maths I use a calculator 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,055 Disability Gamechanger
    I must admit i'm reasonably good at basic maths but we have calculators all around around us today, on our phones and laptops, so I wouldn't worry too much about subtraction being a problem.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,989 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that always picks up the calculator. I was always quite good at maths but always check my answers on a calculator, even for simple equations, just in case I got them wrong!!! I always try to stuff in my head first just for a bit of brain exercise but will then check it.

    I'd recommend trying to work things out for yourself first, then using the calculator. After a few weeks of doing that I found the arithmetic got easier, just like physical exercise I guess. Although, I don't know how your injury would affect this.


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