Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: Curious (long)
Posted by justfoundout on October 11 2010 03:09 AM
Welcome fellow dyscalculic! I couldn't resist saying that. LOL. Yes, you do sound a lot like me. Sometimes I'd get algebra problems right only because I have a good sense of proportion. If I can 'draw a picture' of the problem, I have a good chance of getting the answer right, even though I can't work it by any algebraic formula.
I failed Elementary Algebra three times, never passing it, so for you to have made it into College Algebra does show that your math skills are superior to mine. I was rather good at Geometry. I like 'shapes', and I'm interested in negative and positive space in paintings, their proportion and their balance, etc., so I put my heart into Geometry. I believe that we have something else in common. In my Paralegal courses, I had a couple of teachers who would demand an answer to a question while asking it forcefully 'in your face'. I can't think
under those circumstances. It's a shock to my system. And, I can't answer the question when the teacher speaks to me this way, even if I would otherwise know the answer,... because my IQ drops when I'm in 'fight or flight' mode. Just trying to ascertain the person's intent uses up so much of my brain that there's nothing left over with which to 'answer the question'. I don't like for people to speak to me harshly. I think that most people don't like it, but I don't like it 'more' than most people.
It would be great if you could get tested. You'd get accommodations to help you get your degree. These accommodations can help even in classes that don't involve math. Nice to meet you. - jus'
Edited by justfoundout on October 11 2010 03:14 AM