“Math – one either gets it or doesn’t.”
“Screw math! It’s not like I would ever need to use any of these ‘mumbo-jumbo’ again after graduation.”
What’s with the above? They’re lies. Or, self-denial statements made by a literature student. =]
There has always been this weird mentality that literature students are bad at math and the vice versa. Math versus literature? Things do not always have to stay this way. In fact, this eonni/noona will tell you exactly how I’ve passed with flying colours.
Take this simple question as an example: 1+2*(3+4)-5*6+7(8-9)
Steps to take in order to solve this:
1) Imagine this is just a story with a well-defined world and set of characters. Heck, even JK Rowling defines her Harry Potter world with rules and limits. If you’re able to read through her stories and understand it, then you should be good enough to understand math (even the land of imaginary numbers).
2) Give the story a name to make it special. This particular one is called The Love and Feud of Operations.
3) Now, let’s go through the adventure of each number. 1, here, is the leader type of guy and is quite aggressive in pursuing the amicable 2. However, 2, being a good friend, wants to finish her phone conversation with regards to the party that her friends (3 + 4) has attended recently first before speaking to 1. 3 & 4 told 2 that the party was bad because grumpy 7 had shown up. Apparently, grumpy 7 didn’t like the fact that his bubbly sister, 8, was in an abusive relationship with the second generation rich gentleman, 9. Yes, 7 was totally there to crush the party. Meanwhile, 8 & 9 were badmouthing 1 (thus negative 1), calling the lad an arrogant a**hole. Through all this mess, 5 & 6 were just hanging out as best buds as usual and talked about where would they be when they turn 30 years old.
4) See the story to the end and you will find the ending is negative 22. Doesn’t matter if you get the ending or not, because you would have to move on to the next story anyways before your math teacher calls on you to read all the stories out loud.
Seriously, this was how I passed math. Of course, I had to rush the stories in practice.
Oh yes, literature students with either a musical or an astrological knowledge background might not need the above bs to pass math since these literature students would already have a good aptitude for the subject. Of course, one might consider this method for inspiration purposes. Heh.