A Learning Skills Foundation Sister Organisation

 

The Maths Anxiety Trust works to eliminate anxiety about Maths

 

Students interviewed by Maths Anxiety Trust

 

What is Maths Anxiety?

 

Maths Anxiety affects males and females of all ages and backgrounds without discrimination.

 

Maths anxiety is defined by Tobias and Weissbrod (1980) as the panic, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganisation which arises among some people when they are required to solve a mathematical problem and it is thought to affect a large proportion of the population.

 

Although it has been recognised in higher academic circles for over half a century and although it affects a significant proportion of the population, it is little known either by the wider general public or the teaching profession.

 

Shirley Conran OBE

"I believe that parents need to know why 1 in 4 school leavers CANNOT DO BASIC MATHS, according to their own exam results.

 

Because on the day you leave school you need maths for the rest of your life, if you dont want to be poor.

 

Whatever you plan to do even if its having a baby you will need to use Everyday maths EVERY DAY.

 

No factory manager would get away with a 1 in 4 failure rate, whether they were making sports cars or jam jars.

 

Who is responsible for this? We need to know exactly who is responsible for improving this dreadful statistic and exactly what is being done about it."

MATHS ANXIETY QUIZ by Dr Steve Chinn

 

The twenty items below are about maths and your feelings when you have to do each one of these things.

 

I would like you to consider to each item and then decide how anxious that situation makes you feel.

 

1 = never anxious

2 = sometimes anxious

3 = often anxious

4 = always anxious

Score each item from 1-4

 

  • Working out the tip for the waiter in a restaurant

  • Working out the prices of things when you are abroad

  • Checking the cost of your shopping

  • Working out 20% off in a sale

  • Checking your change when shopping

  • Working out the cost of a holiday

  • Adding the four prices..£5.99 + £10.99 + £19.99 + £3.95 on a mail order form

  • Reading a train timetable

  • Working out your weekly budget

  • Checking which mobile phone deal is the best value

  • Converting your weight in stones to kilograms

  • Having to recall a maths fact quickly (such as 6 x 9)

  • Understanding the odds for a bet on the Grand National

  • Writing a cheque

  • Checking the VAT amount on a builders bill

  • Working out your pay rise when you are told it will be 3.25%

  • Checking your credit card bill

  • Working out how much weed killer you need to use in a 5 litre sprayer

  • Remembering your maths lessons at school

 

Total your score. What do you have?

 

To compare your score:

 

Three hundred adults, aged from 20 to 69, from around England filled in the questionnaire.

The scores were not significantly different for either age or sex.

The average score was 34.

 

If you scored 60 or more then you would be in the top 3.3% for anxiety

 

The top 8 items for creating anxiety were:

 

Changing stones to kilograms

Understanding the odds for a bet on the Grand National

Remembering your maths lessons at school

Working out your pay rise when you are told it will be 3.25%

Working out the prices of things when you are abroad

Checking the VAT amount on a Builders bill

Checking which mobile phone deal is the best value

Working out how much weed killer you need to use in a 5 litre sprayer

 

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