Many high-achieving students experience math anxiety at a young age — a problem that can follow them throughout their lives. Academic frameworks, action research, surveys and other studies carried out by academics, have shown that students’ lack of interest and their dropping out of school are key problems. The psychological factors and their effects on academic situations are the growing concern of educational researchers attributed with a notable lack of scientific inquiry on some important factors. A review of the related literature reveals numerous studies addressing the psychological factors in general; while few studies are found to target the special psychological factors in educational situations. Many learners have already experienced mathematics anxiety in school consequently. Reported consequences of being anxious toward mathematics include the avoidance of mathematics and the decline in mathematics achievement. This kind of ‘anxiety’ was first detected in the late 1950s. (Dreger and Aiken 1957); noticed undergraduate college students reacting emotionally to arithmetic and mathematics. Although the reaction appeared to be similar to test anxiety in general, they found that mathematics anxiety is a potential factor. They have labeled it ‘number anxiety’, which is often assumed to be a high level of anxiety that can lessen performance. A moderate amount of anxiety may actually facilitate performance. Beyond a certain degree, however, anxiety hinders performance particularly in the case of higher mental activities and conceptual process. Psychological literature provides a number of theories of mathematics anxiety. (Suinn 1988); has defined mathematics anxiety in terms of its (crippling) effect on mathematical performance. It’s been observed that the feeling of tension and anxiety interfere with manipulation and the solving of mathematical problems in a wide variety of ordinary life and academic situations. It also involves feelings of tension and anxiety...

...MathAnxiety
Mathematics is probably one of the most important skills a student will learn. However, many will argue on practical significance of calculus in everyday life. There are people who get fearful at just the thought of taking that required math class. They worry about having to figure out problems and remembering order of operations. Not only just in the classroom but outside, problems such as having to figure out everyone’s part in a bill from lunch or dividing up partial payments for a lay-a-way is a result of mathanxiety. If you answer yes to some these questions, you may be a candidate for mathanxiety. Do you believe that you simply do not have a math mind? Do you avoid activities or other classes that may involve mathematics? If any one or more of these situations describes you, you may be suffering from MathAnxiety.
What is MathAnxiety?
Mathanxiety is an intense emotional feeling of anxiety that people have about their ability to understand and do mathematical equations. People who suffer from mathanxiety feel that they are incapable of doing activities and classes that involve math. Some people go beyond anxiety and even have a fear of math. This is what is known as...

...What is MathAnxiety?
June 5, 2012
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What is mathanxiety? Mathanxiety is an intense frustration, and the fear of failing, freezing up, or forgetting what to do in the area of mathematics. Mathanxiety is a lack of confidence in one’s self to do well in math and the notion of being judged, or made fun of for not doing well. Mathanxiety is an emotional reaction to mathematics based on a past and unpleasant experience which has damaged a student’s self-esteem and thus, harms future opportunities to better their math skills. Because sufferers have such an overwhelming fear of failing or being judged, they will avoid performing mathematical calculations at all costs. Therefore, a problem arises; to do better, we must practice. But, if we’re too afraid of failing to practice, we do not get any better.
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There are many different descriptions of what mathematics anxiety truly is, and each victim may have his or her own interpretation of how mathanxiety makes them feel. Tobias and Weissbrod (1980) describe mathematics anxiety as, “the pains, helplessness, paralysis, and mental disorganization that arises among some people when they are required to solve...

...might work for me to overcome mathanxiety. First, one should always ask questions. (http://www.mathpower.com/reduce.htm). I feel that asking questions will give me a better understanding of the problem I’m trying to solve. Also it will let the instructor know that I’m paying attention and he may show me a different way of solving the problem. Secondly, I will study math according to my learning style. (http://www.mathpower.com/brain.htm). I have found that I learn by visual and processing information in varied order. I will use this technique by watching my instructor as he is teaching the course in the order or process of solving the problem. My third and final strategy is to get help. (http://www.mathpower.com/reduce.htm) I will use the resources that are available to me i.e. Learning Resource Center or a math tutor. By using these resources I will be able to have one on one attention and will succeed at math. I will develop the responsibilities for my own successes and failures. (.(http://www.mathpower.com/reduce.htm)
From the quiz, I learned that I am somewhat a math anxious person. The results explained that the thought of doing math makes me very uneasy http://www.mathpower.com/reduce.htm). There were many surprises because I understand math but I worry that it’s going to get really difficult soon. Also, I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with the...

...How to Combat Low Self Esteem and Anxiety
“Wikipedia” defines self esteem as a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own self worth. Self esteem is crucial and is a cornerstone of a positive attitude towards living. It is very important because it affects how you think, act and even how you relate to other people. It also affects your potential to be successful. Low self esteem means poor confidence and also causes negative thoughts. In addition, it has a direct bearing on your happiness and wellbeing and has been directly linked to the onset of generalized anxiety disorders. “Wikipedia” defines anxiety as psychological and physiological states characterized by unpleasant feelings typically associated with uneasiness, fear or worry. If you are suffering from low self esteem or anxiety you should follow these three steps on a daily basis: take a multivitamin, make sure you are getting proper nutrition, and exercise. I guarantee you will begin feeling better in two weeks, if after two weeks you don’t feel a difference or your anxiety worsens please contact you doctor. You may need to be prescribed non-homeopathic medications.
Anxiety stress relief vitamins and minerals work in different ways by providing nutrients which control the metabolism rate and the hormone levels within our bodies. By keeping these two things stable we can provide a better mechanism to cope with...

...The Relationship Among Working Memory, MathAnxiety, and Performance
Mark H. Ashcraft and Elizabeth P. Kirk
Cleveland State University
OBJECTIVE:
The general focus of this research is to examine performance in standard cognitive frameworks and online tasks. The researchers hope to examine the influence that mathanxiety exerts on mathematical cognition and to identify the processing components that are so influenced.
HYPOTHESIS:
The higher the mathanxiety, the lower the working memory capacity, the higher the probability to get a low performance.
VARIABLES:
IV – mathanxiety
DV –working memory capacity, performance
The independent variable mathanxiety is manipulated into three levels: high, medium, low. The level of anxiety is determined through the use of sMARS (short mathanxiety rating scale) is a 25-item version of the most widely used measure of this construct, 98 item MARS. The sMARS assesses an individual’s level of apprehension and anxiety about math on a 1-5 Likert scale, asking for participants’ responses about how anxious they would be made by various settings and experiences.
The dependent variables ----- working memory capacity and performance. Salthouse and Bobcock’s listening span (L-span) and computation span (C-span) tasks assessed...

...Discuss the Relationship between Stress, Anxiety, Habits and Phobias and Describe How You Would Treat these Issues with Hypnotherapy In this essay I shall seek to define stress, anxiety, habits and phobias. I shall explore their individual attributes and symptoms and how they may be related. I will also explain methods of treatment for such neurotic conditions, as I have seen fit and the ethical issues that I believe would need to be considered. Stress andanxiety are often coined together, almost into one phrase; where there is one, you will find the other. However there is a distinction between the two and as a therapist it is crucial that one is aware of this. Stress is a response to an external stimulant, resulting in feelings of frustration, anger and/or indeed, anxiety. Stress is in fact a biological reaction to outside pressures. These pressures can vary from work, family, or social changes, to simple changes in one’s environment, to major life changes. All these situations stimulate the age old “fight or flight” response, thereby pumping the body with adrenaline and heightening the senses in preparation to respond. Of course this is not such a negative reaction, indeed in evolutionary terms it would have been this very reaction that has allowed the human race to continue to exist and flourish, however, there is a point at which this ceases to be healthy and begins to have negative consequences. As a result,...

...communicate mathematics, and to develop confidence. Unfortunately, instead of gaining self-confidence, many students reap low self-esteem and suffer from mathanxiety when studying and learning mathematics. That is one of the major problems encountered by the students in mathematics.
Mathanxiety is described as “feeling of intense frustration or helplessness about one’s ability to do math works”. Students who suffer from mathanxiety always have the feeling of incapability of doing activities, which involve mathematics. Moreover, other math anxious students look for other way to avoid doing any mathematical tasks. Some of these techniques are going to the restroom, sharpening pencils, talking with seatmates and work on other non-mathematical tasks. They act up sufficiently to be punished by some penalty, which tends in taking them away from mathematics (Schwieger, 1995)
Some studies indicate that mathanxiety is found in elementary, high school and college students. “I hate mathematics!” This was always heard from math-anxious students. They complain such things as nervousness, helplessness, inability to concentrate, mental block, and a feeling of sickness when they are confronted with taking a math examination. Mathanxiety can be disabling condition, causing...

...How to Reduce Math Test Anxiety
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http://www.mathgoodies.com/articles/how-to-reduce-math-test-anxiety.html
Author: Ryan Rivera has been a proponent of teaching anti-anxiety strategies to youth and adults, and has additional information about anxiety at calmclinic.com.
It's not unusual for a child to struggle with math during their early school years. As a child's brain develops, they start to learn how to solve logic problems and apply analytical reasoning – a development that is in part nurtured through their ability to solve mathematical problems. Their brains want to find they answer – their brains know that an answer is there – but while they're starting to make those connections, solving math problems can provide considerable stress and anxiety.
This is especially true when taking a math test, because there is the added pressure of knowing that the test itself is gauging whether or not they have been successful at learning. That pressure can cause a lot of anxiety, and it's not uncommon for the child taking the test to feel these effects, including:
Cloudy Mind – Anxiety has a tendency to reduce focus and clarity. This can be troublesome when the child is trying to figure out complex math problems, and that can lead to more anxiety.
Physical Stress –...