How can Building Math Confidence! help with math?

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This compact disc is designed for the 7th grader through adult learner. Many potentially good students become afraid of taking math courses in middle-school or junior high or above, become anxious when they are required to take it in high school or college, or want or need to upgrade their math skills as adults.

The program does not provide the content of a specific math course. There are many books and CDs which do that. But anxiety about math is more basic. Anxious thoughts about math can block our ability to concentrate on whatever content we may try to read or understand.

Early in the 20th century, the Russian psychologist, Pavlov, found he could change a dog's behavior by conditioning.  American psychologists later found humans could condition away many of their own anxieties by combining muscle relaxation and visualization.

Frankly, my own personal difficulty with college-level math ended my college plans as an engineering student.  I changed majors and moved into the field of speech communication.  When I found my own public speaking students "hitting similar walls" at Iowa State University, I found this way to help them overcome that fear.  When I adapted this same approach to reducing anxiety for math students it has worked as well.

A link to a pretest of how you feel about taking a math class follows the comments below.

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A comment on the Program: "My son was a seventh-grader who hated math.  He wouldn't do his homework and wouldn't talk about it when my husband and I tried to bring it up.  After using the CD, he was willing to work with the math and improved in his math class.  The CD made him aware of his muscle tension and the crippling negative talk.  WHen he realized he was also tensing up in his Spanish class, he realized his muscles were tensing up, too, so he relaxed the muscles and improved in his Spanish class, too."

Published Validation Study:  Tony Vander Zyl and James W. Lohr, "An Audiotaped Program for Reduction of High School Students' Math Anxiety," School Science and Mathematics, 94-6, (1994).  "Those who participated had significant reduction in math anxiety levels.  Those who were not treated had math anxiety levels which remained virtually unchanged."

Take the Building Math Confidence!  Pretest.

Please select how you feel, or would feel, at each time.

1. I sign up for a math class.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

2. I attend the first day of math class.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

3. I do my math assignment before math class.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

4. In class, I am learning new symbols and formulas.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

5. I am doing story problems.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

6. I am working with fractions.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

7. The teacher asks questions in class.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

8. I am demonstrating a math problem in class.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

9. I am studying for a math test.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

10. I am taking a math test.

1 - Always Calm
2 - Usually Calm
3 - OK
4 - Usually Nervous
5 - Always Nervous

Total Score from 50 Possible Points

*If your total score is 30 or above or if you scored "4" or "5" on two or more individual items, this program may help you or your students overcome the fear of taking a math class.

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