Bad at Math But Want to Take Engineering? That’s Fine

It's not too late to learn how to love math.

Just take engineering!!!

In high school, it might have been that math, among others, isn’t your best subject. It is that subject that you barely care about and just survive the exams one after the other. Soon, you decide to become an engineer, and find out that engineering involves a lot of math. It is inevitable that when you study engineering you will have to deal with a lot of math, and there’s actually something you can do about that if the subject isn’t your forte.

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There are tons of engineering students, and even engineers already in the field, who had a terrible start with math. Many began in engineering at the bottom of the pack, feeling like even the most basic math arithmetic and operations freak them out. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a huge difference between high school math and engineering math in terms of topics and the way you look it.

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There’s nothing you can do with the curriculum you signed up for. It is there as part of the training. The math in engineering is omnipresent and there is no other way to get that diploma but to face the numbers and the formulas. By the time you take that step in the engineering college, you are bound to have that maturity to deal with what lies ahead. It will take a lot of work, considering your background, and the key is to keep going and dedicate yourself in solving more math problems. It’s just through hardwork that you can overcome your dislike, hate, or inefficiency in math. You got to do what you have to do. You will find yourself enjoying the math once you figure out how it’s used in real-world applications.

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You don’t necessarily have to be the best in it, you just need to be good enough to pass the subjects and learn the whole process of computing the numbers. Love math for a while for you to survive engineering school.

The tendency is that not all the math you are going to learn will be used later, especially if you will not work in the field of design and computation. You’ll barely be holding your calculator if you work as an engineer who focus on operations.

If you really want to become an engineer, there’s nothing that cannot be done. You only need to be willing to put in the work for you to find that success – and that includes learning to love math for a while.

Engr. Amy Aguirre
Mechanical Engineer, fashion model & GineersNow TV host. Speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. Based in Melbourne and Manila. Follow me on Linkedin

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Bad at Math But Want to Take Engineering? That’s Fine

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