Not an ISTJ but often had the same problem I wouldn't even know how I'd get an answer. It would just appear in my mind somehow. Or sometimes it wouldn't. But I certainly could never do it the "proper" way.Yeah, a little more detail would be helpful.
I've never had any trouble with math, but I've always hated it. I especially hated when the teachers asked me to show my work, and then said my methods were wrong. Just because my math looks messed up shouldn't really matter, I still come up with the right answer 95% of the time in the end, and that's a lot better than other students who do math the "correct" way.
I still say get a tutor. They are really good at explaining it so your nephew will understand.I think I should clarify here. I'm not the ISTJ, it's my nephew.
I understand math really well. What I don't understand is how to explain it in a way he'll understand.
I'm not so sure about this. I'm most definitely an "S", and I am terrible at Algebra; I struggled with it both in high school AND in college. OTOH, I easily understood geometry.hmm, the istj that i know is a math genius, particularly algebra. whoever said that they heard Ns were supposed to be good at math, im really surprised, ive heard the opposite. ive heard that S=algebra, N=geometry, for in general what we prefer. this post is probably a waste of time though since i really cant help you with math since i suck :/ all i can say is good luck haha. make sure you learn what youre supposed to be doing then practice with someone who understands and then practice on your own once you know what youre supposed to be doing.
I'm going to go with that because I got an A+ in geometry and had to work my butt off to get Cs in algebra.hmm, the istj that i know is a math genius, particularly algebra. whoever said that they heard Ns were supposed to be good at math, im really surprised, ive heard the opposite. ive heard that S=algebra, N=geometry, for in general what we prefer. this post is probably a waste of time though since i really cant help you with math since i suck :/ all i can say is good luck haha. make sure you learn what youre supposed to be doing then practice with someone who understands and then practice on your own once you know what youre supposed to be doing.
Haha. Oh wow.The way I always saw algebra was the way my techer first decsribed it to me:
You have a gift for christmas. First, you wrap it with gift wrap. Then you stick it together with sticky tape. Then you put ribbons on. Then you place a card on it.
Now, you were given that gift. What do you do? You unpack it. You first take off the card, then the ribbon, then the tape and the gift wrap.
This is precisely what you do in algebra. You have the gift (equation) and you begin to unpack it. You take off the last calculation done to it then the second last and so forth until you have the gift (answer) left.
This explaination helped me a lot earlier on.
That actually seems simple to me. Words are good. Numbers are a pain.What I like to do when I am learning a new geometrical or algebraic topic is to break it down into very simple steps. I literally do the math problem out on one side, then write down each step in WORDS beside it. The words itself make it much easier for me to understand when I come back to study it later.
So, if I were to try and teach my younger self algebra (I doubt I would have accepted any help, but let's assume I did), I would break down the mathematical language into our own English language. Math is really only a short hand for ideas involving numbers. So, if someone doesn't understand the short hand, explain it out long hand.
2a + 12 = 32. Find a.
Step 1: Remember BEDMAS (Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction) in that order. No B, E, D, or M. Move on to A.
How do I cancel addition? Subtraction!
Therefore: 2a +12 - 12 = 32 - 12
Resolves to: 2a = 20
Step 2: Okay. BEDMAS. No B,E or D. There is an M. How do I reverse Multiplication? Division!
2a/2 = 20/2
Resolves to: a = 10
My notebook is full of questions like this. There are more words in my notebook than numbers. Why? Numbers don't mean anything to me a year down the line. Words do.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, break down the problem into ENGLISH, such that the kid can understand it on his terms, and in a convenient language. Once he has the logic of the problem down can he begin to use the short hand that is mathematics.