this is why I didn't like learning it in school so much. I tried many things to keep myself occupied: did the assignment/test questions in various orders, use variables which spelled out words and sentences or patterns, use variables which appear similar to constants and standardized-syntax characters. I rather have 5 extremely hard problems than 30 easy problems which builds up to 1 or 2 extremely hard problems. Drilling doesn't work because it bores. I need to struggle a bit to remain interested enough to finish and to persuade me to research for more information.Contrary to popular belief, I think INTPs are generally not good with maths. It can get hardcore, repetitive and boring sometimes, which an INTP hates. But we definitely kick ass with the abstract part of mathematics.
lol, I can relate.Oddly enough, these are the same reasons I always fail my math papers. I leave out decimals, forget the negative sign, and completely forget to simplify my answers.
So while this does hold some truth(actually I might be worse, what's 8+7? Have to count unless I actually remember 8+8 is 16 so it must be 15... and other mnemonics for other problems), I think that in actuality I do good at learning how and why while sucking at doing the math in my head for simple things so a calculator is still needed to get rid of all the minor crap quickly.I can add single digits like a boss. Sometimes.