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Don't know if this is the right place to post this thread but....how do you determine if you are technically more of a math/science person or a writing/history person? And yes, I know that there are plenty of people can be good at writing AND math but I mean generally speaking. For example what if I feel more secure and in control of how well I do when doing math but I feel nervous when I have to write and essay. On the other hand, I find math boring and History and writing interesting? I hate having to memorize so history tests are usually annoying for me but I like listening to lectures, etc. Math has been easy for me since I was little though. I was a good writer too and most people think I am a good writer EXCEPT for my English teacher (which is who's opinion actually counts). Science is boring but physics and Chemistry are relatively easy for me because it's math but I don't like it. Sorry this may have all sounded a bit immodest and there's ranting in it but you get the point... Also what about it makes a person more math/writing oriented?...... naturally more artistic vs analytically oriented views??? I know it's all kinds of personality attributes but basically...? :)
 

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because of what part I said. I used to think so too until I didn't get my A in Chemistry. It doesn't matter if your a natural at something if you don't do homework, pay attention in class, or study right? DDDD; Because I getting unconvinced all of a sudden. I used to be sure I was a math person until I started Chemistry this year at school.
 

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You don't have to like chemistry to be a math person...

Yes, chemistry uses math, but being a mathematician does not necessarily mean you're also a chemist. However, if you want to excel at chemistry, you better know your math!

So, you like writing and math. Maybe you like to use your analytical and creative problem solving strengths in your writing, and perhaps that's why the two are enjoyable to you. In both subjects (especially literary analysis), you're given a problem/prompt and asked to create a solution by applying what you already know with what you have before you to dissect with your own interpretation of the problem, and then reassemble all of that back into a concise and accurate answer.
 

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I actually like science-chemistry and biology, that is. It was physics that I had the most trouble with, due to there being a lot of math and calculation in it. Looking back, I should have taken biology (which I like) and chemistry, instead of just accepting the combination which the school gave me, which was chemistry and physics. I've always gotten good grades for Science most of my school life (As and Bs), but when we had to specialise on just physics and chemistry, my grades plummeted. (No need to elaborate on my math. Heh.)

I love writing and English. I think it's by extension that I also love history.
 
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Math is its own form of art.

While paintings, music, stories, and the lot are all art forms of emotion, math remains an art of logic.
I'm not sure what your point is here. People can be logical and artistic/creative. Look at DiVinci or Einstein.

A person doesn't have to be a story teller to be a good writer... There's technical and academic writing. Not to say the OP can't write creatively simply because she's good at math.

Everyone has their unique skill set and being versatile is a huge asset. I agree with the irritation of false dichotomies.
 

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I'm supporting you ideas here, sweetheart. My only point was to convey the fact that math is an art in its own light. I don't like it whenever individuals portray it as an antagonist to the liberal arts.
 

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I've always appreciated writing,history,and science but even with many hours of tutoring from multiple tutors over many different grades I could never grasp the concept of high-level math, algebra , trig, calculus. I always found ways to get around high-level math even when I spent almost 2 years in vocational college. I think I more than make up for my lack of math-skills in all the other areas of education that interest me.
 

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I've always appreciated writing,history,and science but even with many hours of tutoring from multiple tutors over many different grades I could never grasp the concept of high-level math, algebra , trig, calculus. I always found ways to get around high-level math even when I spent almost 2 years in vocational college. I think I more than make up for my lack of math-skills in all the other areas of education that interest me.
There's no class that I've encountered so far that I find particular difficulty in grasping but it's still a long way until I even get to college so who knows. The only thing I lack in is social skills and any physical activity. I can't play a "real" sport for my life. I can only play like...Badminton (which is fun :) )

I'm an intellectual mouse who loves to procrastinate priority work.
 

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I agree. (Or bad at both.)



Being forced into silly dichotomies like these pisses me off to no end.
Sorry, I was afraid of this... I meant very in general again, it seems to be true that most that are more English oriented don't like math as much. That seems to be a common thing for different mind sets. It's also said often. But of course you could be bad or good at any of these. That's exactly right.
 

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Hmm. You feel nervous when you write, but bored when you do math/science.

Well, I'd go math/science to start when you go to college, and if you end up disliking it, it's easier to go from there to a more humanities oriented direction.

Or, you can just say f-all and go philosophy. Plenty of writing, and plenty of structured thought!
 

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Hmm. You feel nervous when you write, but bored when you do math/science.

Well, I'd go math/science to start when you go to college, and if you end up disliking it, it's easier to go from there to a more humanities oriented direction.

Or, you can just say f-all and go philosophy. Plenty of writing, and plenty of structured thought!
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Yeah I would definitely go there because I am at a safe spot no matter what. I mean when I figure out a tough geometric problem or algebraic equation I get happy... But it's just not fascinating like literature and history. Like that excitement and adventure and fear in reading about huge events of the past or the kind of feeling you get after reading a heart warming book. That's the way it is for me. I used to love math and science when I was younger though. It was freaking common sense. Actually it still is when I so much as bother to follow what the teachers doing for 1/4 of the time. I like college so much better. Took a few classes over the summer, so interesting. I'm going to do it again this year.
 

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I will say that in college, when you get to differential equations, math changes from being just math problems, to more of an adjunct to language. In fact, in my last year, I think I solved only a couple problems for a number, as opposed to trying to simplify some gargantuan equation into something that I finished with a QED.

At this point, the problems become more interesting, and actually require some level of attention, as things often become more about lateral thinking (Oh, that's right, I could just have substituted this completely unrelated thing here and it'd totally have worked!), which will probably annoy at first, but if you love challenges, it becomes very fulfilling.

I had much the same problem, but I realized that my main love of classics and literature was more about my own personal enrichment, that I may occasionally share with others, but was ultimately just for me. Engineering was a better calling for a vocation, allowing me have a personal life that allowed for the arts.
 

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I like a challenge if I can solve it with considerable effort but not if I just can't do it obviously and I'm not some immature person who will be like I can do anything! I know my limits. And with AP chemistry it takes too much of an effort when I cram 2 months of info in my head the day before a major test! I can do this with all the math I've learned so far though. But Chemistry builds, and than I have this questions that has to get answered in order to learn the other concepts that will be on the test because it's all connected! And I wait until the day before the test so I can't get my questions answered and can't get an A! Ok, I'm ranting now..... Chemistry is getting me so mad now because it's boring and I know if I don't do it I will fail but I can't make myself do it. So I'm waiting for a fail and AM NOT ENJOYING MYSELF WITH THIS FREE TIME ON TOP OF IT. ==

I like classical literature~~ Like To Kill a Mockingbird~~~~~
 

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I'd try not to worry about the 'A' thing too much. I think that just leads to poor use of one's available stress resistance. This is especially true of you're a senior, since you'll have already gotten into whatever college you wanted anyway. You might as well get B's in the courses you don;t care for, and enjoy the As you're getting in the others.
 

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I'd try not to worry about the 'A' thing too much. I think that just leads to poor use of one's available stress resistance. This is especially true of you're a senior, since you'll have already gotten into whatever college you wanted anyway. You might as well get B's in the courses you don;t care for, and enjoy the As you're getting in the others.
No I'm a sophomore so I can't change myself in a way that will stop me from stressing. When I do this it hinders my ability to do well because I'm intimidating myself and not actually putting all concentration into the work I'm doing. Even when I'm doing tests my concentration abilities are being affected by the noise of calculators because I'm so scared off where I will stand regarding the scores. It's so hard to move and not think. And after I didn't put all my potential into it I feel so bad because I realize that I could have done it every single time! Part of the reason I'm on this site is because I feel psychologically depressed a lot. It made me study my personality. I wish I was a senior.
 
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