Research has confirmed that maths anxiety is linked to poor maths performance, and can make learning the subject a daily struggle. So how can teachers help students overcome their fear of maths? How can they instill a love of a subject that so many students find intimidating?
It’s no surprise that confidence is a huge factor in students’ anxiety towards mathematics. Previous negative experiences with the subject can lead to a negative and defeatist attitude. To overcome this, a teacher should provide students with regular confidence-building exercises that look challenging but enable all students to do well. This boost in confidence and self-efficacy can decrease anxiety and fear, as students feel more and more capable and motivated.