Why I HATE Maths

Maths. It’s one of those subjects that strictly revolves around a love or hate reltionship: You’re either wired to love it or you’re not.

From what I have seen, most of my friends love maths because, according to them, solving a linear equations is like mental masturbation. They’re entitled to that and I have absolutely nothing against them, as long as they don’t try to inseminate my life with their shit.

I myself, if confronted with such a linear or polynomial problem, would resort to my iPhone.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure Maths has its uses, like waterboarding, and clearly it is the key selling point for calculators and Microsoft Excel (the latter of which can also replace waterboarding).

A little overdue history: I studied under the British system – that’s O and A Levels – and things were going well pre-O-Level years. Things were so good, in fact, I remember vividly in 8th grade I used to help students with their class problems after the teacher explains the lesson. In fact he got used to explaining rather quickly to sit down the remainder of the class while I jump from desk to desk helping students out with their Maths problems.


Then, by 9th grade, my life became a nightmare as my school rotated, within one year, five different maths teachers. That blew everyone off-course, and suddenly trigonometry stopped making sense. I managed, however, to pass, like most others.

By then I was required to “pick my future” – the medical field or the engineering field, and I picked medical. I wanted to be either a micro biologist or a geneticist. Out with all other subjects, I studied biology and chemistry, exclusively, and in excruciating detail, up to college.

Two buildings fell in New York and my parents decided not to ship me internationally, so they sent me close by to the UAE, and undertook computer science.


Now keep in mind my last exposure to Maths was 9th grade.

I struggled valiantly in college, I even almost failed PRE-Calculus, completely failed Calculus I and barely made it in Calculus II. The only reason I managed to pass Computational Methods (a course where you apply a formula 40 times) is because my professor’s daughter passed away before the final and he explicitly told us that he doesn’t want to see us in the following semester.

The only course I got a grade that’s not a C in Math was Discrete. Somehow it made perfect sense and I managed a B+.

So the question that begs to be asked: How did I manage to survive?


Instead of investing energy of trying to understand differentiation and integration, I managed to be able to deduce answers through observation. How I did this was as follows. I would look at solved problems in the book and through the notes. I would then form in my head a visual presentation of the symbols and the numbers. I then look at the next step in the solution, and visually map the symbols and transform the numbers from formula A to formula B. I do this with the next step, then the next.

I practice solving problems that are similar, using visual mapping to solve instead of actual how-to. I would look at different kinds of problems, with different number of variables and length, and make a mental map of how formulas transform.

Once in an exam my mind mapping failed, as there was an extra variable that I was unable to map. After mapping what I could, I came to a step and wrote in the exam: “imagine this chunk of formula is represented as X”. And then I continued solving LOL! I got partial marks and a smiley face on that paper.

And this is my short story of why I hate maths. And statistics of course, though I doubt that subject makes sense to anyone.


  • http://en.wordpress.com/typo/?subdomain=oelwiat ola

    How do people get through that in college? this is torture. You should've studied literature: Read the novel, review the notes, go to the final, ramble for 2-3 pages about some fictional characters' psychoanalysis and get an A!

    Of course it's a fact that math is involved in everything in our life but it's like that big elephant in the corner of the room. Never mind it, it's not there…

  • https://twitter.com/WaedS Waed S.

    This is the end for us ,Kinan ! It was nice knowing you ! loool

    I used to love math ,still do !
    After med school it started to slip away .though I tutored my cousin Algebra for his SATs preps and I still help my siblings from time to time , I am losing it ='(
    Maths and physics are the only 2 things I miss about my school curriculum !

    U wanted to study microbiology ?! O.M.G U have to thank God a 1000 times a day for being saved ! It's evil ya zalameh !

  • http://hamdanism.wordpress.com hamdanism

    I never had a problem with that, but I sucked at things like chemistry and Bio..I think people are differet

  • jarofjuice

    I should have studied many things but not engineering!

  • jarofjuice

    I was really good in bio, loved it and still do. Yeah people are
    different. Who would wanna be like you :P LOL

  • jarofjuice

    It's not as evil as maths and statistics! What do you know! Plus put
    yourself in my shoes jumping from grade 9 math to college math!

  • http://www.inaworldofyourown.blogspot.com/ insan

    You can not admire what you can not understand .

  • desertshark

    I believe its a conspiracy by colleges everywhere to give us all these insane math classes because they know the majority of us wouldn't do well in it and would have to take it again the next semester thus getting more tuition money out of us. Maybe i am paranoid, but there is no other explanation for it.

  • jarofjuice


  • jarofjuice

    I think you are spot on. Especially in the Levant with their
    impossible curriculum

  • http://www.abufares.net/ abufares

    KJ, We have a very similar math history except I never had that B. I think it's a conspiracy by the math nerds of the world to convince the math idiots (like us) that (1) There is a problem to be solved and (2) The chicken shit they scrawl is the actual solution.

  • jarofjuice

    It is a conspiracy, all in the quest to find the solution for x3 + y3 + z3 = 0

  • http://bohemiantranscendence.com/ Claudie

    I totally feel for you! I used to be an excellent math student until 8th grade when I changed educational systems and went from a “French” one to an “International” one and then to a “Bulgarian” one in which I was surrounded by children who had been in an advanced math prep school… :))
    the difference is that (fortunately or unfortunately), after failing my engineering calculus I in college, and then barely passing it the second time — I must admit I was pretty lazy solving problems too, I get bored doing the same thing over and over again — I switched from computer science to political science :D and philosophy.

  • jarofjuice

    Oh how I envy you right now! I wanted to switch to visual communication but there were financial implications, and I had to press on and fight my way! I am genuinely happy for you to have found your path :)

  • http://eshda3wa.blogspot.com eshda3wa

    i HATE maths

    hate it hate it hate it with passion!

    the reason i chose dentistry is because it has no maths in it !

    god i hate it !

  • jarofjuice

    LOL! Math is a tragic subject! I wouldn't blame you at all!

  • http://www.seidhr.blogspot.com Allie

    Oh lol. Aside from your comments on statistics (which really isn't math, though it uses math), I am totally the opposite of you. Math just makes me happy; it's the exquisite language of logic, and I just can't imagine anything (other than eating) as or more relaxing or beautiful than math!

  • kinano

    watch “Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply” and you will get why math is so frigin beautiful ;)

  • jarofjuice

    Oh God why! How can you find it so beautiful!

  • http://www.seidhr.blogspot.com Allie

    It's beautiful because it always makes sense. It's the one, universal thing that makes our entire world go round and without which nothing we have could be possible. It's the same no matter where in the world you are. It's not subject to the whims of emotion, to politics, or to the ideas of various societies. Mathematical patterns are even found in nature (is there anything more interesting to look at than the fractal growth pattern of Romanesco broccoli?). It is what it is, without reservation or apology. So little in the world is consistent, without guile and sensible. That there's an entire field (and many sub-fields) that can possess these attributes truly is a beautiful thing, and when I look at it through that lense, I can't feel anything but love for math.

  • http://www.seidhr.blogspot.com Allie

    Alright, so tonight I read this really beautiful piece on why math is so wonderful to people who love it. It articulates my feelings about math far better than I really ever could. If you'd like to read it, shoot me an email (bahpeanut@gmail.com) and I'll forward it to you.

  • Boi_estrella

    Hey i like your idea i have Trouble since Young understanding maths and passing them and now i shali try Yours! Im doing advanced maths in my Science course :( i love Biology but hate maths

  • Seba_1

    i hate maths.its confusinnnnggg and fustrating sometimes!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/SuikoKyaCross James Olaf

    MATH?!!!! *shuddders*…

    Omg I despise the very existence of math! I cannot tell you how many times I failed it during my entire school time! I know I failed it three times from middle school to high school and had to go to summer school, for it four times.

    I’ve been taking introduction into college mathematics and today, I talked to my math professor and found out that I finally passed the darn thing. This was my third time taking it >.>
    I passed by a hair too! I would have had a C, but I got a 44 on my final; so it got lowered a bit xD
    If I hadn’t done the homework I would have failed, cause my grades were very mediocre; but the homework and attendance points boosted me up.
    I really hate math! It never makes any sense! It’s like the answer are pulled out of thin air!

    Most of my friends have all failed college math a time or two, in fact; my one friend is going for her fourth time in the summer! D:
    College mathematics, is actually the most failed college course!

  • LittleDhampir

    Every time i hear the word math i cringe!! It’s a horrible and confusing subject. I’ve actually tried to like it but i end up hating it every time. 


  • http://newsdefuse.blogspot.com/ hamayon baig

    lol when my teacher is teaching me maths it goes like rocket over the head it is very tragic subject.keep away from it.i had also write an post ‘i hate mathematics’ please read it.

  • http://About.me/StbxYou Stb Hernández

    You must be fat.

  • http://About.me/StbxYou Stb Hernández

    Languages > Mathematics. You can’t communicate without the former, and is basically what makes humanity pin around to a society. To say mathematic makes our entire world go around; in which case, the most important thing: is simply fallacy.

  • http://About.me/StbxYou Stb Hernández

    Yet you understand that you cannot understand something. You’re already admiring it.

  • http://About.me/StbxYou Stb Hernández

    I love to read. I love languages. And of all, communication. Even though I don’t hate maths and do believe I can do with it if I put myself into it; I just can’t fathom with it. I mean, it’s like programming in my mind: boring, boring, boring. Give me words. Give me poetry. Give me history. Give me culture. And most of all: give me life-time experiences; something worth-while to carry. Not numbers I know I won’t be using as I get older. UuU.

  • jarofjuice

    On the contrary!

  • jarofjuice

    I do agree that mathematics is the foundation of how the world works, to a degree, but ultimately, mathematics could not have been understood had there not been some form of language. Ultimately, language propagates ideas while mathematics advocates facts — assuming the theories are not debunked at one point or another.

  • jarofjuice

    I do admire math. I did love Studying the foundations of maths and equations and theorems; it is the application which I do not find interesting much. The root of the problem probably lies in the fact that I have not studied maths after grade 9 and then I was thrown directly into college maths as an engineer (wanted to study medicine but that didn’t work out). The conundrum lies in my willingness to understand maths. Given that most of the recent applications are in statistics (and in my post-grad degree too), it is driving me insane.

  • jarofjuice

    I hear you. I am more into grammar and poetry now than I have ever been.

  • Alex_FBI

    Mathematical is really sucks because most people, even adult mens uses only a basic mathematical knowledges like a addition, multiplying, division and substraction.
    But i prove that i live in country with high corruption level (Russia), so i can solve easily a problem with a mathematical analysis in college

  • Anna

    I’m smart and good at math; however I hate it.

  • Anna

    x= negative 7 y= negative 3 z= negative 4 Don’t judge me if I’m wrong.

  • Anna


  • dncan

    Language is a function of relationships. relationships are a function of maths.

    We were calculating before we could talk, if we weren’t we would not have continued as a species.