# Self-study update

Well I haven't forgotten my resolve to re-learn my maths skills.

I have been working on linear equations for a bit. i haven't been able to put anything up on it because it is somewhat more difficult than the arithmetic I revised. And more important in many ways.

Turning worded problems into equations has been challenging and is probably one of the most important maths improvements I can do right now to improving my programming ability. After I get through this chapter, I will continue to practise this particular aspect of maths. I am however enjoying it immensely and feel I am progressing infinatley, albeit slowly.

My programming learning is slower again, but have been looking into try/except/raise but need to go and use them in programs to feel confident.

Over the past bit of time, my maths has overtaken my programming, next week I need to get a bit further in the programming side.

**3 blog comments below**

I'm in total awe of people who have an aptitude for math. It's like music. It's such a shame if you don't use it when you have it. Wouldn't it help if you offered to teach math to children, given that there is such a shortage of math teachers all over the world? I often find that when one teaches something, that one is learning at the same time as well, perhaps more so than doing the learning passively.

Yeah, the aptitude is pretty impressive

That said, both math and music are things that anyone can do, aptitude or no. It requires some effort, and sticktoitiveness, but we can all manage and get the knack.

I really love that you're doing this Hello!

Word problems are a really important aspect of math to master... they're the basis of applying math to the real world. It's what makes math actually useful. In the real world, we almost never encounter simple plug and play maths, we have to figure out what's important, what's not and solve the problem.

That said, both math and music are things that anyone can do, aptitude or no. It requires some effort, and sticktoitiveness, but we can all manage and get the knack.

I really love that you're doing this Hello!

Word problems are a really important aspect of math to master... they're the basis of applying math to the real world. It's what makes math actually useful. In the real world, we almost never encounter simple plug and play maths, we have to figure out what's important, what's not and solve the problem.

**Ankhanu**on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Great job!

Though I would prefer to spend more time on programming and revisit math only when needed. I agree, math is important to a programmer. Can't go to war without it. Plus, part of the brain that works with math is basically the same part that works with programming (if I'm not mistaken). So you're actually exercising yourself for both fields.

Though I would prefer to spend more time on programming and revisit math only when needed. I agree, math is important to a programmer. Can't go to war without it. Plus, part of the brain that works with math is basically the same part that works with programming (if I'm not mistaken). So you're actually exercising yourself for both fields.

**loremar**on Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:35 am

deanhillson Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:59 pm