Wow, thank you!
I have realized through the years that learning math at school is absolutely terrible.
A whole rant about why school and math don't go together
Most schools teach math in a very uninspiring way, a way that’ll make people feel like math is boring and a waste of time. However, there are some people, like me, who just love math. I don’t know why I started to love math, but I remember in Kindergarten being fascinated with areas of mathematics like multiplication and quadrillions and large numbers (Googology is a lot of fun, I used to to extremely interested in large numbers, and still am, and there’s a whole wiki about it! ). I had heard of these things outside of school, outside of what they were teaching us. This kind of creates a curiousness and the natural love of math because you begin to descover, “Woah. There’s a LOT more out there than what is being taught at school.” School kind of shows the tip of the ice burg of mathematics, but they do it in such an uninspiring way that most kids never want to find out the hidden mysteries underneath. That is why it is crucial that if you want to learn math, be good at it, and have fun with it, you must do it in you’re own time
I have been some Khan Academy, I realized that I could do trig over the summer, but a lot of it was review in a way, and I also really despise the videos. They are really boring. I did find a section of math in Khan, but at the very end of the math journey. It’s called, “Math for fun and glory”. They only show videos and it’s a lot of fun, I definitely would recommend it (I must admit I would’ve been even more excited about it a year or 2 ago since I’ve learned the math topics by watching things like Numberphile) (Also, they bring on a different person, I forget her name, but she does actual drawing with a marker on lined paper. It is absolutely glorious).
Yeah, I had realized that very quickly when I decided that math had become my life. However, without a core study place, you have no 100% proof that your actually going to find a place where you can learn math that is fun and easy (Especially for topics like calculus and abstract algebra and higher dimensional math – which is an absolute bummer because these subjects are so fascinating).
Throughout that past year, I have been watching Numberphile very thouroughly. I also found a new YouTube channel called 3Blue1Brown that teaches many things like calculus. I had also been able to collect some books to make a mathematical bookshelf, which I am very excited about. (Some of my favorites were, Hyperspace (when looking online for it, type: Hyperspace (book) ), What to make and do in the 4th dimension, and Ian Stewart’s mathematical cabinet (And also “What if?” by xkcd).
I have also realized that math and science literally go hand in hand, which is a whole new thing
Woah, I’ve typed a lot, I get really excited about math when I’m able to talk about it with people who have the same kind of passion for it, thank you so much!
Also, I created a topic here on the forum a few weeks ago that show math recourses people can use, I’m probably going to fix it up and add some more. I think it is a great idea so that people who are bored in school can find amazing ways to learn (The girl who talks in the “Math for fun and glory” even admits that school math is boring, she just doodles all class about more interesting parts of math (hehe, I did that in my Algebra 2 class, but I probably should have.)