Mathematics: Love it or hate it, you can’t escape it

We asked you to tell us why you like or dislike the subject and received a flood of responses!

Published - August 28, 2014 06:39 pm IST


I dropped mathematics after Class 10 and that, I think, has been one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.  While I scored about 85 in most other subjects, I always managed only 60 in maths. The formulas continue to scare me even today and the thought of an upcoming maths class used to give me jitters. Now, I feel like an unpleasant journey has come to an end.

Harsh Gopal Daga

Class XI, Chennai Public School, Thirumazhisai


Maths has always been about problems, and I always had problems learning it. My mother was an arts teacher but she always had a fondness for maths, which unfortunately never passed on to me. Maths was nice to me in my primary classes, but then it decided to get serious with algebra and trignometry. Maths was also the one of the reasons I chose commerce stream rather than science. Still, it continues to pop up here and there. The bitter truth is that I hate maths but it loves me.

Shibin C. Baby

Class XII, St.Raphael's Cathedral School, Palakkad


I used to score well in mathematics, but once I failed with just 2 marks out of 25 when I was in grade VI and that is the end of the story. I started hating maths and that hatred eventually developed into a fear. I tried in vain to overcome that fear but now I am in grade 12  in PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) stream and am doing well. I also would like to accept the fact that I was a bit lazy in practising maths at times as a result I used to score average marks  which further damaged my confidence.

Sivani KMS

Class XII, Delhi Public School, Vijayawada


The thought of dealing with numbers for the rest of my life freaks me out. It’s a subject in which I have no confidence in. People say practice makes you perfect , but I don't think that applies to me in maths as how much ever I practice math it's not enough and I just go blank when I'm writing an exam related to math. I'm grateful that I had a choice of not choosing math.  



From grade 1 to my grade 10 the only classes where I fell asleep were my math classes because I found them too boring and I would not understand the concept. My math grades were always low compared to the other subject grades because of which my hatred towards this subject increased. My math teachers always used to tell my parents that I was scared of math and obviously numbers. I agree. Every time before my math exam I would shiver. I used to like math before they started including the alphabets. I'm in the 11th grade now and I opted for C.E.C. (Commerce, Economics, Computer Science) because I did not want math to spoil my grades this year.

Rashi Toshniwal


How much ever hard I tried to get good marks in math, I never did. I decided to concentrate more on maths, even went for tuition etc. but it was of no use. As usual, I got less marks. Now I have understood that maths is not my forte.

V. Harshitha Preethi

Class XI, P.Obul Reddy Public School, Hyderabad.


Till class 10, maths was compulsory and we had to manage it somehow. I managed to do a little well and satisfy my parents. Still, I decided  not to take math in eleventh because I knew I cant manage and didn't want to put myself in trouble.

 Latha N.,

Class XI, AMS p Obul Reddy Public School, Hyderabad.


I never see how tough the problems are. I just take the problem as a challenge and find the solution. And when I find the solution I feel as if I am the happiest person in this world.

M. Shruthi

Class IX, Holy Angels Anglo Indian HSS, Chennai


Maths is the most easiest and high-scoring subject as it doesn't change according to the situation unlike English or any other languages. Maths also increases the horizon of thinking as there are many ways to answer the same problem.

Ishita Sanjay Hiremath

  Class IX, Jindal Vidya Mandir, Bellary


Math always gives me extra energy to boost up and gives me lots of satisfaction in my studies. I want to become a mathematician or a charted accountant. It is the one and only subject with which any student can score full marks.

Madhurika Saraniyan

Class IX, Sunshine Chennai Senior Secondary School


Thanks to our teacher, Mrs. Beena, mathematics is the first priority for me. All my classmates think the same too. We can spend hours on mathematics without being bored! For us, mathematics is a battle. The first person who completes a chapter wins an assured reward and everyone in my class strives for that single prize.


Class X, Excel Central School, Thiruvattar.


In maths we don't learn 10-page long answers.  Instead we only learn short formulae.  In maths we need not mug up anything. We ourselves can derive the formulae. 


Class VIII, R.S.K.Higher Secndary School, Trichy


I am very good at algebra and logic. I also suck at reading/writing so Without maths, I would have nothing!


Class X, Excel Central School, Thiruvattar


Each problem in mathematics looks like a challenge to face. I like to be in a situation where anything can go wrong and you have to analyse every step to get the right answer. It feels like a "level of achievement" when you get the answer of the problem correct. Mathematics is absolute, it's beyond doubts, and it's always right.

Varun Sujal Shah,

Class IX, GD MHSS, Coimbatore


Maths helps me to do calculations in other subjects. The other reason is a bit funny, it helps me count the number of words in the essays and opinions which I write and send.

Sidharth B. Pai

Class VIILoyola School, Trivandrum  


I am a sceptic and I like to find practical logics and solution behind every problem. Also, I believe all mathematics problems have an answer to the question “Why so?” Maths also help us concentrate and think out of the box.

Akshat Jain

Class VII, Bluebells School International, New Delhi


I get an A1 grade because I love it. Sometimes people praise me when I apply maths outdoors; for example, when I go to a shop, I calculate the total bill without a calculator, before they calculate it. .

Vineel Pentrala 

Class VII, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Hyderabad.


I like maths only when I like the concept. Then I will be excited. The only thing that makes us weak in matha is the calculator. When I understand the properties I feel that I can do any sum in my mind.

J.Kailaash Jeevan

Class VII, Excel Central School


Most students dread the word math. Once or twice an occasional nutcase pops up who loves math. And all of us math loathers shun the math lover classifying that unfortunate kid a nerd. But then you use math everywhere. So then why do so many of us hate it? Well, the reason is simple. Basic math is easy. Then as we move up each class, we are bullied by algebra, geometry, odd formulas and lots more. And then we enter high school where the torture gets even worse. Here we are taught about factorising stupid polynomials, finding x, hunting for parallel lines, proving lots of stuff which some old bearded brainy maniac figured out aeons before we were born. In my opinion, math would be a lot more enjoyable if we were taught stuff in an interesting manner and laying emphasis on topics that we will require in our adult life.

Neha Maria Antony

Class IX, Toc-H Public School, Vytilla


Mathematics is known as the black beast of studies by the students. Though I also hate it, I score maximum marks in this subject. I sometimes wish to eliminate maths from the portion, but a second later I feel that my aggregate percentage will decrease.

Praveen Neshvi

Class VIII, Jindal Vidya Mandir, Bellary


Maths always went over my head. But as I've grown up now and become wiser I can now see mathematics as a wonderful and interesting subject. We can discover a new thing, a new law or a theorem, any moment, any time.

Oshin Upadhyaya

Class X, AECS-2, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai 


Mathematics has always been a subject of frustration to me but lately since I have been practicing a lot of mathematics it appears to me as a subject of fascination! It's fun to solve all those problems. To me mathematics is the only subject that gives me a reason to hope that "every problem has a solution".

K. Subhashri

Class IX, Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School


Sometimes, I get stressed out when I have to spend hours on just one problem. Despite the stress and frustration (and loads of homework) that comes with every math course, I really and truly enjoy studying math.

A life lesson that I've learned from studying math is that it is perfectly okay to ask for help. Math is hard. Like, really hard. Sometimes, it's easy to get so caught up in how difficult the work is that you forget that there's always a way to get help. All the professors I've had are intent on helping the students as much as they can. Sometimes I my pride makes it hard to admit that I am struggling to understand a concept . But every time I've gone to ask for help it has paid off.

Raghav Agarwal

Class XI, P Obul Reddy Public School


 Maths must be made more practical. For example, if we are learning about perimeter then we must be taken outside and maybe told to measure the perimeter of the school fence in teams to make it more fun. The paper version of math must be accompanied with a more practical one so that students understand the use of maths in real life better.


Class IX, Shemford school, Hosur.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.