The college also may offer a course taught by both a mathematician and a psychologist, for those with

math phobia problems, Rushforth said.

I don't really get their fascination with numbers and they don't understand how I can have a

math phobia. (We still like each other.) Instead of worrying if Pi is 3.14+++++ or something else, I will bake a pie -- custard, pumpkin/pecan or maybe a comforting chicken pot.

Despite the prevalence of

math phobia, people too are born with a strong innate number sense, and numerosity is deeply embedded in many aspects of our minds and culture.

For instance, one of her tactics for combating

math phobia is for students to create a "cheat sheet" that they pretend they can use during the test.

Strogatz, a Cornell mathematician, has now provided a delightful antidote to the

math phobia that infects most students exposed to the standard curriculum.

According to Marilyn Burns (1998), the author of Math: Facing an American Phobia, about twothirds of all Americans have a

math phobia and she paralleled it to having public speaking phobia.

Students love this system as it builds confidence and it reduces

math phobia in students, why then it is insignificant?" said Gaurav Tekriwal ,president of Vedic Maths Forum India in the city.

Playing math games with my kids and reading delightful books like The Number Devil with them, I'm gradually letting go of school-induced

math phobia and discovering the beauty of numbers and their patterns.

I can only hope that her

math phobia didn't turn too many other students off math forever.

A reduction in students' "

math phobia," was one benefit of videogame usage, according to a principal of one of the participating schools, along with reported increases in scores on state mathematics exams.

Although Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies,

Math Phobia, and Other Worries (AMACOM, 978-0-8144-7446-4) sounds like a "specialty" parenting book that would only interest a few, its sensible deconstruction of anxiety's causes will help many parents who find that their child's stress levels impede optimal school performance.

You can do the math; overcome your

math phobia and make better financial decisions.