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How to Overcome Math Anxiety

Peter Arvanites

How to Overcome Math Anxiety

Peter Arvanites, Professor, Mathematics

parvanit@sunyrockland.edu, 845-574-4767

Intended Audience: Middle school, high school, college-level students

Abstract: Many students at the middle school, high school, and college level experience math anxiety. The feelings associated with math anxiety prevent these students from effectively learning math by interfering with their concentration and retention. The speaker will address the causes of math anxiety and then discuss strategies that can be used to decrease and even eliminate it. In addition, he will discuss test anxiety, which often is a counterpart of math anxiety.

About the Speaker: Peter Arvanites, Professor of Mathematics, has been with the College since 1987. In addition to teaching, Arvanites is the advisor to the student Chess Club and serves as a mentor in the Sam Draper Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program, with his “mentees” gaining acceptance into the Ivy League and other top tier colleges. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1997) and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2010). He earned a BS in Mathematics from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY; and an MA in Mathematics from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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