Why am I good with mathematics but terrible at writing essays and research papers in university?


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Lia Tan Profile
Lia Tan answered

We each have our strengths and weaknesses in whatever we do. There are some who are like you, some who are the opposite (where they are bad at math and good at writing), some who are good at both, and some who are bad at both. There really isn't a reason as to why we are naturally good at one thing but not another. So to answer your question, I don't know why you are like that and no one will ever truly know why.

However, that does not mean we should simply give up at the things we are not naturally good at. Writing essays and research papers takes a different approach than with solving math problems and doing proofs. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you exactly how these approaches differ because I can't guarantee that we even have the same approach when it comes to doing math, let alone in converting it to writing. This is something that you have to figure out on your own in order for it to make sense to you. In order to get suggestions though, you should try to speak with someone who is good at writing or you can consult text resources either in book form or online. There are many different types of ways to think about writing and you just need to find one that suits you. And of course, you should always try to practice writing by making drafts of essays and have people critique each draft. Just learning the theory and method of writing won't get you any far if you don't put them to practice.

John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

You keep asking this same question over and over again. Many different sites ( even quora ) and in various forms. You have been doing this for years.

Instead of asking this question over and over again get intense tutoring in your weak areas.

Barb Cala Profile
Barb Cala answered

Very few people are good at everything.  We all have things that come easier to us than others.  It's very common.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Actually, this is a relatively  common occurrence and it has some research behind it.

People who are good at math and science tend to be what is  called "concrete" thinkers.  We (I'm one) tend to be better at short, contained, projects.

Lawyers and authors tend to be good at what is called "abstract" thinkers---they are pretty good at producing written output.

What's interesting is that each individual is a combination of both concrete and abstract thinking, but the kicker is that the sum of the percentages of both in every individual is 100%

So for me, my score (I was tested about 40 years ago) was 95% concrete and only 5% abstract.

(When I was in college, any term paper under 10 pages was an automatic F.  Mine seldom made 8 pages, but I routinely got A's. I assume the professors were well aware of the types of thinkers.)

It has nothing to do with "intelligence."

You can develop an effective style of writing that will serve you well now and in the future---just work on it.

Leesa Johnson Profile
Leesa Johnson answered

It's two different things writing and solving math problems. Few people are good at everything. So focus on that field in which you are good.

Ashton Lynn Profile
Ashton Lynn answered

I can type a narration or writemyessayfast in 3 hours or event 2 hours, but I cannot calculate a simple regression or do a math task. I'm also learning a fifth foreign language, but I know nothing about ratios and proportions. My math teacher was making fun of me all the time during our lab classes, because I could write a nice intriduction to the lab assignment and express the process in a literary way, but calculations were wrong.

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