### Myth #1: Aptitude for Math is Inborn

Mathematics is inborn, but it is inborn in all of us. It is a human trait. Math, like other fields, has had its prodigies and because of these people, it is easier to believe that doing math requires a different type of brain. Ask your math teacher if he or she became a mathematician because of having a special brain. You will likely discover that it was a parent or teacher that was responsible for helping your instructor discovering math and the rewards it holds for students.

### Myth #2: To Be Good at Math you have to be Good at Calculating

Mathematics is a science of ideas, not an exercise in the calculation. Being a wiz at figures is not the mark of success in mathematics.

#### Myth #3: Math Requires Logic, Not Creativity

The grain of truth in this myth is that math does require logic. But it is a mistake to suppose that logic is what math is about, or that being a mathematician means being uncreative or unintuitive. M.C. Escher is a good example of an artist who used math to transform the images we see.

#### Myth #4: In Math, What’s Important is Getting the Right Answer

Understanding mathematical concepts are more important than the right answer. That you are methodical and complete your work is important to your math instructor.

#### Myth #5: Men are Naturally Better than Women at Mathematical Thinking

There is no gender gap when it comes to ability. It is a society that says being good at math is unfeminine. Unfortunately, gender bias, like our legacy of racial bias, continues to shade many people’s outlooks.

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