Why You Should Never Ask Your Teacher, “When Will I Ever Use This?”
Tomorrow is the big day (or at least the first of many).
I’ll be facing my anxiety and fears and venturing out for my aptitude test and (hopefully) preliminary interview. This is for a company that I have wanted to work for since moving to Ohio, so it would really mean a lot if I got the position. But before I can even score an interview, I have to prove that I am at least somewhat intelligent and/or capable of learning.
I’m talking, of course, about this three-part aptitude assessment. It’s one part sequential patterns, one part spatial reasoning, and one part algebra, and no calculators are allowed.
For those of you who know me, you probably know that I am the weirdo that loves logic puzzles and actually enjoys math, so the algebra and sequential patterns shouldn’t be a problem. I’m not so great at spatial visualization, so I plan to spend the rest of the afternoon talking to myself while simultaneously practicing my word problems and spatial reasoning. Oh, and trying to remember how to do simple addition without a calculator.
If you ever asked your teacher why you had to learn something and when you would EVER need it in real life, here’s your answer.
Also, thank you to all my previous math teachers. It’s because of you that I have some semblance of confidence despite the fact that my anxiety is so incredibly high.
Does anyone else remember how to do long division with decimals or how to add, subtract, multiply, or divide fractions? Fortunately, I am pretty sure that I do, but I am curious about how much you remember.