Also, if any of you started out hating math and then became excellent in the field, please tell me about it! =)
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I started out hating math in High School. It seemed so...tedious. I took the minimum, Algebra 2.
Once I got into college for engineering, I figured I would take more interest, and that I did. Calculus I suddenly became fascinating once I started focusing on absorbing the concepts, rather than preparing for the next test.
And as I saw it, each level of math becomes easier once you take the next level of that field, so I declared a math minor to go above and beyond the requirements of engineering. I'm finishing up now with advanced differential equations.
As for getting good at it, the priority is developing interest in the topic. So many people see it as a chore, and so it quickly becomes one. But if you look at is as, say, advanced sudoku, it becomes a bit of a game. Or you can look at it as a language that is used to describe logical arguments in shorthand. As a former Physics minor, and computer enthusiast, I see it as the programming language the universe runs on.
But how is it taught in school? god. I would barely call that teaching. You can walk into a HS algebra class interested and walk out as though you just came out of a car accident. It's taught backwards.
If you want to get good at math, you need to treat it as more of a hobby. If you want to treat it as a hobby, you probably need to find a hobby that uses it. In my case, it was Lego robotics, K'nex, Audio/Video tech, programming, and building electronics.
If you want to get started (or "Re-Started") I totally recommend checking out Khan Academy:
Here, the founder has posted tutorials for every math subject from addition to differential equations and linear algebra. And you can set up an account that organizes is as a game, where you do problems to earn points to level up to new fields.
Honestly, if I hadn't discovered this AFTER taking these classes, I probably would have aced all my math classes. But alas, I struggle to keep up with homework. I'll ace every test, and get a C in the class because one out of 20 homework assignments are turned in.
So again, the more you make a hobby out of it, the better.