I am terrible at math so when I had to take the required Math 1010 in college, I just about flipped my shit. I would sit in class and watch my teacher explain the stuff and show us problems and I would just not understand it so at night while I was trying to do my homework, instead of finding someone local, like in the math tutoring lab, I would call up my friend Corey who was 3 hours away. As I’ve stated in previous entries, I also harass Corey about technology and he is still my friend. Cores has the patience of a saint. Anyway, this system of him helping me worked out fairly well until we got to a geometry section. So setting logic aside as I often do, I decided I’d still call Cores for help and I would just be able to DESCRIBE the problems to him and he could draw them himself.
Without further ado, I give to you the story of how I got a B in Math1010:
Me: “Okay so there is a triangle and it is asking me for things that I just don’t know.”
Cores: “Hi Mary.”
Me: “Yes, hello. Anyway, so there’s this triangle and I only have just the one bit of information but they want to know what the length is for side x and side y. How can they do that? They only give me ONE teensy amount of information and expect me to know what the entire triangle is measured? No. I don’t even care. I’m not going to be an architect and I don’t even like this triangle. There is no need for me to know this.”
Cores: “Okay. Let’s start from the beginning. What kind of triangle is it?”
Me: “Oh it’s not tiny but it’s also not very big. I’d say it’s medium sized. What is the measurement for X?”
Cores: “Sigh. I don’t know what it is yet. I need more information. Do you remember your teacher explaining different types of triangles? Like isosceles, scalene, or right?”
Me: “Nope. Is the size of the triangle really that important? Just draw a triangle.”
Cores: “Well it matters because that can help us figure out the angles, which can help us figure out the sides. So just describe the triangle to me.”
Me: “Ugh. So many steps. Okay it’s actually a nice looking triangle now that I’m not so irritated with it. It’s very straight and it has the tiniest little square in the corner. I like that, it’s cute.”
Cores: “Great, so it’s a right triangle.”
Me: “Perfect. Now that you have your details, what is X?”
Cores: “Mary. This is just the beginning…”
An hour later, after explaining each step twice, putting me on speakerphone with his roommates who were engineering majors and it becoming a collaborative effort with one of them shouting, “SOH-CAH-TOA, USE SOH-CAH-TOA!”, we were done with problem #1.
This is how I got my B in Math1010.