While people struggle with math for many reasons, one of the most common is that math is a sequential subject and missing one concept along the way leaves the student in a growing state of confusion. A child who struggles with basic arithmetic doesn't have the foundation for algebra or advanced math classes. Other math-haters struggle to connect math to real life or suffer from a learning disability with numbers.
Disgruntled math students often look at equations and symbols as something disconnected from their own lives. They wonder why they need to understand math, and lose motivation. Math teachers sometimes fail to help them make the connection. However, when students begin to see math's utility in everyday life, their interest is often piqued and they want to learn the concepts.
A few students struggle with math due to a learning disability known as dyscalculia. Dyscalculia may be thought of as the mathematical equivalent to the more-common reading disorder, dyslexia. Students with dyscalculia find dealing with numbers difficult. At an early age, they experience difficulty in counting or in recognizing which number is larger. As they grow older, they often have trouble with calculations, telling time or keeping score in a game. According to Education.com, this condition affects up to 6 percent of students.