Do you have trouble with sudoku? Robin Jarman, The Sudoku Guy, to the rescue By S N Smith, Ottawa
I am a total numbers phobic. I can barely add two numbers together, and forget about division. I don’t even know how to do my own taxes and never have. I even forget how many sides there are in a triangle!!!! One would think the “tri” would be a clue, but not for me. I struggled all through high school with my math assignments. The only “f” I have on my university transcripts is accounting — my mark was 23/100 –and that was after being tutored. So you could easily rip me off.
I recently started doing sudoku puzzles, not because I am all that interested in numbers but as a possible way to overcome my life long numbers phobia, even if it only helps me a little bit.
Part of this phobia is my fault — personal lack of initiative, as well as being devoid of any mathematical imagination. And part of the problem is due to teachers possessing poor math teaching skills and the failure of most of them to understand that not all students learn the same way. I venture to say that due to this lack of understanding, many pupils fall through the cracks and go through life like me with very weak math skills. And they pay dearly for this.
Robin Jarman, The Sudoku Guy, offers many helpful lessons on his youtube channel, which has close to 35K followers. I suggest his introductory lessons 1-12 first and then, if necessary, view his many tutorials (over 55 of them).
I recently successfully finished my first puzzle using his methods, even though I was very slow. But if someone as slow as me can do it, then surely you can also.