Money Clinic podcast: I hate math – is that why I’m bad with money?

If you hated math in school, does that mean you’ll be bad at managing money as an adult?

On the Money Clinic podcast this week, presenter Claer Barrett hears from Jade, a 22-year-old freelance graduate, who is looking for ways to boost her confidence in both fields.

Just thinking about numbers makes her anxious, bringing back memories of not knowing the answer in school math lessons.

In her adult life, this affects Jade’s ability to budget and manage her money as the cost of living rises. Since graduating from college, she has been discouraged from applying for jobs that require the use of spreadsheets.

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She is aware that this is holding her back, but how can she face her fear?

Jade’s problem is far from uncommon – half of working-age adults in the UK have the numeracy skills expected of a child in primary school, according to charity National Numeracy.

Ahead of National Numeracy Day this Wednesday, Money Clinic hears from a trio of podcast experts who are “spreading the joy” of improving your numeracy skills.

Bobby Seagull, TV personality and Britain’s most famous maths teacher, has tips for changing your mindset when thinking about maths and numbers – and why have a ‘big number chatter’ could help.

Mr. MoneyJar, aka Timi Merriman-Johnson, explains why having more faith in the numbers will improve your financial well-being.

And Suzanne Dale, who teaches counting to adults, explains how listeners can “overcome the inner narrative of self-doubt.”

To take the National 10 Minute Numeracy Challenge and download many other free resources, visit National Numeracy Website.

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