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How Melanie learned to trust herself at maths

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

Melanie Cronin persisted with higher-level maths in the Leaving Cert because she wanted to study science at university, and maths was a compulsory subject in first year
Melanie Cronin persisted with higher-level maths in the Leaving Cert because she wanted to study science at university, and maths was a compulsory subject in first year

Melanie Cronin persisted with higher-level maths in the Leaving Cert because she wanted to study science at university, and maths was a compulsory subject in first year.

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The 22-year-old from Kilcock, Co Kildare admits she "barely passed" and when she started in Maynooth University, she had "a bit of a panic".

With a weekly maths assignment, there was no way of avoiding maths and Melanie made her way to the Maths Learning Support (MLS) service. "A lot of questions might seem insurmountable, and you don't have any idea about how to approach them, but at MLS you learn to try. As I got better, I trusted myself more", she says.

Melanie surprised herself when she opted to keep up maths in second year and now, in third year, she is thinking of doing a double major BSc in biology and maths.

Irish Independent

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