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My daughter Naomi has been a good, solid student since she started school except for one subject: math. In elementary school she just made it, but as soon as she started high school this math problem became critical.

Here in Canada the passing mark is 60%. Naomi came home with a 60% on a good day. Usually it was far below, which meant summer school and tutoring a few times a week for the past years. Having seen these math results since grade 1, we assumed that math was just a weakness and did our best to encourage Naomi when she came home with yet another awful test result.

One day her tutor mentioned to me, that she could not understand why Naomi constantly failed. In her opinion my daughter knew her material very well and was able to solve all the problems she gave her at home. To me the only answer could be test anxiety.

I decided to tap with Naomi on math test anxiety. We started with these set up phrases using the shortcut version.

Even though I really hate Math
Even though Math is the worst subject in the world
Even though I am sure I will write another bad test
Even though I am so angry with myself, because my Math tests are awful
Even though I am afraid Mom and Dad will be disappointed about another bad test result

Once the level of intensity on these issues where down, I had Naomi visualize herself sitting in her classroom, seeing her math teacher come in handing out the test. This brought up new intensities and we tapped on,

Even though I am so afraid of blanking out and forgetting all that I have learned...
Even though I feel the anxiety of my classmates and that makes me nervous...
Even though I am nervous there might be a trick question
Even though I get anxious when the others start handing in their tests before me
Even though I am afraid they will laugh at me when I make a mistakeĒ

At this point I asked Naomi if anybody ever laughed at her because she made a mistake in math and she remembered an incident when she was in Kindergarten. She was 5 years old and had to count little "Barney" dinosaurs. Naomi could not count to 100, the whole class made fun of her and laughed, and she felt very embarrassed. I was elated we found this issue and we tapped on,

Even though I was so embarrassed when everybody laughed at me because I could not count to 100 at the age of 5...

We stopped the tapping here, however I advised Naomi to go to the washroom and tap for a few minutes before the next test.

Naomi is now in Secondary 3. She is attending a Math and Science school. You can imagine my joy, when she told me last week, that Math is now her favorite subject. The last term her tests averaged between 75% and 85% and she is helping her friends in school when they are stuck in Math.


If your child hates math or any other subject, chances are there's a reason that has little or nothing to do with the subject itself.

Here is a reference to an EFT session I had with my 9 yr old daughter who came home and announced she hated math! My daughter sat down to do her homework. She was fine with practicing her spelling and reading until she came across a math worksheet. She pulled out a worksheet that was designed to help the children learn how to add three columns of numbers and do carry-overs. This was not a totally new concept to learn as she had added two columns together before.

She became very distressed and upset when she showed me the worksheet. It was obvious to me that something happened for her to react in that manner! I asked her why she was upset and she said ď Iím not good at math and I hate it!Ē I knew ithat something else was going on. She explained to me that the teacher asked all the children to ďstand upĒ beside their desks when they had completed their worksheets. My daughter said ď All the kids were standing up and I wasnít even close to being finished! I canít do math and I hate it!Ē

I took her hand in mine and started tapping on the karate chop point. This isnít new to her as we often do EFT together. So, I proceeded, tapping each setup three times.

Even though I was the only kid in class today that didnít stand up because I wasnít fast enough to finish the math sheet, Iím a great kid anyway.
Even though I felt really stupid (her word) because all the other kids were standing up and they could see that I wasnít done yet, Iím a great kid anyway.
Even though this made me feel sad (her words), Iím a great kid anyway.

We then did a full round of tapping interchanging the phrases Ö I was the only kid not standing up Ö I wasnít fast enough and I felt stupid Ö I felt really sad.

Taking in a deep breath, I then asked her if there was anything else while still tapping the karate chop. Right away she blurted ď I was worried.Ē I asked about what? ď I was worried that the teacher would get mad at me because I didnít know how to do the math like the other kids did.Ē

I felt that this was the core issue for her. The problem for her was being rejected in some way by her teacher. So, I started tapping with her, again saying the setup phrase 3 times.

Even though I was worried that (teacherís Name) would be angry with me because I didnít know how to add the three columns, Iím a great kid anyway.

One full round of the reminder phrase: Worried ( Teachers Name ) would be angry with me We then did a full round changing the reminder phrase:

I was the only one that didnít stand up
I felt stupid
What would ( Teacherís Name ) think?
I was so embarrassed
I felt worried ( Teacherís Name ) would be angry
I was sad that I couldnít add three columns
It was scary (her words)
What would the other kids think?
I donít want (Teacherís Name) to be angry with me
I just wanted to do my best.

She calmed down quite a bit so I felt this was a good place to interchange the negative with some positives. While tapping on the Karate chop:

Even though I was worried (Teacherís Name) would be angry I really only wanted to do my best and Iím an awesome kid anyway.
Even though I had a hard time adding three columns of math, I will remember that learning something new takes practice, and I can practice any time I want.
Even though it seemed hard to add three columns together I can always ask for help because asking for help shows how smart I really am.

Two rounds of Positives Statements

I want to do my best in math
Learning something new takes practice
I can always ask for help
With a little practice I can do anything
Mom says I can do it
I am smart
I can do it
Iím a good student
I like doing math
I like doing math and Iím awesome!

I then showed her step by step how to add the columns and carry over. She was in a much better state of mind to learn. We had some extra practice sheets at home so I gave her one and asked her to finish it. She did in record time. When she was finished I said ďNow you can stand upĒ and gave her a ďHigh FiveĒ. She was just beaming! Afterwards she hugged me and said ď Mom youíre my Hero.Ē WOW! How good did that feel!

By the way I havenít heard any negative statements about math or any other subject at all since this session!