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#### veronica1999

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- Jun 4, 2012

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My name is Veronica and I am in middle school.

I love math and like doing random math problems.

(I think I am quite good and learned a lot from doing random problems

but I do have to admit there are huge gaps in what I know)

Now the teachers are advising my parents to have me stop doing the contest problems, and focus on the textbooks.

They are saying that the contest problems are slowing me down and creating serious gaps in what I know.

I am already three years ahead of my classmates. I think if I focused on finishing the textbooks, I could take the AP calculus exam next year.

But why do I have to finish so fast?

The teacher said that if I trust her and focus on the textbooks I can do statistics, multivariable calculus, and linear algebra all in high school and this should help me be a better mathlete.

I find this hard to believe because contest problems and textbook math is really different.

Contest problems are really exciting and I can sit for hours with one problem.

Can't I just keep on doing what I like?

If I focus on textbooks, would that really make me a better mathlete?

~Veronica