Were you always bad at math? Does math make you feel uneasy? You might be suffering from math anxiety, a feeling of tension, apprehension, or even fear that interferes with the ability to do math. This aversion starts at a very early age, said Henry Chui, CEO of online learning platform Zap Zap Math which won the of Best Startup of the Year award at last week’s RISE 2017 conference in Hong Kong.

“When kids are at an early age they are active and they want to create and explore, but math is a subject where they are forced to sit down and actually grind it out,” Chui told  TechNode. “At a very early age, kids develop a mindset thinking that math is very difficult and it’s really for smart people that have a good memory.”

What is even more troubling is that even primary school teachers themselves sometimes suffer from math anxiety, he added. Nevertheless, both teachers and parents know that math will become even more important in the next decades.

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Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.