Some quick background: I am 28 yo, have been out of school for a while, but active in learning to code, and do a lot of research whenever i hit a roadblock, mainly math etc. I plan to go back to school and finally graduate, then maybe start a SoftEng. program. I do not want to leave my education up to our horrible system, since I've done only basic math up to the graduation year, which makes me sick.

I found a roadmap from a poster on Quora , who gave a list:

  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry etc.

and says that geometry is great because one gets a good background in proofs. Now, sadly, all i've seen in school, is basic geometry, basic formulas etc, no proofs or derivations whatsoever. Up to a few days ago I thought that's what geometry was. Not being a naive person, I delved into the 1st chapter of Kiselev's book, thought it was a great, super-condensed read, then the questions baffled me. I am supposed to proof this stuff, that seems logic to me!? Allthough it seemed simple at the first look of the questions, I found out I was sincerely lost.

Now I feel super alienated, but want to start from scratch all the way up.

Could you please refer me a good resource or some sort of roadmap in order to get proficient at proofs and the like.

I want to start with a 'clean slate' in math, because I've hated it in school, and now i'm falling in love with it.

I know I can learn 'anything', but judging the 'niveau' of the book, I feel really scared now, and hope I can make up for the lost time and education.

I hope somebody can relate, Thank you very much for your time!!!


Of course one way to learn math is to do math.

But, in your situation, you might be better off starting not with a Math book but with a book about how to math.

Like How to Prove it by DJ Velleman

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for posting that book! I had a go at it for a few hours, really great to begin looking at this matter in a more logical way, and learning how to read and express logic in words or some other set of expressions. $\endgroup$ – Garson Sven Mar 10 '17 at 18:35

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