I am a graduate student of mathematics. I often feel frustrated due to my inability of solving sums or thinking of a sum as fast as my peers can do.
Let me clarify.
I have noticed whenever I sit to discuss sums or mathematical problems with others or confront a new question in a classroom, I need more time to understand, think and solve a sum than my peers. It’s not that I am unable or afraid of solving hard problems. Of course I love confronting tough problems and can solve many of them.
The problem is about speed. I just can’t solve them or think of them in a speed others of my age can or expected to be. Rather I am much slower than them. The same goes on for understanding a sum, it takes more time for me to understand and visualize a sum, perhaps in the meantime others already have started thinking about its solution. Consequently I had face a tough time in viva or while giving a seminar and someone ask a question. Most of the time the answers came to me after it’s over.
As a result I often doubt myself whether I should be in mathematics or not. Unfortunately I love mathematics.
However it makes me frustrated. Isn’t there value for a slow thinker in mathematics?
Still I don’t know how to be a fast thinker like the usual maths people out there. Is there any way to be as fast as them?
Please help me.