# Procedural Math versus Conceptual Math

What's the difference?

**Procedural Math**

Addressing the "how" to do a math problem.

Memorizing what steps to take in solving a math problem.

Applying procedures to solve a math problem.

**Conceptual Math**

Addressing the "why" in math procedures taken to solve a problem.

Understanding and interpreting concepts in math problems.

Building upon prior math knowledge for problem-solving.

At Why Hate Math we focus on combining both procedural math and conceptual math. Our tutors do this to give students a full view of understanding how to solve a math problem as well as why those steps are being taken.