I was having a conversation with a nursing student who stated that she gets very nervous around certain instructors of hers. She said that even if she knows the right answer she gets so nervous that she stumble over her words. I told her that her instructors are not trying to intimidate her but to give her understanding of the material she is learning. I also told her to have a talk with the instructor that scares her and tell the instructor how she feels. I hope it works out for her.
I still harbor an extreme hatred for math due to a teacher in second grade that told me I could never understand the concept of math. Till this day I have a blindspot to understanding mathematical concepts. I am doing better but I use an electrical backup.