Tutor Doctor | Aug 27, 2015

Why Does My Child Struggle With Math?

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, K-12, K12

We often push our children to do well at math and feel frustrated when they fail. Most of the time, it isn’t simply a case of not working hard enough. Knowing the exact reason why they aren’t performing to their potential is the first step in solving the problem. If your child is smart, but scattered or just not reaching their full potential, examining the underlying cause is the key to future success.

Start by determining whether your child’s math challenges stem from environmental, or individualized reasons.

Environmental Factors

The way in which the material is presented, poor curriculum materials and a lack of resources may prevent your child from understanding complex math concepts. Teachers burdened with large classes have to teach to the middle and don’t have time to go slowly enough for those students who are struggling or fast enough to engage leading students. Consequently they may be teaching to a very small percentage of the class.

If material is not presented in a learning style or way that suits your child, they may be too shy to ask for help in a classroom situation or perhaps there are too many students for the teacher to help individually.

Environmental factors are one of the most common reasons for children falling behind in math and these can be easily overcome with one-one-one tutoring where information can be presented in a learning style and at a pace that suits your child. In-home tutoring means that your child feels confident enough to ask for help in the comfort of their own homes.

Individualized Factors: Attitude

Ever heard your child say; “I can’t do math, it’s too difficult”? Do you say that yourself? Studies show that math is one of the few disciplines that is accessible to all students, no matter their natural abilities. Being good at math is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. While natural talents and abilities will give some students an edge, math is really just about practice. That means that everyone can do well at math, despite what they might believe. Having a ‘can do’ attitude is the most important factor in math success.

Individualized Factors: Skill Set

While everyone can be good at math if they work hard at it, students who have good executive skills have a head start. Executive skills are essential for being a good student and are imperative life skills too. These include the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, initiating tasks and not leaving them to the last possible moment as well as organizational skills.

You can help your student to acquire these skills or get a tutor proficient in imparting both math and executive skills so that your child learns the tools they need to be successful independent learners.

Math is a subject that everyone can do if they have the right tools and are willing to practice. This is good news for those who think that they are hopeless at math and should make you feel hopeful as a parent for a positive outcome in the coming academic year.