For many students (and their parents) math presents an academic hurdle.
Necessary for many career paths, some students have no choice but to take
math as an academic subject. Regardless of your skills in math, there
are ways in which you can provide your student with encouragement and
help. The best thing to do is deal with your math mental blocks as soon
as possible so that you and your student can excel.
Dealing with difficulties
Make sure you communicate with your student often and keep a keen eye
on grades to ensure that your student isn’t experiencing difficulties.
Each new academic math year builds on the lessons learned in previous
years. If building blocks of knowledge are missing, then math will just
become harder and harder. The best way to deal with math problems is to
go back and find the missing foundation blocks and fill them in. If you
can’t help your student with math, consider an
One-on-one tutors come to your home to help your students. They are experts at finding the
missing building blocks and filling them in. They are also experts at
finding your student’s learning style and then presenting information
in a way they can understand. In-home tutors also work closely with your
students to establish study schedules, to practice for tests and exams
and help build their confidence.
Don’t pass it on
If you have a bad relationship with math, try not to pass on your negative
attitudes to your students. If your students are struggling, be sure to
reassure then and help to build their confidence. Participate with their
math mission by encouraging them and having faith in them.
Have your students teach you math. This will help them to make sense of
their math curriculum and helps to reinforce lessons learned. If you don’t
have the time, ask your student’s teacher about tutoring activities.
Most schools get older students to tutor younger ones. This is a great
way to get your students to go over their foundation building blocks of
math and reinforce these lessons. This will really help them understand
the more complex math problems.
Incorporate math into your life
Help students to incorporate math into their everyday life. For example,
if you are at a restaurant, get your students to work out the tip as a
percentage of the bill. Ask them to add up the prices of items when you
are shopping and work out what percentage discounts will amount to.
Math is a difficult subject for most students to master. Success requires
patience, perseverance and your support. Be sure to consider an in-home
tutor if your student is struggling; the longer you leave it, the more
difficult it will be for them to catch up.