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.
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.