Math is the analytical learning of numbers, patterns, and quantity. People usually believe it is something that only certain people are born with and cannot be learned, but in fact, with the right strategy, many students can understand Math.
Below are 8 tips that can help students improve in math:
One of the most important aspects of learning and mastering the concepts of math is to practice them thoroughly. Short practice sessions a few times a week, followed by an enjoyable math learning activity, is a great way to build math practice into a child’s routine. If a child has more difficulty in a specific area of math, those concepts should be practiced more frequently.
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2. Analyze Mistakes:
If your child makes a mistake, analyze the problem with them and try to derive the answer again. Go step by step through the problem with them. Recreate similar problems to determine if progress is being made.
3. Get Assistance:
Encourage your child or student to ask for assistance when they feel stuck. If you unsure how to help your child, proper assistance, such as tutoring can help straighten out the issue.
4. Work with a Study Partner:
A study partner can help you feel more motivated and engaged in the study session, even when that partner is a parent or sibling. A partner can also help you remember concepts or provide you with materials to look at.
5. Pay Attention to Your Focus During Lessons:
Taking notes on topics can help you remain attentive. Listen for key points and write them down. Ask the teacher what points to listen for if you are unsure. The more attentive you are in class, the less work you will have to do outside of class.
6. Test Your Self When Studying:
Make or purchase flashcards. Create self-made quizzes.
7. Use Manipulative Tools and Relatable Topics:
Relate math problems and topics to real-life scenarios children can make sense of and understand. Use materials that children can see and manipulate to help them understand and create/recreate the problems.
8. Master Topics One at a Time:
It is important to learn one math concept before moving on to the next, as skills are acquired in math. For example, a child must understand counting before they can understand addition. They must understand number recognition before they can solve a written math equation.
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Rachel Wise is the author and founder of Education and Behavior. Rachel created Education and Behavior in 2014 for adults to have an easy way to access research-based information to support children in the areas of learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. As a survivor of abuse, neglect, and bullying, Rachel slipped through the cracks of her school and community. Education and Behavior hopes to play a role in preventing that from happening to other children. Rachel is also the author of Building Confidence and Improving Behavior in Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.
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