How To Help Your Child Succeed In Math

Evelyn Saenz cc by Flickr
Evelyn Saenz cc by Flickr

Not every student has the attribute for math. Having success with this subject takes patience and a willingness to learn. When asked what subject students like the most, math is at a very low percentile. However, studies show that math can accelerate learning for high school and ultimately college students. The more math classes a student takes in high school the better his or her chances of getting a college degree.

Math helps with other subjects: Specifically, study showed that math help students advice from a “B” grade to an “A” grade in other science classes. Consequently, experts recommend that high school student take more elective math class than any other high school electives. Nevertheless, this is not an easy task since both students and parents score very low in math assessments at middle and high school levels. Not all is lost when parents understand that developing a strong math foundation will help students overcome any math weakness. If parents diligently work with their student at all grade levels, they too can have math success stories.

A foundation: To help lay a strong math foundation parents should extend study time to include math drills and incorporate supplementary learning. With the use of supplementary tools, students can learn many math tricks and skills that will give them  an advantage during assessments. The confidence levels of students will raise as they continue to use these extended learning tools. The love of math and interest in other math subjects can also manifest as parents and students sit at the table to learn and practice the areas suggested by supplementary learning guides.

Tutoring: Parents can also develop their students math abilities by enrolling them in after school tutorial programs and if feasible private tutoring. In these tutorial sessions, students receive one on one instructions as they re-learn areas of math that they could not grasp in the classroom. Tutoring also serves as an excellent opportunity to reinforce classroom instructions.

Self-help: Another great way to develop math skills comes from having students tutor each other or better yet, their parents. When you teach others, what you know becomes more apparent. In tutoring others, the learned information and rules of math becomes more and more familiar.

Music make smart: Music helps improve math skills. Parents, if at all feasible, have your children learn to play an instrument. As music students learns to read music, it triggers a level of aptitude in the brain that makes learning easier. The power of music can only be experienced with consistency. Long time music students enjoy math and rarely if ever finds math difficult. Consequently, children should learn to play an instrument at a very early age, it sharpens their aptitude. The World Wide Web can be another venue for improving students’ math aptitude. The cyber world contains unlimited resources of tutorial DVDs, books, videos and practice tools. This place serves every area of your children’s learning abilities and can help meet students need. This world also, offers an opportunity for students to learn innovative math skills once they connect to the appropriate education tools. When the right connection happens the potential to learn and develop is bountiful.

Math is a difficult subject to many but once the unknowns of mathematical equations are understood, it becomes as easy as one, two, and three.