Help Your Child Cope Better With Math!
by Richard Pidial
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It is not easy for parents to help with maths since the way they learnt at school is different to how their children are taught today. So, how can they be helped? And what is worse, every child’s learning abilities vary vastly and everyone learns at a different pace. Some are just quick learners, while others find it hard to cope. Retention can also contribute to children lagging behind in class. If what is learnt at school is not reinforced children tend to forget and as a result struggle in maths.
So, how can this gap be minimized or even closed?
There are a few ways of accomplishing this.
First, reinforce what is learnt at school.
Private tutoring could be a solution, but it comes with a price tag.
Afternoon classes can also help provided parents have the time to drop off and pick up their kids.
Another option which is gaining popularity is online learning.
However, to find a course that fits in with your child’s ability and individual needs can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, as all courses are not made equal.
It’s not easy to tell which one could work for your child and which one won’t.
Bill and Galite are parents who have long been searching for a solution for their children and were no stranger to the helplessness and angst most parents go through when looking for a method of learning that can fit in like gloves.
Here is how they managed to get over that hurdle and been able to finally set their children on the path to success.
The tiny edge
All that children need is that tiny edge that can boost their way to success.
If a child is having problems remembering classroom lessons and struggling with homework, it would be next to impossible to cope with later school years.
Those kids would find every year harder and harder until they finally have no other options but to drop out of maths.
In a case study, Professor Glenda Thome from the Centre for Development and Learning says:
“She has trouble remembering the steps in maths problems even though she seems to understand the concepts. Martha also has a hard time remembering what she has just read and also the directions her teachers give orally in class.”
Professor Thome added:
“They may have trouble with solving maths calculation problems that involve multiple steps, such as long division or problems in algebra, because in order to solve these problems they need to access information about maths facts from long-term memory while remembering what they have just done and what they need to do next. They often have tremendous trouble with word problems in maths because they are unable to keep all the information on their mental “plate” while they are deciding what information is most relevant and what process they need to use to solve the problem”.
Most people enjoy watching movies. We can all remember a movie and would be able to recount it in all its details.
Children are no different – they would memorise every detail of a movie so they could brag about it at recess.
Similarly, when the solution of any given question unfolds step- by-step in a systematic manner,same as a scene unfolding in a movie, a child unconsciously captures and memorises it.
There is no difference.
There may be a need to review it again for the whole concept to ‘sink in’ before it is completely grasped – partly because it’s ‘learning’ which means ‘chore’ –as opposed to watching a movie for enjoyment.
The principle is the same.
And if it’s helping the student understand and make their life easier - like finishing homework quicker –so be it!
Children would, without a doubt, start learning effectively and coping better with maths.
If you want to learn more about this method of learning, please click here.