How to Eliminate Your Child’s Middle-school Math Monsters
- Jul 25, 2016
- Sudipto Das
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It’s a common notion of children to consider math as a troublesome subject. To say it more clearly, we should say that they don’t differ between mathematics and monster. In some cases, it’s seen that the student has developed an idea that he can never improve in this subject. The trick is to eliminate that monster on one hand and make the subject interesting on the other. You have to make the fear a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. But how can you do that? We’ll try to provide you with some ways that can come in handy for this job.
Talk and realise
This is basically the first step toward the solution. You must realise the source of the problem to get to the matter. Talking it out is the best way to make your child spill out the issue. We advise you to make the approach from your end. That approach would be more effective. After you have gone through the problem, make your child realise that that is not the end of the world. There are still huge scopes of improvement. Just try hard to lift up his/her spirits. That’s the first step to this solution.
Start from beginning
The most important way of solving these problems is to start from the beginning that is from the basics. Children tend to develop the math anxiety from various basic misconceptions that are developed at a very early age. Try to curb them out. To know about these misconceptions you can take a look at this article that’s divided into three parts (part 1, part 2 and part 3). Learning a specific math concept has a definite requirement. The learner should have the knowledge of the immediate previous concept that came before or those specific concepts upon which the new one has a base. The student might have the problem because of the previous concepts that are related to this new concept that s/he is going to learn. Try to find out those previous concepts first in which s/he has the problem, rectify them and get on with the new one. You’ll see the change.
Help them develop problem-solving skills
Building problem-solving skills is a significant criterion of improving the performance in mathematics. You should try to explain it to your child. The best way to solve a complex problem is to divide the problem into achievable small targets. That makes the task easier and will also help them to manage time effectively. Time management is not only a part and parcel of mathematics but it’s also pretty important in other educational fields as well as in daily life. Therefore, these skills will definitely be beneficial for them in the long run.
Point out the building blocks of a problem
Each math problem constitutes a number of math operations that can be considered the building blocks of that specific problem. You should try to point those blocks out to your child. Make them understand that if they perform those procedures in a step by step fashion, they’ll surely come to the result. Do tell them to avoid jumping steps because that’s a common source of many errors. Let’s explain this with an example which in this case is an algebraic equation. An algebraic equation contains many algebraic operations like additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions. You must see to it that your child is able to perform all these operations effectively and separately. Only then, you should proceed to the equations. Ask them to follow the BODMAS rule and perform the operations in a step by step fashion. That should definitely be beneficial.
Ask for a pro
We know that you would try your best to eliminate your child’s math monster but sometimes it is pretty beneficial to ask for a pro who has the ability to supervise such education. We know how frustrating it can be for your child to keep doing the same mistakes over and over again. The point is s/he is actually trying to do his/her best but at the same time, failure keeps coming in his/her way. That’s a problem. Professional math tutors can handle that situation on your behalf and keep your child’s frustration at bay. This is a definite solution indeed.
Just remember that you should always encourage your child while s/he is engaged in mathematics. Do not ever express frustration in his/her mistakes because that’ll certainly lower his confidence level and you’ll have to go back to the place where all of it started. Encourage him that it can be done and tell him that you believe that s/he will be able to do it. This instils belief in your kid which is the solution to half of your problems. With this, we’ll conclude our article. Hope you had a good read.
Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.
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