This is what I find with nearly all of the students who come to me for tutoring. They’re struggling with basic Maths and relying on their calculator to do simple Maths. Not having basic skills is making it much more difficult for them to understand harder Maths.
Are Any Of These Happening To Your Child?
- They have no confidence with Maths and may dread going to lessons at school because they know that they’re one of the ones who can’t do Maths.
- They’re putting off doing homework because they don’t really understand how to do it.
- They’re nervous when there’s a Maths test and they spend the night before worrying about failing it.
- They might even feel like there’s something wrong them because they struggle with Maths.
- They’re falling behind at school.
These are some of the tell tale signs of students who struggle with Maths.
If this is your child, then all is not lost. It’s a simple process to relearn the basics…no matter what year level your child is in and no matter how long they’ve been struggling.
To make progress from where they are, it’s essential that they learn and practice the basic skills that they’ve either forgotten or didn’t learn in the first place.
This will give them confidence as they stair step they way to the level of their school Maths they’re struggling with.
If they learn these basics, they’ll have confidence with them. They’ll also have the underlying foundations of all the harder Maths they’re struggling with.
On the other hand, if they don’t learn these skills, the Maths will only get harder and at some point your child may want to give up Maths.
Small Steps To Start With
If your child has lost confidence and is struggling with Maths, it’s important that they’re not overloaded with too much too soon. It’s all about getting them started on the easy basic Maths skills first. They need to practice something they can do so they can have some success in their first lesson.
In addition to this, your child will be able to develop skills more easily by focusing on only a few areas of basic Maths to start with. Getting skilled in these areas, then branching out to other areas when the time is right.
Learning basic Maths skills is a step by step building process that will involve helping your child to get started on relevant Maths exercises in each tutoring lesson. When they complete each exercise and get most or all of the answers correct, this will boost their confidence.
Back To Basics Maths Tutoring
My back to basics Maths tutoring program will give your child:
- Confidence with Maths.
- A willingness to try harder questions without the fear of getting the wrong answer.
- Better results at school.
As your child learns (or re-learns) and practices the basics, their skills & confidence will grow. At some point they’ll find that:
- Their school work is starting to get easier to do.
- They can do Maths.
- It doesn’t hurt them when they get the wrong answer.
- They’re getting better at Maths.
After a few lessons your child will start to get into a routine with the exercises. They’ll have learnt some skills which they’ll continue to practice to higher levels and they’ll find it easier to learn new concepts and skills.
Their self doubt will slowly but surely fade away and their confidence will grow as they reach the higher levels of each exercise.
I’ve seen this happen hundreds of times with my students. They come into their next lesson with more confidence. Something’s shifted in them during the week since their previous lesson. They have a new focus and they are ready, to do Maths.
Note: Your child’s success and results will depend largely on how much effort they put in.
In their first lesson your child will do a basic skills test. Then I’ll help them to get started on some of the areas of weakness that show up in the test.
They’ll practice the relevant skills by doing one or more exercises for the remainder of the lesson. If they get stuck or need help with any questions, I’m there to help them.
Most importantly they’ll experience success in this first lesson by doing some or all of the exercises correctly. This will give them an initial boost of confidence that will grow from lesson to lesson.
Towards the end of the lesson I’ll give them a homework sheet based on one of the exercises they completed.
In on-going lessons your child will be working through their individually designed Back to Basics worksheet program that will target the specific areas that showed up in their basic skills test.
They can also bring their schoolwork to each lesson if they need help with it. However the primary focus in the first few lessons is to get them started on learning some key basic skills to help them build their confidence.
If your child likes the way I teach them and does the homework I give them, their confidence and understanding of Maths will grow and their results at school will show some improvement.
How much improvement will depend largely on how much effort they put in.
A Program that will Help Your Child
You might be thinking “Will this back to basics program work for my child?” You need to be thinking “What will happen if this program does work for my child?”
All of my past students who worked through this program found that after a while their school Maths was easier to do. They still got stuck on some of the harder questions but they didn’t have the same worry about not being able to do them. They knew that once it was explained to them they would get it.
They could relax meanwhile and enjoy their free time. They had the confidence of knowing that they could try those harder questions and it didn’t matter if they couldn’t do them.
Your child doesn’t have to be Mathematically inclined to be good at Maths, they just need to be engaged in the learning process and then practice it.
This program will give your child what they are not getting at school – confidence with Maths, a willingness to try harder questions without fear and better results at school.
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0410 577 469
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