Is your child struggling with what seems to be simple Maths? Have they lost confidence with Maths?
Many high school students today struggle with Maths…why?
Some of the reasons are not understanding their teacher…relying on their calculator and losing their basic Maths skills…not doing enough homework…not studying for tests…and probably other reasons.
The main reason for struggling with Maths I feel is the lack of basic Maths skills…because nearly every student I’ve tutored had poor basic Maths skills. For some reason they didn’t have them….Why?
Not Enough Practice
I think it’s because of not practicing basics Maths skills enough in the junior years of high school and possibly at primary school…for one reason or another.
This results in students not having a strong foundation for Maths beyond the basics.
If your child is struggling with Maths because they don’t have good basic skills then all is not lost. It’s a simple matter to relearn the basics…no matter what year level they are in.
The solution is to learn basic Maths skills and periodically practice these skills if needed. Doing this will keep your child in touch with those skills while they progress through their school years.
If they don’t learn these skills and get back on track then the Maths will only get harder and at some point your child may want to give up Maths.
If your child has been struggling with Maths for a while then 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.
Baby Steps To Start With
It’s important with students who have lost confidence and struggle with Maths to not overload them with too much too soon. It’s all about getting them started on the easy basic skills first. They need to have something they can do so they have some success in their first lesson.
By focusing on only a few areas of basic Maths to start with, your child will be able to develop skills in each of them more easily…getting skilled in these areas then branching out to other areas when the time is right.
Learning basic Maths skills is a building process…building their confidence by helping them get started on relevant Maths exercises in each tutoring lesson. Completing each exercise will build their confidence.
In my Back to Basics Tutoring Your Child
Will practice Basic Arithmetic – this will give them solid basic number skills and confidence with numbers when doing the four basic operations in Maths…adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers.
They’ll learn an easy way of doing operations with positive and negative numbers – this will give them an important tool that they’ll use in harder Maths and confidence in this sometimes misunderstood area of Maths.
They’ll become more confident with the operations of fractions and decimals and
They’ll learn a easy way of solving simple equations – this will give them a head start in this area depending what year they are in.
At some point your child will find that their school work starts to get easier. For some students this is after a couple of weeks of tutoring and for others it can take longer.
Your child will find that they can do maths…that they can do harder questions and not worry about getting the wrong answer…that they can do better in tests…that they can be as good at Maths as even the smartest kids in their class.
Types of Lessons
If your child is really struggling with their school Maths and needs constant help to learn and understand the basics then they may need a few private lessons to get started.
When they’ve learnt enough skills to develop some confidence they may be ready to move into a group.
Small Group Lessons.
In a group lesson your child can develop more confidence than they will in private lessons for a couple of reasons.
Mainly because they’ll be asking and answering questions in front of the other students in the group. If they get used to that then they’ll develop more confidence over time.
And also because they’ll be having a go at the problems on their own. If they can get through them on their own, then they’ll feel more confident about doing similar problems at home on their own.
Your child will also learn from the questions that the other students in the group will ask. And I’ve found that most students like helping each other when I’m busy helping another student.
Is There A Set Format For Group Lessons?
No, there isn’t a set format for group lessons. I don’t teach the students in a group as a group. Each of them works on their own learning program or schoolwork and that will be the same for your child if they join a group lesson.
Learning The Basics
Since starting tutoring in 1999, I devised a Back to Basics program. It consists of worksheet exercises in five areas of Maths: Arithmetic, Integers, Fractions, Decimals and Equations.
In any given lesson your child will be working on at least one of these worksheet exercises. Over time as their confidence and skills develop they’ll get through more exercises in each lesson.
At some point they’ll find they can do some of their school Maths that they’ve been struggling with and they can get help with it in any lesson they want.
The first step before getting started on this program is for you child to have an assessment lesson to find out where they’re at. Too make a booking for this lesson click HERE.
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