With the back to school season in full swing, many students are beginning to receive homework and learn new skills. When parents call for tutoring, one of the most common questions we hear is: How can I help my daughter or son with math?
With that in mind, below are some great Math tips from our tutors designed for students of all ages:
Practice Makes Perfect
- Homework can be an opportunity for students to reinforce the concepts they learned in class. Schedule a regular time and location so your child develops a routine they are comfortable with.
- There are tons of excellent Math apps and games online to supplement learning in the classroom and help students of all ages learn different types of concepts
Connect Math with the Real World:
- Any opportunity parents have to emphasize math in the real world helps make the concepts more relevant
- For younger children: consider measuring ingredients, counting the time and tracking scores of favourite sports teams.
- For more older students: use algebra to figure out travel time, geometry for building projects and exponents for financial literacy.
Collaborate to Solve Math Problems Together
- There are often times multiple ways to solve a math problem. Be creative with your child to identify the different strategies they could use rather than focusing on the answer or a specific process.
- Encourage your child to ask questions to you and their teacher. Asking questions is an important part of the learning process and helps students build confidence.
- As your child makes an error on a test or homework assignment – use that as a learning opportunity. Work together to learn the logic behind the mistake and how the math problem can be done correctly in the future.
Ensure Students Have a Strong Base
- For younger students, use math apps and flash cards to practice areas like multiplication tables
- As students move into more senior grades, having a strong knowledge of prior math concepts like algebra becomes increasingly important
- As you are working with your child, challenge them to ensure they do not only focus on the answer, but what the answer means and the process they went through to calculate it.