Does your child get anxious or even cry before math tests?
Do they get so anxious that they simply refuse to study math?
Do they “freeze” during tests, leave problems blank even when they know how to solve them?
If so, you need to alleviate your child's suffering as soon as possible.
Math anxiety is, unfortunately, too common.
Are you wondering why your child is suffering from it?
There may be many causes:
- your child may be anxious about doing well under pressure – particularly on tests.
- your child may be stressed out about solving challenging problems they are not confident about.
- your child may be stressed out about math in general – getting stuck, not understanding it and feeling “stupid”.
- your child may have had bad math experiences – bad teachers, low grades or impatient tutors.
You need to alleviate your child's anxiety as soon as possible.
By eliminating its root cause.
Imagine that every time you solve a problem, you make mistakes you just can't figure out...
no matter how hard you try.
That's what doing homework feels like to your child.
Endless stream of problems...
every single one reminding them how much they don't know.
Add to that being stressed out by a time limit...
and now you know what your child experiences during tests.
Your child wants to do well! They want to make you proud. They want to do as well as their friends.
But they are not prepared well enough. They don't have strong math foundations, so they solve problems slower. They study “shallow” so they have seen most of the problems, but they don't remember them in detail. Maybe they saw the teacher solve them, but they can't solve them independently.
So they struggle during tests, stress out, make mistakes, stress out more and run out of time.
On top of that, they lack confidence so they question their work every step of the way...
even if it's correct!
All of these issues contribute to their anxiety.
Every time they do math, they feel overwhelmed, stuck and hopeless.
They feel like a failure.
They feel stupid.
What a lot of our clients found, is that being well prepared for tests significantly reduces or eliminates these anxieties.
When your child is well-prepared, the guess-work is gone.
They know exactly what to do, and how to do it.
They aren't anxious.
They are confident.
They have a crystal-clear vision of how to solve problems.
When their fundamentals are strong, they can solve problems quicker because they don't get stuck on small steps over and over... and over again.
They see a problem,
they know what to do,
and how to do it.
No stress. No anxiety.
There are 3 first steps your child needs to take to eliminate their math anxiety.
- use deep learning and practice fundamentals to gain a thorough understanding of concepts, which means your child won't feel anxious about encountering challenging or surprising problems on the tests, and will confidently solve any problem that might occur
- learn solving and thinking independently to get through problems with no guidance, so they stop being anxious about getting stuck and are able to trust their abilities and knowledge without asking anyone for help
- practice multiple variations of problems to gain exposure to variety of cases that might occur on tests (even those that homework doesn't cover), which means your child will stop getting anxious about encountering problems or cases that weren't covered in the homework or in class, and can be confident in their ability to perform well, whether or not homework is comprehensive (and we already know it is not)