You have completed your questionnaire. Based on your responses, we crafted a customized report for you.Keep reading to find out our recommendations for your child for reaching their main math goal, their potential for improvement and the exact reasons why they are struggling with math.
Your child math understanding seems strong. Their test scores are high and they finish most or all of their homework. But their test scores aren’t consistent enough for a straight A. Too often, they stumble upon a problem on a test, that they are unsure about or have no idea how to solve. It’s always a disappointment, and it really prevents them from reaching beyond 90% overall grade.
Your child needs help covering math thoroughly, bridging the gap between the homework and tests. They are strong in math, so the goal is to cover the top 10-20% of the problems, to reach thorough and comprehensive understanding – the level needed for a straight A. They need help expanding beyond homework, when homework doesn’t cover everything or doesn’t cover the specific problems your child needs help with.
Straight A is what your child needs for their GPA, as well as to be prepared and confident for future, higher-level math classes. Perhaps they are planning on taking (or are taking) AP or Honors classes which require additional effort and more in-depth understanding.
What does your child do when they don’t understand math in class? Do they conclude they just don’t have what it takes? Do they say that they are simply ‘stupid’? Have they tried asking questions, and didn’t get the answers? Perhaps they tried “studying harder”, without better results. Did they finish and review homework, and still aren’t doing well?
The good news is, your child is able to understand math easier – understand much more without studying more. The bad news is, if they use the simplistic and ineffective methods used at school – doing homework, watching videos, “solving more problems” – they won’t improve.
Your child needs to change the way they learn math. Classrooms are based on 2 key ineffective learning methods: passive learning and homework.
Your child needs to focus on active learning. They need to solve problems actively, using step by step methods. Watching videos and reading examples from the book isn’t enough. This is a mistake children make at all levels of math, from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Your child needs to solve at least 3 problems of each type, to gain an in-depth understanding.
They need to ask questions and make mistakes, instead of being afraid of them. If their teacher’s answers are not satisfactory, your child should ask their tutor or go to the tutorial center. Finally, they need to refresh and strengthen their math fundamentals. Their class doesn’t cover those, most teachers incorrectly assume that children have learned and mastered them – which is a false assumption. Strengthening the fundamentals will help your child speed up, improve their confidence and be able to redirect their attention in class, and during studying, to understanding of the new concepts instead of digging through the fundamental math operations.