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’s homework and test scores are high but they aren’t progressing as fast as they could. In school math, they rarely encounter problems they aren’t sure about. Their class doesn’t move forward fast and your child, given the right approach and personal attention, could be progressing 2-3X faster. In addition to that, they like math so they welcome extra challenges. The problem is, school doesn’t challenge them enough, and your child’s math potential and enthusiasm is diminished.
Your child needs help covering and expanding on the most difficult topics. Firstly, most challenging problems from the topics they are covering in class. Secondly, expanding those topics to higher levels of complexity. Moreover, connecting the current material with higher-level topics from 1-2 grades ahead. Finally: interesting, fun and challenging problems they will never see in class, from competitions, analytical challenges and more.
Your child likes math and challenge and you want them to take advantage of that. You want to provide them with opportunities to progress faster, understand more math, have fun with it, challenge themselves, and increase their confidence. Your child is often bored with school math at their level. Instead, you want them to be excited about math, excited about their progress and what they are learning.
A lot of children lack confidence in math.
Unfortunately, your child is one of them.
Fortunately, confidence is not this mysterious quality unachievable for most.
Your child can develop confidence and maintain it. It doesn’t require great math skills or special talents. But it does take consistency and methodical approach.
To become more confident, your child needs to learn methodically. Start with basic examples and truly analyze them in-depth and understand them. Only then, should they move on to more challenging ones. Instead, a lot of children do problems in random order and get frustrated when, as a result, they aren’t able to solve advanced problems. How could they, if they haven’t learned how to solve the intermediate ones?
Hence, to develop confidence, your child needs to gradually increasing the level of difficulty of the problems they solve and attempt to solve them with less and less guidance.
To be confident in their ability to solve variety of different problems, including challenging examples and special cases, your child needs to use the Rule of 3 – solve each problem type until they solve 3 consecutive problems correctly.
While applying all of these methods, your child needs to remember that making mistakes and struggling through problems is the essence of learning. It is not the reason to feel discouraged, it’s a sign that they are challenging themselves. The key point is to face problems that are challenging but attainable.