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.
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.