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.
Does your child struggle to truly understand math?
Do they say they understand concepts “for the most part” but frequently struggle with problems? Most children do!
During our meet-and-greet sessions, we frequently meet with A- and B-students at all math levels, including students taking Advanced and Honors classes. Even though they are getting decent grades and have a good understanding of the concepts, it doesn’t take more than several minutes to find problems they have no idea how to solve. It’s shocking!
To truly understand math, your child needs to expand beyond school’s surface-level fixation on homework and tests. They need to stop thinking that solving several examples and finishing homework is enough. It isn’t. They need to stop thinking in terms of grades. They need to start thinking in terms of solving. One of the most common issues with math is the difference between the homework scores and test scores. Many parents are shocked to find out that a good homework score doesn’t mean their child mastered the material. Not even close!
Your child needs to go beyond homework: focus on variations of problems, combinations of concepts, analysis of mistakes, step by step understanding and asking “why” questions. Variations of problems and combinations will allow your child to see concepts from different angles and perspectives. It will allow them to see how the elements of concepts connect and interact. That, along with in-depth analysis of their mistakes will promote step-by-step understanding. By using this learning style, they will understand math at much deeper level than they can ever reach in class.