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 scores are high or perhaps even 100%, but that doesn’t carry over to their grades on tests and quizzes, which causes them a lot of frustration (and it’s also very confusing for you). Your child’s level of fundamentals is low. Some concepts are easy for them while others are very challenging. Your child understands most problems, but has hard time solving them independently, especially under pressure (thus, low quiz and test scores).
Your child needs help bridging the gap between their homework and tests. That involves learning how to solve problems independently. Using deep learning to really understand math concepts including special cases and challenging problem types. They need help using homework to learn, instead of simply completing it. They also need help strengthening their fundamentals, for this and future math classes.
Doing well on homework and struggling with tests makes your child lose their confidence more and more. Putting in the effort with no results, over and over again, makes them very frustrated and discouraged. Your child already struggles with independent solving and losing even more confidence is only adding to the problem.
Your child, like many other children, struggles with math fundamentals. Math fundamentals come up and will continue to come up in every math problem your child will ever encounter so it is critical that they continuously review them, to remain confident and fluent in their fundamental skills, at any level. Shockingly, many teachers incorrectly assume that fundamentals are easy – and don’t explain them. As a result, many children don’t learn them well. Hence, your child likely never did. Or perhaps they learned them a long time ago and didn’t get a chance to refresh their knowledge and practice them recently.
Many teachers simply assume that children already know the fundamentals and don’t see the necessity to review them at all – which is a huge mistake!
Your child needs to independently practice the fundamentals that pertain to the concepts they are currently learning because, unfortunately, they won’t get that practice in class. Most fundamentals aren’t very challenging but they often do have variations, and they tend to be detailed. That’s why your child needs to solve a large number of examples, to gain confidence and speed. Math fundamentals occur in every single math problem your child will ever encounter so it is absolutely critical that they master them, to gain high level of confidence and proficiency.
After they master solving pure fundamental problems, your child should also understand and practice applications of fundamentals, to bridge the gap between pure math operations and how they work in multi-step problems. Most children skip this step and end up struggling.