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.
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.