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.
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.