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.
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.