How you can help your child improve in Math.
Take notes. If the teacher writes it in class, make certain that you write exactly what is on the board.
Keep up with the notes. Take the notebook home when you will be working on assignments or studying for test.
Don’t throw notes away. Today’s notes may help you to complete homework next month.
Write neatly when taking notes and doing problems. Messy, unorganized papers are difficult to read the next day and sometimes impossible to decipher in a week or more.
Label notes and homework assignments with date, page number, and unit/chapter name.
Ask questions. Simply stating,“I don’t get it” and “I don’t understand” over and over isn’t enough. Practice using some of the “smart questioning” techniques.
I don’t understand _______ part or step.
I don’t understand _______vocabulary word.
Could you repeat _______ part or step?
How did you get _______?
Why did you _______ (multiply, divide, add, subtract, invert, etc…)?
Could you restate the problem with different words?
What part of the word problem let you know to do that?
Maintain a positive attitude while working on math. Understand that math is process; you probably won’t get it right the first try everytime.
Use problem-solving strategies to solve challenging problems.
Read the problem more than one time.
Identify important information in the problem (doing words, necessary numbers, outcome…).
Use available tools or drawings.
Don’t ask for help at the first “hard part” or uncertainty. Parents - don’t be too eager to help. It’s important that students learn to persevere.
Refer back to class notes or texts.