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My daughter is a good student but I feel that recently she is finding it hard to learn the complicated mathematical concepts.
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Have you thought about hiring a tutor for the summer months? It might be a great opportunity for a high school or college student. They could provide more of a peer-to-peer interaction that could make it easier for your daughter to connect. It would be helpful for her to have some one-on-one assistance vs. the classroom experience.
Mathematics is such an important subject in our increasingly technological world and can open so many doors when it comes to later studies and career choices. There are two components that I think are vital for mathematics competency and that is enjoyment and mastery. If math is seen as a difficult subject to be feared, it can lead to math anxiety and can affect performance. Students often miss a small concept in the earlier stages of their math learning which can go on to problems in the future.
If your daughter is struggling, it might be a good idea to go a little bit backwards in her work and do some revision to ensure that she has mastered the concepts needed to tackle this more difficult work.
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I love the idea of the app mentioned in this thread! Will have a look myself.
I agree with learning the basics first but also to perhaps find a peer that understands maths concepts well and that your child might be able to sit and do homework with together. I’ve also personally found tutors really helpful in this space and now there are opportunities for online tutors as well if this something that appeals to your family.
I, too, never enjoyed math. I was always happy to hand over this section of homework help to my math-talented husband.
We are big on getting tutors in the summer for our kids to help them master school skills and get them prepared for the following year. In addition, I always had my children do reading and math work over the summer. It was their summer morning routine to do chores, read and do math pages before they had the rest of the day off to enjoy fun summer activities.
My daughters laugh about it today, but now I see that they do the same for their children.
I know that I never could help my kiddos with math once they reached high school, but I am sure there are friends, family, or experts out there who can assist your daughter in the area in which she struggles.
I think the first thing you and your child should do is master the basics. For instance, you need to master addition and subtraction before you can be at your best in multiplication and division. My 13-year-old used to have difficulties with fractions, decimals, and even exponents. I really thought he was just a little lazy to solve word problems, but lo and behold, homeschooling made me discover that my child has not mastered the 4 basic operations which were expected of his age.
I suggest you sit down with your kid and observe how he solves certain equations or word problems. From there, you will notice where he is having difficulty. Once you know his waterloo, do not hesitate to go back to lessons even if it seems to be too simple for his age or grade level. There are a lot of resources you can find online but I got my kids' Math and English worksheets at K5learning.com. You can find a lot of exercises according to grade level and topics.
It will also help if you establish a routine for your child for his math mastery. For example, in our house, we allot at least 30-45 minutes of completing worksheets every day during vacation. This will make my kids catch up if ever they are a little behind with the expected comptencies for their age and level.