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Why Do Kids Struggle with Geometry?

Jul 29, 2019

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Why do kids struggle with Geometry?

Geometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with the properties, measurement, and relations of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids.  In layman’s terms it is math applied to pictures.   Many people say it is creative rather than analytical, and students often have trouble making the leap between Algebra and Geometry.  They are required to use their spatial and logical skills instead of the analytical skills they were accustomed to using in Algebra


There are 3 major reasons students struggle with Geometry://

1.  They don’t understand and can’t apply the vocabulary to decode the problem.

2.  They can’t see or recognize all of the pieces that go into making up the Geometry problem.

3.  They struggle with the Algebra skills involved in doing Geometry, which means they didn’t retain some of their skills from last year.

Most Geometry problems are given in terms of pictures.  It is probably one of the first times in a student’s Mathematical career that the problem hasn’t been completely spelled out for them.  If they don’t pick up on the subtle clues given in the picture, they aren’t able to decode the problem.  The information they need is all there, they just don’t recognize it as useful.  Vocabulary plays a critical role in this process.  If you don’t know what a bisector is and what it does, how are you going to be able to solve a problem involving one? 


Another common struggle we see is that students are impatient with the decoding process.  One picture in a problem can contain many steps before you get to the final answer.  Just because you are looking for the value of one angle doesn’t mean you can ignore the rest of the picture.  There is usually a progression of finding one piece of information that helps you find another that helps you find another, and so on until you get to your final answer.  Students need to know how and where to start the problem, so they can work their way to the answer.  They also need to be patient as they work thoroughly through the entire process.



Many kids are surprised by the amount of Algebra there is in Geometry. Their first initial thought is, “I finished Algebra last year! It’s not supposed to be in Geometry!” Come to find out that we use Algebra everywhere in Geometry, especially with the problem solving.  If they have forgotten their Algebra skills after one summer break, this is going to be very troublesome when they get to Algebra II next year.


Next we need to sit down and talk with you and your child to analyze where they are currently in Geometry. Then we can develop a strategy to catch them up!


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What is @Home?

  • Mathnasium@Home is the same quality math education you’re used to from Mathnasium delivered on a new online platform. 

How does Mathnasium@Home work?

  • Students and instructors will log onto our virtual classroom to work together, just like in the center!
  • We’ll prepare a customized learning plan for your student based on their most recent assessment. If you’ve been attending in center, your student’s learning plan has been digitized so they can pick up right where they left off.
  • Instructors will work with students at up to a 3:1 ratio, where as the centers were at a 4:1 ratio.

Do visits have to be scheduled? What times can students "attend"?

  • Yes, visits do have to be scheduled! Please speak with your Center Manager and center directly to request your scheduled dates & times.
  • We’ve expanded our hours of operation to better meet the needs of families while their students are out of school. @Home instruction will be available 5 days a week. 

How long are sessions?

  • Session type based on your current grade level in school - not your Mathnasium level
  • Below Algebra 1 - 60 minutes
  • Algebra 1 and above - 90 minutes

Can you help with schoolwork?

  • Absolutely! You can email your Center Director a picture or scan of your student’s homework and we’ll include it in their next math session.
  • It would be very helpful to send us the homework, in advance, so we can prepare and upload the work to our online platform.

Do we have to share audio/video?

  • Audio and video sharing are highly recommended but not required. There is a chat feature in the classroom that will allow students to type their questions, but we’ve found it much quicker and easier to communicate with students verbally. This will also mimic their experience in-center!

Do I need any special software or equipment? 

  • You just need a laptop and a decent internet connection! 
  • Headphones are recommended to minimize distractions during your student’s session.
  • Students are welcome to use Wacom boards, mouse pens, and touch-screen laptops if they wish. These are not necessary, normal instruction can take place with a mouse and keyboard!​
  • iPads and mobile Apple devices are not supported by the platform at this time.
  • Some laptops with restrictions do not allow our platform. If you are logging on with a school-provided laptop, it may not be able to load the classroom.

Do I need to pay extra?

  • Nope! Mathnasium@Home is the same cost as in-center instruction.

Can I switch between regular and online? Or supplement regular visits with online?

  • Because we create a specialized curriculum for students, it isn’t possible for us to switch them back and forth between online and in person quickly. Because of this we require you to commit to one method of instruction for each calendar month.
  • You should communicate with your Center Director about your student’s needs to pick the best delivery method for them.

How do I sign up? 

  • We’re currently working to get all of our current families situated on the new platform before we enroll any new customers. If you’re a current family, you should have already received information about the onboarding process. If you’re a new or returning family, please fill out the lead form above and we’ll contact you!








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