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Why do children struggle with math?
Have you ever watched a foreign film without subtitles? You can usually get a good idea of what is going on, but do you really understand the point of the movie? If a student is missing key foundational math skills, it makes it very difficult to keep up in class. They feel confused and frustrated...much the same way you felt while watching that movie and not understanding the language.
It is assumed that all kids learn the same way and at the same rate. Since teachers are expected to cover vast amounts of material in a short period of time, if your child doesn't get a chance to master a skill in this time, they tend to fall behind in math.
What happens next? The class moves on. Then comes multiplication facts, fractions, percentages, decimals, mixed numbers, exponents, ratios, x=?, divisibility rules, algebra, geometry, equations, and it never slows down so your child can catch up. They feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, and all alone. They begin to expect and accept failure as the "new normal" and think "I'm just not good in math!" They then tend to lose confidence in themselves and all of their schoolwork begins to suffer.
Is it any wonder why you struggle to get them to do their homework? For many kids, it is easier for them to argue with you and not do the work than to put the effort into it only to see failure again. After a while, it just doesn't seem worth the effort for them.
Will a private one-on-one tutor work?
It seems that in most cases a private tutor is a temporary fix for a long term problem. Private tutors will help children "survive" tonight's homework, but might not address underlying issues. In most cases, private tutoring will not be a meaningful long term solution for these kids.
How is Mathnasium different?
Great Question! The very first thing we do is a comprehensive assessment that includes both a written and oral assessment so that we can get a deep understanding of not only what they know, but how they think.
The assessment is meant to put them at ease and given so that it doesn't feel too easy or too hard. More importantly, it helps us determine what they know, what they don't know, and how they learn. We also show them a few ideas and strategies that they can use immediately. We then create a customized learning plan based on their strengths and weaknesses and one that targets skill gaps and will help them succeed. In many cases, “success” in math is something they have been craving!
Why is confidence in math important?
It's not just important: It's critical! Kids need to see that they can do the work so that they can feel confident! This fresh, new confidence will spill over to many other areas of your child's life. At this point, you will start to see peace at home. You won't struggle with them to do homework. Not only will they have the confidence and the skills to attack it but they'll start bringing home better grades from school. How do we know this?...because we have seen it over and over again with hundreds of our students!
Are you doing one-on-one tutoring?
Another great question! Our instructors are not just average math tutors. We have brilliant, engaging, inspiring math experts that work one on one with your child long enough to get them started and make sure they understand what to do. Then the instructor steps back and lets your child work independently to give them the time to process this new information without the pressure and stress of being watched. It also prevents a "learned helplessness" where the student feels that they need the instructor sitting in front of them all the time in order to be successful.
Our instructors quickly come back after a minute or two in order to make sure they are doing the problems correctly, give them encouragement, and praise them for their efforts! If the student needs more help we simply teach the lesson again in a different way without judgment or ridicule until they "get it." This enables your child to become a "confident, independent learner."
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