Although only a few weeks into the school year because math anxiety affects many people and is related to poor math skills, it is important to understand when and how math anxiety first appears.
Researchers have found that math anxiety causes students to think and worry about how afraid they feel of math, which occupies the working memory resources that they would otherwise use to do the actual math problem. One study cites, “This idea that math anxiety uses working memory has been supported by research studies. Importantly, researchers have reported that children who have a high level of working memory do better on math tests than children with a low level of working memory.”
It is very important to have conversations with your children about their emotional reactions to
math because it is the first step toward helping to reduce the potentially harmful effects of math anxiety. Stay tuned for the next blog, where we share some implementable tips on how to help your child end their math anxiety