New Year means New Goal, New Plan .. and .. New Action!

Dec 30, 2021 | Red Deer


It’s just a couple of days before the new year! Why not create some resolutions for the new year to help your child improve – or maintain – their math skills? If they are behind, try to remove their obstacles to close the gaps. If they are already good at math, help them to get ahead so they won’t feel bored.

Larry Martinek, the creator of the Mathnasium Method, suggests that making some math focused New Year’s resolutions can add up to higher scores and greater classroom success.

“We tend to think of New Year’s resolutions as items for grown-ups, like new diets, exercise programs, and job searches. However, for students, a New Year’s resolution that focuses on math can be a powerful tool, helping kick off the second half of the year with enthusiasm and focus. Just coming up with the resolutions can be a fun activity for parents and children,” he says.


If they are behind

Try best to identify what math skills your child may be lacking in, and make a resolution based on that. For example, if they are not fluent in multiplication facts, offer this: “I will practice my multiplication facts, even when I think it’s boring, because they are important to know”. Yes, it is important because multiplication is the basis of more complex concepts in math.

A broad resolution like “I will score higher on my next math exam” is fine, as long as it is followed by more detailed actions on how to achieve that.


If they are already good at math

Make a resolution with the purpose of keeping your child interested in math or a resolution that might even further their interest in math. For example: join a math club, compete in a math competition, play a math game as family once a week, help others (such as siblings, classmates, neighbour kids) in math.


If you need help

And last but not least, another best resolution is to let Mathnasium of Red Deer help your child. We can help all types of students, whether to catch-up, keep-up or get-ahead. Our comprehensive assessment can pinpoint exactly what your child’s math gaps are – so you don’t have to guess 😊


Follow through

The hard part is following through. Don’t throw in the towel easily! Resilience is the key. If your child has a setback, remind them that that it is okay. Missing one appointment with a teacher, or a session or two at Mathnasium is perfectly fine. What’s not okay is if they don’t try and give up easily.

Good luck! And don’t forget –  we are always here, ready to help your child be successful in math in 2022 and beyond!


Mathnasium of Red Deer is your neighbourhood’s math only learning centre, and we are excited to help your child be successful in the intense period that is the second half of the school year. Our centre director, Riwan Prasatya, would be happy to meet you! We are conveniently located in the shopping destination area in Red Deer: 5250 22nd St, Unit 30 B – at the Gaetz Avenue Crossing shopping centre, in the same area as Chapters Indigo/Starbucks, Michael Arts, Petland and Ashley, and the phone number is 403-872 MATH (6284).

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