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How to Know When Your Child Needs Help with Math

Jun 20, 2013

Many signs reveal whether your child would benefit from extra help in math, both in and out of school.

While poor grades in math are the most obvious sign that a student needs help, poor math grades happen for many reasons. And often a student has excellent grades in most subjects, yet struggles in math. A great hindrance to math success is the inability to effortlessly recall number facts, such as difficulty remembering rules for addition, subtraction, division and times tables. Visible signs, like a child counting on his fingers, indicate that effortless recall is lacking.

Addition and subtraction facts should be mastered by children by the end of 2nd or 3rd grade, and multiplication and division facts by the end of 3rd or 4th grade. If these arithmetic facts are not learned according to this time frame, intervention of some form should take place, preventing the student from falling further behind.

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