Instructional Strategies for Math Students

Math is a subject that many students struggle with, boys and girls alike frequently cannot seem to overcome the fundamentals of math. To begin, very few students get a proper foundation for math. Sure, they learn the concept of addition and subtraction; they memorize their multiplication tables and learn to apply division. However, the logic behind math evades many students from elementary to high school. In secondary classrooms, students mainly learn the rules and blindly follow them. Consequently, many students will not excel in math and when they attend postsecondary schools, they must take remedial math and ultimately their college algebra grades are below average.

Having a qualified teacher to lay a good math foundation, a good understanding of the rules as they apply to mathematical functions, can make an enormous difference but sometimes this never happens in your child’s academic life span. If for whatever reason a skilled math teacher never taught your child and as a result he struggles with math, do not despair there are many avenues to help him overcome this difficulty. What is a parent to do? The best move is to be proactive and seek different math venues to help your child learn.

Looking to a non-conventional approach to developing your child’s math skills allows for a fresh look at math. The move to non-conventional learning will increase your child’s desire to learn. Schoolwork can be tedious and definitely boring which means a student can loss interest in many classroom subjects. Therefore, as you try to help your child develop his math skills make sure you deviate from classroom methods. Many students learn better, when what is being taught begins with their everyday life experiences. The pre-kindergarten student learns to count the number of grapes he receives and subtraction the grapes eaten. This approach also works for fractions and percentage. Your child when asked to share a fruit can learn the concept of a half and a quarter as you divide the fruit. Experts call this approach-applied math and it works.

Nevertheless, before you and your child get to applied math, it will be beneficial to familiarize him with the appropriate math theory. Consequently, your child first learns a mathematical concept and then applies this knowledge to his everyday life. As mentioned teaching your child the fundamentals of math must be different, to make this happen parents can use diverse learning videos and tools. Parents can incorporation one particular discipline, which has nothing to do with numbers, to help their children become better math students.