One of the most common subjects that parents hire a private tutor for is maths. If a child is struggling in maths, even just with a particular concept, they can be miserable. In maths it’s often a case of you either get it or you don’t, but there’s just no avoiding the subject. Often employers require someone to have achieved at least a C in maths at GCSE. The number of uses for maths is wide and even day to day life requires a degree of maths ability so it’s vitally important that children are at least competent in maths.
Here are 5 ways you can help your child succeed in maths:
Build Maths Into Everyday Life
There are plenty of opportunities every day to incorporate some maths learning into your day. Teach your child to solve problems in all areas of their life. Some examples include using maths in shopping, cooking and board games. It all depends on your child’s age and stage but there are plenty of ideas to explore. If your child is very young count with them as you go upstairs, or get them to add or subtract blocks from a pile of blocks, for example. Older children can pay when you go shopping, try working out discounts or doubling a recipe.
Help Your Child Understand Maths Concepts
They are many different ways to help your child understand maths concepts so try a few to work out your child’s preferred method of learning in the hope that it will click. Suggest that they draw a diagram or picture to solve it if this makes it easier for them. Or get them to talk through the problem with you. Use the vocabulary of maths when you discuss their homework and help them understand the new terms. Check understanding by asking them to use a diagram or simple problem to show you the meaning of the term.
Nurture Confidence and Positivity
Encourage your child to have a go when solving a maths problem and praise them for their effort, regardless of the results. It doesn’t matter if the answer isn’t always right. Build up their confidence so they are keen to learn more. Try and make maths fun if you can. If your child enjoys it they are more likely to succeed. Never declare how much you hated maths when you were at school or that you were no good at it.
Provide Help With Homework
Lots of practice will help your child grasp fundamental concepts in maths. Get them to work through their homework methodically by following the examples at the beginning of the page and working through the problems step by step. The more they practice the better they will become and more confidence they’ll have, so encourage them to keep solving more problems even once they’ve finished their actual homework. Help your child recognise when they can use mental maths. Encourage them to use this when appropriate instead of pencil and paper.
Hire a Private Tutor
Maths is one subject where many parents turn to a private tutor to help improve their child’s level of attainment. A child will find it is difficult to move forwards in maths if they are struggling to understand a particular concept as so much of the subject leads from one area of study to the next. So a tutor may just be what someone needs to help them look at a concept differently or approach a topic in a different way and ensure everything becomes clear. Fleet Tutors have a large number of stringently vetted tutors who can be matched to pupils for a successful outcome. Contact them to hear how they can help your child.
This is a collaborative guest post.