Andrea - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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I have a very hard problem! My son is struggling with math to the point that he has given up even trying! I have no idea how to help him or what to do . Do any of you have any suggestions?

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Kat - posted on 04/10/2010

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If you are able to afford a tutor or have one the school provides, I recommend them highly. I tutor middle school mathematics and teach elementary grade students. It can be very frustrating for the child, parents, and teacher to have a child that has thrown in the towel on learning. You need to know the limitations of your childs mathematical abilities in order to formulate a course of proactive response. Home tutoring can help fill in the gaps, if no other tutoring is available.

Start by: As a parent, try to reduce stress by creating a structured, timed learning session. The place should be quiet to distractions and well kit (kitchen table is fine). The maxium time should be 2 hours, 4 days a week. Try to aim at 30 minutes of homework and classwork daily review. Ask to borrow a text book if it think it will help you, with a little extra work from the teacher you can get the pages she will cover that week. As a genral rule of thumb, work the beginning part of the session with review and easy stuff that the child already knows(15 min), then progress into the day's lesson (30 min) , and ten minutes of challenge work; this should take up 55 minutes; take a 10 minute snack break and do up to another 55 minutes of tutoring. One area of weakness common to most of my tutorees is word solving problems and reading comprehension of word problems. You can by at grade level books at Mardels and other book stores that will give you word problem exercises. These could be the challenge problems, it make take the whole 10 minutes to understand one problem with alternate examples.

Hoope this helps you out.

Kat Challis

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Tracie - posted on 08/30/2012

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Depending on his age, games are a fantastic way to sneak in math practice. Don't even mention math, just play the game. Adding up a roll on the dice, being the banker and making change and games like Yahtzee are great for honing math skills.

Good luck and have fun!!

Darcey - posted on 08/29/2012

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I would try really easy maths to start with, and then gradually take it harder, after practice. My child, George (girl) is like your child, Andrea. It really worked...