5 tips to make kids smarter in math
Mastering mathematics is absolutely essential for future opportunities in school and careers. Your children will need to reach a certain level of competency in math to take many advanced high-school courses, to be admitted to college, and to have a wide variety of career choices. Here’s how you can help them maximize their math-smarts.
- Teach them to write their numbers neatly.
At the beginning when kids start writing it is important that they are taught to write numbers neatly. Twenty-seven percent of all errors in solving math problems can be traced back to improper number writing. Improve your children’s number-writing skills by having them trace over numbers that you have written. Suggest they use graph paper to keep the numbers in problems neatly aligned.
- Conceptual understanding of Math
It’s important that kids actually do math and understand the mathematical concepts of addition, subtraction and so on. Math becomes a meaningless mental exercise of just memorizing rules and doing rote drills. Have your children use manipulative to figure out basic concepts. For addition, they could add one, two, or more blocks to a pile of blocks, dices, abacus
- Mastering the basic facts.
Mastering of a basic fact help kids can in answering and computing fast. Considerable drill is required for children to give quick responses. Use flash cards or worksheets to help your children learn the basic facts.
- Learning vocabulary of mathematics helps in problem solving.
Knowing the vocabulary of math and proper definitions help kids in solving math problems faster. Check that your children can define new terms. If not, have them use models and simple problems to show you they understand how the term is used.
- Constant review and including math in everyday life of kids.
Mathematics will become more meaningful when your kids see how important it is in so many real-life situations. Encourage them to use math in practical ways. For example, ask them to space new plants a certain distance apart, double a recipe, and pay bills in stores. This will help in computing math in their heads and also provide constant review of the basic concepts
Math is one subject in which everything builds upon what has been previously learned. For example, a failure to understand the concept of percent leads to problems with decimals. If a teacher is unable to help your children, provide the help yourself or use a tutor or learning center. We at SMARTS Club help kids to master the concepts and help get them ahead in the class. Give us a call today to know more about our Frisco math tutoring programs. We also provide help in reading, writing and other subjects K-12