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Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help

Are parents transmitting math anxiety to their children somehow?  Parents always have the best interest of their children… right? Parents would want their children to do well in math right? Jan Hoffman wrote an article on results of a new study stating math anxiety is contagious between parent and child. And the irony? This is transmitted via homework assistance. Children of highly math-anxious parents learned less math and were more likely to develop math anxiety themselves. This is enhanced when their parents [...]

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Getting Ready for School Again

Getting Ready for School Again The June holidays are coming to an end! How can you, as parents, encourage and enable your children to gear up for the next semester? Here are some suggestions to ease the children back to the school groove. 1. Make sure revision is completed Ensuring that holiday homework is completed before school reopens is a good start to the new term. Holiday homework is usually issued to help children review and reinforce their understanding in topics covered [...]

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Learning Multiplication Tables

Multiplication tables, or times tables – the bane of lower primary math. Is there any way to help our children remember these better? Learning the times tables is key to mastering primary school math, as memorisation of the tables support mathematical learning and understanding of multiplication and division. These concepts form the foundation to our mental arithmetic, as well as estimation skills. Research has shown that children become more confident and open to learning new concepts once they have mastered the times tables. Times [...]

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3 Effective Math Revision Tips For Exams

The mid-year math exams are around the corner, and every student is gearing up to do their best. Here are 3 tips on how to revise for math exams effectively! 1) Practise sufficiently with relevance Allocate bite-size practice which is based on topics, concepts or types of questions. If your child is weak in a certain topic like algebra, make sure he or she works more on that particular topic. If your child is not familiar with concepts such as constant difference or proving [...]

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Developing the Growth Mindset in Math

Can everyone do math? This is a question many students grapple with, especially when they face setbacks in trying to do well in math. Many people have the misconception that math is something you either can or cannot do. What more people need to know is about having a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset, in terms of learning math. Growth Mindset versus Fixed Mindset Someone who has a fixed mindset believes that intelligence is inherent and cannot be changed in any [...]

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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect – The Science Behind This Adage This age old adage is something that my parents used to tell me all the time, and I’m sure you must have heard of this as well. But does it really work? Or are people just fated to be bad at math? Malcolm Gladwell, author of many best-sellers such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, mentioned that in order to become an expert in anything, one needs to [...]

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How to Make Kids Less Terrified of Math

Tutoring Can Reduce Math Anxiety A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience looks at kids who have math anxiety. It finds that tutoring can significantly reduce their nerves, altering the fear circuits in their brains. However, it is interesting to note that these changes were not due to an improvement in math abilities. The study’s senior author Vinod Menon, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, says, “They’re really related to anxiety, and that gives us [...]

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Why be a Math Tutor?

Becoming a Math Tutor I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a teacher. When I was able to enter the teaching service under a scholarship, I was elated. Being a school teacher, I enjoyed my interactions with students on a daily basis. I was able to inspire them in so many ways, and it was fantastic to watch my students progress and develop an interest in math, even when they first disliked it. When I became a mother, [...]