5-Step Plan to Help Your Child Ace Math
Every child displays different aptitude and interest levels when it comes to math. Yet math is vital to your child’s success in school and in life. Here is a 5-step plan for you to help your child ace math (if he/she hasn’t already).
1. Understand the Situation
If your child is not acing math, there could be many reasons for it. For example: not enough time spent on homework, not understanding critical math concepts, not having enough interest in the subject (not every likes math! It’s a fact!). Diving in to understand the underlying issues would be very important, instead of just telling your child to “finish homework” and “get a better grade”. This is an excellent article to help you get started in identifying specific math trouble your child is experiencing in different grades. Getting your child to acknowledge the issue is also critical — this could also be one of the contributing factors adding to your child’s stress.
2. Create a Plan
Now that you have identified the issues with your child in math, the next step would be to create a plan that will improve your child’s current math grade (eventually to A!). It is very important to set a reasonable goal; if your child has been failing and math is a touchy subject, you may not want to get the goal to “Getting an A in Your Next Math Test”. We recommend having a structure to gradually improve your child’s grade, which can ease anxiety and build confidence. Prepping your child mentally to accept that he/she can tackle this is also very important. The plan should also include a reward at the end — not something that you want your child to have, but actually something that he/she wants.
3. Monitor Progress
The plan would not be successful if it is not implemented correctly. Having weekly check-ins can help make sure your child is on track. If your child is falling behind after a few weeks, you would want to revisit the plan and modify it to a more realistic one. Your child should be the “project manager” of this plan — that is, he/she should be the one driving the progress and you should let your child be aware of that. One of the implicit goals of this exercise is to help your child learn how to build motivation to succeed.
4. Reward Progress
If your child is succeeding according to the plan, that’s great. However, if you are seeing your child put in efforts but the grade is not as high as you would like, you should still provide a small reward for his/her effort. It can be a nice little surprise toy or trip or extra video game time. The goal is to let your child know that genuine efforts will get rewarded. This will ensure that your child doesn’t lose motivation on the bigger goal (“getting an A”).
5. Repeat the Process
Once you and your child have developed rapport in working toward a goal together, this method can be extended to other areas: more difficult math subjects, other subjects, or even other skill sets in life. This structure will help your child’s developing brain to learn to apply grit and patience to work toward something that seemed impossible before. Your child may need more attention and support at the beginning, but once he/she knows what they can accomplish using this system, they can apply this method to virtually anything in life on their own.
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