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My child is struggling in math and I don’t know how to help him? - Ines Do not worry, your child is one of many children who find math challenging. The good news is that he does not have to struggle and you don’t have to either.  Children usually find math intimidating because they do not understand a core concept and teachers move on to other concepts before they grasp it. You must understand where your child stands with respect to grade-level material. If you are not aware of where he is and what it is that he struggles with you will not be able to help him. Proper assessment is key in defining the problem and is the first step in helping him. Talk to his teacher; understand exactly what the problem is and what he needs to work on. The teacher should be able to pin point his weakness and strengths. Once you know what his weaknesses and strengths are, plan on tackling the problem. Draw up a daily plan that covers the points that need working on. You may implement this plan by dedicating time and effort every day. Remember Children must work on math even if it is as little as 10 minutes a day after school! You may find that you are unable to dedicate the time and effort and may also seek professional help. 

Whatever you do remember to stay positive about math and do something about it!

With thanks to Mathnasium UAE.  Mathnasium Al Barsha, Business Bay, Green Community, International City, Jumeirah1, Knowledge Village, Motor City, Mirdif. Now open in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Visit www.mathnasium.ae or email: uae@mathnasium.com 

 

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