We’ve worked with many students who have struggled in math, sometimes for years. During our first session, many will say they’re fuzzy on a certain concept, that they often forget how to do certain kinds of problems, or that they just hate math.
This usually means that there are gaps, either small or large, in the student’s foundational math skills. While a few gaps may not have much impact on grades or performance, they can accumulate over time and become real obstacles, especially in more challenging middle and high school math classes.
If your child struggles with homework, gets poor grades on tests, or says they hate math, a math diagnostic is a first step to getting them on the right track. It will help us pinpoint what’s causing difficulty, and enables us to create a customized plan. Even students who’ve told me they hate math during our first session have gone on to say after a few months that it’s become their favorite subject!
How Do Math Gaps Develop?
In school, students are taught a tremendous amount of material very quickly. If your child is out sick for a few days or they’re tired during a key class, they may not learn a math concept that they’ll need in a week, a month, or a year. In most math classes, each unit is a building block for the next, so missing a few of those early lessons can derail students when they get to more challenging problems.
How We Can Help
We’ve found that customized, one-on-one instruction can make a huge difference for students struggling in math. During tutoring, your tutor will use several strategies to make sure math sessions are fun, focused, and tailored to your child’s needs:
If you think your child may need additional support in math, contact us about having them take a math diagnostic!