For me, math was my Achille’s heel in school, and like many kids, I wasn’t alone. It was two simple ideas that turned learning around for me and these techniques work in virtually every subject. I want to take you back to the year of 1983. The year of big hair, flash dance, General Hospital, and Three’s

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If math isn’t your child’s best subject, then it’s probably no surprise that he may feel  anxious when it comes to learning how to solve problems. Add testing into the mix, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for frustration, anger, and stress when it comes to his feelings toward school. Oftentimes it feels like kids

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Research shows that students lose up to 2.5 months in language arts and a whopping 3 months in math! But as a parent, how do you avoid a fight when your kid doesn’t want to complete an academic workbook? Instead of sitting your kid at the kitchen table with the workbook, read below for five

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Today I had the pleasure of being interviewed for a segment on WTOP radio. You can listen to the clip below.   Many parents and kids alike have grand plans of taking a break from learning over the summer to recharge, but studies show that this isn’t always a good idea. To read the transcript,

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Is Math Anxiety Real?

Monday, 16 May 2016 by

Think about the following concepts: Pythagorean Theorem Order of Operations Multivariable Algebraic Equations Distributive Property Factoring Do these words make your heart flutter with excitement or do you feel panic and dread? Consider yourself lucky if math is your thing because, for many, it causes real anxiety. As a teacher, I had many students over

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With the warm spring weather arriving, daylight savings time in effect, and only a few months of school remaining, it’s not uncommon for kids to lose motivation.  What should you do if your child has a bad case of academic spring fever? I’ve put together a quick Q&A of questions parents commonly ask during my school

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Students who are affected by ADHD often have a hard time with math because their memory is not very strong and blocking out external stimuli is a struggle. Memory, which is where information is stored for later use, is one of many executive functions. Executive functions refer to skills such as reasoning, task switching, and

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Studying for math and science can be a stumbling block for some elementary students.  Trying to keep numbers, diagrams, and science terms straight in your head sometimes overwhelms study sessions and students (and parents!) might shut down. Helping your child study effectively for math and science is a vitally important skill and worth developing early

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Helping your child with math can be tough, but throw the Common Core way of doing things into the mix and the situation is ripe with frustration. Common Core is a new way of teaching students more critical thinking skills than the standard methods of teaching mathematics and language arts do. Students are expected to

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Tutoring Decreases Math Anxiety

Thursday, 03 December 2015 by

Do anxiety and frustration hold your child back when it comes to math? If so, there’s help. A recent study from Stanford University Medical Center found that one-on-one math tutoring can help reduce anxiety about doing math problems.  Once anxiety is reduced, performance improves. Anxiety doesn’t just affect kids who struggle with math. In fact,

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