The question “why is math so hard?” is one we come across so often with the parents and students we work with, it’s become almost a given. We hear things like: “My son just doesn’t seem to ‘take’ to math. He’s just like his mom.” “Why is it that even when my daughter really ‘buckles
When you read through this list of concepts: Pythagorean Theorem Order of Operations Multivariable Algebraic Equations Distributive Property Factoring How does it make you feel? Do these words make your heart flutter with excitement? Or do you feel panic and dread? If the answer is the former, consider yourself lucky, because math is probably “your
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I remember in elementary school memorizing my math times tables… what stands out most to be is the “mad minute.” It was a short quiz of 20 multiplication problems and we were given one minute to complete them… and it could probably be defined as the most stressful 60 seconds of my young life! Now,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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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