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What to Do If Your Child Is Struggling in Math

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Nov 2, 2016 1:16:40 PM

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Math is a complex subject. Some people seem to have an inherent aptitude to learn and excel, while others find themselves lost and feeling left behind.

Sometimes, a student easily grasps one concept being taught, but then grapples with the very next chapter. This is not unusual and is to be expected. However, there is hope if your child is struggling in math.

Student Math Struggles

Chelsea Graber opted to homeschool her three children for a variety of reasons. Math was a subject where her children often found themselves falling behind. Chelsea tried numerous curricula, but none seemed to advance or motivate her children.

Chelsea is not alone in her struggles. In fact, a 2014 publication from Stanford University entitled “The Mathematics of Hope” cited that three-fifths of students in the United States fail mathematics. It also made the poignant claim that math has to ability to crush student’s confidence more than any other subject.

Jo Boaler, a mathematics education professor at Stabford University, stated in a talk at Menlo-Atherton high school that “70 percent of students who enter two-year colleges in the United States are being placed into remedial math classes.”

To really put this in perspective, Boaler also added that “over half of middle school students say they would rather eat broccoli than do math.”

Tools for Math Success

Despite these statistics, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for any student struggling in math. Dr. Charlene Marchese is supervisor of science for grades 6-8 in Freehold Township, New Jersey. During her tenure in this position, Dr. Marchese has implemented many programs and tools to help students in her district stay proactively on top of their math learning.

Parents can monitor their children’s grades through Genesis, a portal for access to assignments, tests, homework, and anything else the student has been graded on. Teachers have also implemented passing out an exit ticket after a new concept is presented. Dr. Marchese states this “gives teachers insight into how students are thinking about the concepts right after they’re taught.”

Additionally, middle schools in her district use LearnBop as a tool to expose all students to different tutorials to assist with new concepts, expanding on those areas which may not yet be fully taught.

If students should find themselves struggling in math, policies are in place to call upon an interventionist who helps support the student and strategizes with the teacher in order to best assist their specific needs and address their weaknesses.

A struggling student should never give up. As Dr. Marchese advises, “Keep working at it, because sometimes math is hard. You have to keep persevering.”

Need for LearnBop

As math requirements become more rigorous due to state testing standards, many students struggling with math will feel left behind because of the time deficit spent learning new concepts. 

To help with the journey from struggle to success, LearnBop offers highly adaptive, self-paced learning to build confidence in students who may otherwise feel discouraged. Young learners stay motivated through a reward-based, goal-focused structure.

By identifying gaps and weaknesses in the student’s comprehension and retention, LearnBop, along with teachers and parents, can target specific areas to work on with the student while keeping them encouraged along the way as they begin to master each presented concept.

Looking back to Chelsea Graber and her three children, they were able to turn their studies around once they found LearnBop. It was the tool that made math click for them and helped Chelsea’s children gain the confidence and motivation they desperately needed.

Now, they are all doing better at math and are beginning to master core concepts, despite their past struggles and obstacles.

Unique and Confident Students

Every student is unique in talents, learning styles, and personalities. It is because of this individuality that one student cannot be expected to learn in exactly the same way as another.

Just because students struggle in math, it does not mean they are incapable of succeeding. Through the help of parents, teachers, and tools like LearnBop, students can work to gain confidence not only in their math skills, but in themselves as competent and capable students.

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