Students naturally resent knowledge enforced upon them by others, be it tutors or parents. Strategizing against this phenomenon involves thinking out of the box as youngsters’ perception of the world isn’t always compatible with the square reality of mathematics. It might be appropriate to bring up to the fore the severe reprimand conventional western math classes suffer right now. We did it to ourselves – our capitalistic thinking contrived a crisis in the education system, and reciting empty platitudes isn’t going to cut it now. How about introducing the deeper substance of mathematics, instead of dishing out small portions of reductive knowledge here and there. For clarity’s sake I’ll instruct you with just a smattering of practical advice you can follow to help your kids learn math better and efficiently.
Serve bitesize lumps of information to your kids
It’s hard to kindle a mindset for math when the perilous jaws of a thousand-something textbook are looming large over your sane mind. Digits and functions mean nothing unless an interpreter clothes them with a rational explanation. You might find yourself repeating the same phrase again and again, but finally the penny will drop. Ultimately, this is the better thing to do, than dangling a fancy book before a 7-year-old.
Dumb it Down
You’re not going to impress your kids with the slapdash recollections of your elementary school years. Lay the coursebook aside for a moment and use your noodle. What helped you gain understanding for mathematics? Illustrate it by way of an example. This will become a joint for the young mind to swivel about in its further exploration of the topic.
Show Them How Math Can Actually Solve Problems
This is where you should pull out all the stops. Stress on the areas where math is implemented and speak with words that can ring a bell. Try to explain eloquently, that mathematics is indeed needed by giving examples children can relate to. Doubts are bound to creep in, but eventually the young and stubborn opposition will subside to the power of reasoning.
Try to Cover All Bases
When explaining something, try to arouse their imagination and stimulate the creative instinct. There’s plenty of room for cogent logic in the look on math, that the eastern countries have adopted. For instance, the Japanese learn how to multiply by drawing intersecting lines on a piece of paper – something that triggers more than just the mental faculties. I hope we come back to our senses and wake up to the alternative and more wholesome ways to learn.
Do What You Have to Do
Forgive me If I sound a bit nitpicky but it’s the narrow-minded people who make subjects like math appear unseemly and confusing to the gullible audience. Not every tutor is fit to journey through the leathery sides of mathematics let alone instruct pupils how to do it. By the same token, not all teachers are able to explain the matter in its entirety. Rack your brains all you could, but that missing link isn’t going to fill all by itself. There you have it, this fundamental problem is eminently clawing its way back into our schools. You as a parent have the honor to cement the holes along your child’s way to graduation.