Homework Tips for Parents: Math Support

Let’s face it – math isn’t everyone’s favourite subject. In fact, it is the subject that most students struggle with, especially when it comes to homework. And it’s not just students who find math homework difficult – parents and guardians also struggle when it comes to helping children and teens complete math homework and assignments. If you have a child at home who is currently learning math in school, you might find the following ‘how to help with math homework’ tips helpful.


  • Encourage Independence

When a child struggles with complicated material, there is a great temptation to give up easily and ask for help. Offer support and guidance when necessary but encourage your child to work through the difficult problems by reviewing notes and looking at previous steps and examples.


  • Let Your Child Teach You

One of the most effective ways to reinforce and solidify learning is to explain it to someone else. You can offer support by asking your child to explain the concepts or processes to you. Have your child ‘teach’ you what she’s learning, and everyone wins.


  • Communicate With the Teacher

Monitor your child’s progress with math and check in with the math teacher from time to time. If you find that your child is struggling with concepts that you can’t help with, contact the teacher and ask about additional support at school.


  •   Consider Tutoring

If your child requires additional support, from one-to-one or small group tutoring may be beneficial. Look into potential tutors, organizations and agencies, and if necessary, set up regular after-school or weekend lessons.


  •   Don’t Confuse Your Child!

You may have been taught certain math skills or processes differently. Try to stay abreast and be aware of what your child is learning and how he or she is being taught. Avoid teaching shortcuts or new strategies that may be confusing. If necessary, ask your child to review the textbook instructions or class notes with you.


For more information about math help or for one-to-one homework support, contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space (416) 925-1225 or visit www.ruthrumack.com.


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