As a parent it can be difficult to determine if and when your child requires a Maths tutor. You may choose to get a Maths tutor for a number of reasons – if you feel your child is struggling at school, if you feel they need a little bit more than what they are learning at school, or perhaps you’re looking at advancing them in an aim to sit achieve a scholarship or selective entry placement.
One of the most critical times that you will require a Maths tutor is if your child falls behind or misunderstands concepts taught in the classroom. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly when this might happen, so we’ve put together a few hints as to when it might be time to invest in Maths tuition.
Change in attitude towards school/math
“I don’t like maths!” “I’m not good at maths.” “I don’t like school.” Common phrases that are heard all too often with kids! A change in attitude or dislike of any subject is often a sign that your child is struggling to follow along in class and/or keep up with the coursework. The Maths curriculum continuously build on what was taught previously, so if your child has trouble or misunderstands concepts taught early on, they may find the following topics too difficult to grasp. This is often when children will start complaining about the subject or may even become disruptive in the classroom. Maths tutoring can help identify the gap in your child’s learning and help them get back on track.
This is probably one of the most easily recognisable measures when determining if Maths tuition is needed. If your child has poor grades in Maths and strong grades, it may be a sign that they are failing to grasp the topics being taught. It may also signify that your child is lacking the required study skills to effectively retain their maths study. At Lynn’s Learning, we offer a Free Assessment which gives you a clear idea of any gaps in your child’s learning.
Homework taking longer
Is your child’s maths homework taking significantly longer to complete than the homework for any of their other subjects? When children are struggling, or stuck on a homework problem instead of asking for help they often attempt the problem over and over again leading to frustration and disappointment. Tutoring helps open a dialogue with your child regarding school work, making them more likely to ask for help than suffer in silence. Lynn’s Learning programs also include regular homework to help get students in the habit of completing school work from home, while remaining encouraging by providing homework at a level they can understand.
Does getting your child to complete their maths homework lead to a conflict? Do you hear, “I can’t do it” or “I hate maths” or “I’m not doing it!” without them having opened their book? Frustration and avoidance of maths problems and assignments often signal a child’s disappointment and embarrassment at not being able to confidently complete their homework tasks without getting stuck. Lynn’s Learning can help fix this by determining which areas in your child’s learning may be weak and helping strengthen and expand upon these to build understanding and confidence.
Remember that any tuition is an investment in your child’s future. If you are unsure at how they are currently tracking with their studies – are they behind, average or in front of the “norm” – come into a Lynn’s Learning centre and we’ll happily provide a free Maths assessment to determine any strengths and weaknesses in your child’s learning. This assessment is completely obligation-free and will give you a firm understanding of how your child is currently going with their Maths studies.
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