If your child was an average student last year, chances are they will be an average student this year. If they struggled with maths last year, they will probably be struggling with maths this year. Nothing changes unless something changes. What must change to improve your child’s grades?
The first thing that must change is someone’s attitude. Children are children and they will not change unless they are given a reason to change. Telling them to do better or to change their ways will probably not get the result you, as a parent, desire because they do not know how to change. They are children, they are young, and have a limited frame of reference when it comes to change. They must be taught how to change. At this stage the biggest change must be in you as a parent. You must make the decisions for them, and then guide them along the path.
One of the biggest problems seen in students is they have problems with weak foundations. They simply don’t know their multiplication tables up to their year level and they don’t have in place a memory of subtraction and addition of the numbers up to twenty (20). No matter how well a student understands the mathematical concept they are being taught at school, if they can’t perform the foundations, they will not be able to solve the maths problem. Continually getting the wrong answer whittles away their confidence.
Every student needs to build strong foundations. You can’t have lasting structure without strong foundations.