5 Reasons Why Your Child May Be Struggling With Math



Some students have a proclivity for particular subjects in school. Other subjects, such as math, however, can send your child into fits and even mask itself as a learning problem. The first step to helping your child overcome the struggle they;re having with math is to identify the source of the problem, so you can then identify ways to help your child overcome the challenges.

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1. Brain Development

In some instances, the struggle with math comes from a biological source. Children’s brains develop at different rates, and different parts of the brain even can develop at different rates. One of the reasons your child can be struggling with math is that their brain isn’t yet able to process abstract mathematical concepts. Their brain and math development comes with time, but you can work with them through the process to try to help ease the pain of working on math problems.

2. Frustration with Subject matters

When children have to focus on the procedure of working through mathematical problems, it can be a source of frustration. Once your child becomes frustrated, they lose focus and getting through math homework can become difficult. A Huntington math tutor can help your child to learn how to focus on the concepts of math rather than the procedures of completing math problems, which can alleviate the frustration.

3. Failure to See Logical Relationships

Struggles with math also originate from assigning cardinal values to numbers. When students have to take it a step further to understand the logical relationships the various numbers represent, many kids lack the ability to form these relationships. In other words, they tend to get so stuck on the figures that they lose a big-picture view of the math problem as a whole. You or a tutor can apply real-world scenarios to mathematical problems to help your child see how the numbers relate to each other.

4. Knowledge Transfer Difficulties

Some children learn better visually. Seeing a triangle on a piece of paper or in a textbook isn’t a concept they can grasp as well than they would were they holding a three-dimensional triangle in their hands. Suddenly, they can relate to the fact that the triangle is equilateral, because they have a tangible item to help with their visualization of the concept.

5. Lost in Translation with Terminology

While math revolves around numbers, language difficulties in general can be the issue causing your child’s struggles with math. Mathematical terminology can frustrate children and cause them problems, because they have a hard time reading, writing and possibly speaking. Children with language challenges have to work on their reading and writing skills while working on their math skills.
If math is giving your child problems in school, you can help find the solution once you’ve identified what’s causing the problem. Steps such as working with your child, giving the child’s brain time to mature to hiring a tutor can be solutions to ending the math struggle.

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3 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Your Child May Be Struggling With Math

  1. This is such a helpful post! The common core also pushes so much SO soon! It’s really useful to think about math struggles w the above perspective. 🙂

  2. I was talking to another blogger about this “push” and even though I started with sight words with J at three, I do realize there is a huge push with parents. In my state we are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to education funding and AZ students do the worst on aims tests. I think New Mexico is the worst in the country, so a huge part of me wants to make sure J is ahead of the game because of our flawed school system. I’m not really a fond of the public school system in my state. Anyway, if learning can be made fun, I think it helps immensely.

  3. Very true! Some students don’t possess good testing strategies. My son
    struggled with this in math. He tried to study for his exams but he didn’t grasp the concepts. He attends a decent California public school but he just wasn’t doing so well. This school year, I decided to get him a math
    tutor in San Jose
    . The tutor really helped him improve his grades, and gave him added self-confidence.

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