Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How to Help Kids With Math Homework

Math homework often can become a frustrating and overwhelming process. Students may exhibit anxiety, and a short math assignment might grow into a daunting task. However, there are ways to help students be successful with their math homework assignments.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Math assignment
  • Calculator (if allowed)
  • Multiplication tables and/or number lines
    • 1
      Complete the first problem with your child. Ask your child to verbally explain each step as she completes it. If she needs further explanation, work with her on a few more problems. Remind her to refer to class notes or the textbook for help with concepts.
    • 2
      Break the assignment down into manageable chunks. For example, if the homework assignment is 20 problems, have the student complete the first five and take a break while you check his work. This way, you are not hovering over him while he works, but managing his effectiveness from a distance.
    • 3
      Use visual aids such as multiplication tables or number lines. Giving your child an opportunity to see the numbers as she counts helps her memorize math facts and cuts down on frustration.
    • 4
      Develop a game, use real life examples, or invent an incentive to help your child be excited about math. For example, if the assignment is about percents, talk about shopping or giving a tip at a restaurant--or have your child explain the concept to you.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Dr. Mary Gavin of suggests you do not complete the assignment for the child or hover over him while he works. This can create resentment and frustration, and your child will not learn the concept. If he truly doesn't understand it, ask the teacher if he can stay after school for help.


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