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How to Deal with a child or Student Who Hates Math -- I Need That Help

Updated on September 24, 2012
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Once again, my Sister-in-law was asking for help with her 8 years old daughter. The problem was the way she was sent home with homework that was hard enough for this poor thing.

WHY IS STILL SO HARD?

We wish we could help every kid in the world, but we will try on this hub to explain the reason why is still hard, even with new technology and tutorials. Math is like learning a new language, it requires an extra attention and therefore practice. From the four symbols, down to those freaking theorems, Math is a haunting devilish dude.


BUT PLEASE HOW CAN I HELP MY KID THEN?

First thing first: after second grade, they will dealing with multiplication and probably division. You just need 1 hour a day every other day to catch up with your kid and join in her/his homework. You won't have problems in showing them how to divide, multiply and catch up with that subtraction, that they barely understood at the end of the first grade. You have to get involved seriously, you know why? By 9th grade they will have to face Equations and polynomials, and they had 7 years to gain concentration and trust in their ow selves, thanks to your effort in telling them that divisions are a piece of cake and they can do it!!


BUT AT LEAST GIVES US A CLUE LORD!

Okay, supposedly you did bad in math too. You will need to go to an outside source. Maybe another relative that did better than you and can pitch in. Another help is google. The search engine is full of examples and can take some load from your shoulders. If your kid opened a Facebook account by him/herself, then is just a matter of help each other out.


MNEMONICS

If you relate a formula to a little silly brainstorming story, or activity, then you will know how to memorize them. I give you an example:

This crazy and tormenting Newtow's binomial:

(a+b)2 = a2 +2a.b+ b2

The way we can memorize this formula is something like this:

You Ann(A) and Brian(B) are dancing in one in one room and are touching each other shoulders, at the same time a yellow duck is flying around the room in circles (power of 2).

On the other room Ann has a a ducky on her head and Brian too (a2 .... b2)

Suddenly Mommy DUCK( the number 2) comes into the room embracing you both with the biggest hug, thanking you both for taking care of her babies, while out (2.a.b). Why mommy duck is so happy? You both still have their kids on your heads.

Add, stir and serve!

(a+b)2 = a2 +2a.b+ b2







HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF HELPING THEM ON SUMMER?

As soon as we reach the end of school season, We parents, pretend not to know how bad they did in Math. And we don't blame you, the kiddie has been exposed to this Demon for 9 months, and they need a break, like we did. But just think! checking up on your google search engine and find the next year's curriculum is not harder than installing that Flat screen TV on your wall.

If you know that your kid is going to eleven grade, try a little of reading about Geo or Trig. There some amazing videos on YouTube, from the geeks like us. If you know your little treasure is going to be on 4th grade next year...then look into Those Joy divisions and immerse with him/her into that roller coaster. Your kid will admire your time with him/her. Actually, they will remember those precious times with you. You will be mentioned on their facebook, for just spending a few hours with them, facing the threat of Math and its tentacles. Hey! Good Luck!

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Pohgrandma,

    Today every thing is pre-cooked, pre-served, pre-judice(lol!) We didn't have this much information in our own eyes and our kids are taking for granted..this screen, back in the 80's I had to program this freaking Basic Language in order to create a phosphorescent tree. The system suck as all we know so well. Where in the world are we going to need this Periodical table, besides Mendeleev? Sure Chemists can use it, but there should teach more technological advances in school...like how to repair an Ipad or Iphone....Our kids do it on the spare time, besides the stupid Pythagorean Theorem. Thanks Cherry!

    LORD

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    Poohgranma 

    9 years ago from On the edge

    Your child and I can form a group. I also hate Math! I am sixty years old, have done the books for five companies including two of my own but as far as Algebra or Trig - forget it! And I've found what I told my biology teacher to prove out too. We were supposed to dissect a frog and I told him I was not going to major in either Health or Science and if he could give me one good reason I would have to know how to dissect a frog as an adult I would and if not, I would not. He sent me to the principal, but to date, I have not missed the experience.

    What I'm trying to say, I guess is, if he can get the basic principals down I wouldn't worry too much. We use our brains very little and have programs and calculators to do most of the math so as long as he can program them with the basics, most of what he learns will go unused in the long run.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi there KJ'

    There is a problem in our system and we all know it so well. practically we are joining the third world regarding knowledge. Sure we have the Ipads, but the essence is being lost. Our kids' brain are getting the slag carried from 20 years ago. Thanks for your long comment and hope to see you around.

    LORD

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    kjforce 

    9 years ago from Florida

    Excellent well written article..With both parents and single parents working outside the home thses days can be very hard on both parents and children. Unless children learn " good homework skills", they may suffer for years.I was in an enrichment program at school, and was privy to join a group called the "FTA" (future teachers of America),we were tutors for students who had fallen behind/difficulty keeping up this was done before/after/during school, occasionaly (if feasible) at their home. Sometimes just a couple hours could correct the problem.It benefited both the student and the tutor..and teachers appreciated it also.

    Why this policy was ever discontinued, I don't understand.With economy/education situations today I feel this would be a great attribute to bring back to our schools.. just a thought...Thanks..

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks Paul Coehn for the kuddos! We as parents need to get more involved with our kids education. We've been there and we know!

    LORD

    THANKS TO YOU TRUSOULDDJ!

    Our Own dad, got us a tutor back in the 70's which was odd for a father to do that...but he did care and we felt that love.

    LORD

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    LaZeric Freeman 

    9 years ago from Hammond

    I had the hardest time with Algebra, until a cousin tutored me out of a book written in the 50s/60s. It was broken down more clearly and I got a C out of the class.

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    9 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    You have an interesting hub. Yes, a lot of young kids don't like math and struggle with it because they don't understand the principles which are taught in the classroom. Any kind of homework they get should be problems in which they are practicing the principles supposedly learned in class. I remember having a father who spent a lot of time tutoring me in math. If a child can't get a friend or relative for tutoring, it is best to pay for a tutor if you can afford one. If there is any way possible, try to make learning math and doing homework fun with games.

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