Friday, August 16, 2013

Helping Your Child Succeed in Math

Math is a key area of study and an integral part of our everyday life. Some people have a natural ability with math while others tend to struggle and feel like a math failure.

When a child does poorly in a math’s class, they can lose interest and ultimately fall behind making it very difficult to catch up again. You as a parent can help your child avoid this embarrassing dilemma through helping him or her through private maths tuition. Private one-on-one math tuition will not only help your child understand the fundamentals of math, they will learn how to become better problem solvers, get higher marks at school, help them begin to learn how to love the subject of math and even become a math Olympiad. Some of the greatest minds and mathematicians live in Singapore and they are waiting to help your child get ahead in math.

Private math tuition Singapore can help your child understand the true importance of not only learning math but understanding it too. They will learn that applied math is used in many aspects of our everyday lives, from money to calculating areas. Math is known also to help improve a child's motor and critical thinking skills, so math tuition will be beneficial to every child who participates.

If you wish to help your child become a math Olympiad or mathlete in Singapore private math tuition can help you. There are a myriad of math tutoring houses that offer special courses for children who have the goal of becoming a math champion. There are courses for every kind of child - for children who have never participated in a formal math competition before, for returning mathletes, for students who are weaker in math but have a dream of entering a competition and for those students who are particularly gifted in math - you can find it all.

Most programs are offered year round and special intensive courses run through the summer months for the serious wannabe math Olympiad.

In these courses children are taught basic concepts, they review the school year curriculum in math, study advanced math but they also have the opportunity to have fun. These two words math and fun do not usually go hand in hand but the specially designed tutoring courses intersperse the math lessons with fun games - all math related. Their main goal is to prepare the students for the upcoming math Olympiad with their secondary goal being: learn to love math.

Parents who wish their children to participate in a math competition such as Olympiad should never push their kids. Pushy parents fail and the children more often than not turn their back on math and start to dislike the subject. Instead you could try encouraging your child through telling them about your own personal experience as a math Olympiad and see if you can arouse their interest this way.

Another thing to bear in mind if you wish to have your child participate in a maths olympiad is to find the right book - this is easier said than done in most cases. A book that is too easy does not challenge and book that that is too difficult discourages. Find a book that has easy exercises at the front and more difficult ones at the back - that way you know that your child has to learn the information in between. Ask your child's personal maths tutor for supplementary material, they will be more than willing to help, after all the result of your child will also reflect on them.

All in all, maths is important, period. Your first goal is to help foster your child's passion for maths and help them understand its importance.
James Liao a.k.a The Educationist of Singapore, a MASTERS scholar from NTU, has been on the forefront of Singapore's education fabric for more than a decade. Through this period he has helped many students improve from F9 to A1 in Chemistry, Physics, A.Maths and E.Maths. As a result, these same students managed to qualify for Junior Colleges and most of them have already graduated from NTU, NUS and SMU.

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