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Help your child overcome ‘The Math Exam Syndrome’

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Exam pressure causes children to mess-up even simple math questions. Here’s what you should know-

Examinations are an extremely high-pressure time for children. They must learn an entire year’s worth of courses and sit for tests that rank students in order of perceived intelligence. But there is only so much exams will tell you about a child’s ability.


The Math Exam Syndrome

This system of exams and ranks incites a “fixed” mindset in students which manifests itself in many ways, especially in math exams. Students who can solve math questions easily are revered as“good students” irrespective of their understanding of the subject and the ones who don’t score well end up being convinced that they are bad at math. This sets up both sets of kids for future trouble.

The Math – Hiccup

Even the best of students can get overconfident because of their marks and with their incomplete understanding of concepts have a higher chance of getting stumped while attempting the simplest of math questions in an exam environment. Forgetting a specific formula or making a silly error in calculation can lead to an increase in anxiety and drop in confidence which ultimately takes a toll on their overall performance.

What should you as a parent do?

When it comes to a concept based subject such as math, exam revision should be more about solving math questions and less about reading them. Even if a question looks easy to your child, he should try to solve it quickly and check the answer. Apart from conceptual errors, often you’ll notice that children are prone to one or two types of silly mistakes: e.g. making an error when copying the question, forgetting to convert units or some error in basic arithmetic. Solving a few practice questions or mock tests will tell children what errors they’re prone to make. Eventually, in the exam, your child will be less prone to making silly errors.

Children need to know that making mistakes is good because this is only going to help them learn and be better in the future. It’s important to prepare them to handle situations like getting stumped with a question during an exam and to help them find a strategy to work around the problem.

Excel at math and beyond

At Cuemath, students are encouraged to learn using a growth mindset, where mistakes and doubts form an integral part of the learning process. In the presence of a math expert, students learn the ‘WHY’ behind the ‘WHAT’ of math concepts and build a strong math foundation. When your child starts applying mathematical concepts, they become more efficient both in solving problems in the exam and the real-world.


9 out of 10 Cuemath students score 90+ in their math exams within 6 months of starting classes


It’s never too late for your child to signup for Cuemath classes and build a strong math foundation. Book a free session at a center near you.

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