Teaching Tips

Best 4 Strategies for Motivating Students in Math

Everybody is a math person but they don’t know it yet. However, math is not easy to learn.

There is only one way to get better at math— Practice.

But in order to practice, your students must find math interesting enough.

Here are a few methods you can use to increase interest among your students in math and motivate them to learn math.

Most students in the age group 5-13 years are adventurous by nature and love to explore. By giving them challenges, you are adding to their math adventure. Puzzles are a great way to help them think and overcome the challenges. This way, students will understand that math is not complicated, but an interesting challenge on the whole.

Cuemath students enjoy Cuemath’s Puzzle Cards that are curated keeping in mind that age is no bar to enjoy them!

2. Coax them to “discover” math

A lot of textbooks have solutions to corresponding questions provided. Students don’t always arrive at these answers, which can leave them demotivated.

Leave your students with a question for a while. This would fuel their thought process and help them arrive at the answers on their own.

You can also introduce various topics in math using learning aids that your students can touch and thereby “see” math. 3D shapes, abacus beads, fractions blocks etc. are all tools you can use to help your students discover math.

3. Play with math

Did you know that math can be learnt while playing games? A game or two can refresh your students and they would be eager to attend your classes. When a student says “Deepa maam’s class” instead of “tuition/extra class”, it does sound like you’re doing something right doesn’t it?

That’s why games are important. Involve your students in a game of Sudoku or Checkers during your class and watch how their decision making and problem solving skills improve.

4. Use math in storytelling
Math is great for storytelling! Using math to explain concepts of life can help increase the interest of your students.

For example you can talk about how math comes up in planning a trip.

Meera is planning a 5 day trip to Goa from Bengaluru. She has gone through a few options online and is stuck between the following three.

 Website Flights Hotels Food Trivago Yes Yes Yes Goibibo Yes Yes No Yatra Yes Yes No

Trivago’s total package cost is Rs. 14,000.

Goibibo’s package cost is Rs. 12,000.

Yatra has an offer of Rs. 4000 for flights and Rs. 1200 per night accommodation cost.

Which package should Meera go ahead with?

A situation like this will help your students think and come up with an apt solution. You can also give an idea about Meera’s financial background to set the context.

The idea is to get your students interested in doing the math.

These are a few tried and tested strategies used by Cuemath Teachers. Let us know what you think if you implement them!

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Meryl Vincent

Campaign Associate at Cuemath
Meryl is the resident blogger at Cuemath. She works with Cuemath teachers and students to bring out their math related stories. Apart from this, she also collaborates with the Curriculum team at Cuemath to bring out the fascinating side of math through articles and contests. You can contact her on meryl@cuemath.com for any blog related enquiry.