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# How math makes your child a better decision maker

What does it mean to be a good decision maker?

Let’s suppose you have Rs.500 and you’re out to buy a pair of shoes. Would you buy five pairs worth Rs.100 each, or would you look for a branded pair which costs you maybe Rs. 499?

The choice would vary depending on what your purpose is. Is it for yourself or a gift? Is it an investment or do you want to switch according to the trend? There would be a few things you take into consideration before the final purchase. Making informed decisions with the available data is a skill that is developed.

Observe

Remember how you used to solve data-handling problems back in school? In these problems, you didn’t simply read the data and answer the questions. Instead, you observed and assimilated the information.

When we learn to observe our surroundings, we tend to make better decisions. We observe the available options in the market, their characteristics, functionality, etc.

Similarly, the more informed your child is, the easier it gets for them to make a decision.

Estimate

When we have all the information about an item, let’s say a refrigerator, we can predict how long it may last, how much time it will take to cool the items and how often we will have to clean the insides. This sort of estimation will help us in fixing a particular model as our first choice.

Compare

In junior grades, we were made to compare different shapes. Then in higher grades, we were given information to compare. Comparing is an important step to making most decisions.

Following the example of purchasing a refrigerator, after we estimate the functionality of different models, we would have two or more models that we like. In this situation, we would compare which one among them is better, which item is more efficient, which item is the most cost-effective, etc.

Prioritize

Once we finish comparing, we prioritize the qualities that are of use to us.

It’s the same case with a math problem that is loaded with information. All we need to do is pick the information that is relevant and put it to use.

A mega-capacity French refrigerator may look fancy and exciting but it’s might be an unnecessary investment for a 3-member family.

Conclude

Concluding a decision involves finalising our purchase.

Of course, you can always follow your instinct and choose what you really like. But a good number of math exercises can ensure that your instincts become stronger. Having your child practice such exercises helps them in the long run and their decision-making skill become more precise. Cuemath takes care of this with our aptitude exercises that students encounter on the tab. These exercises provide them with sufficient data to make quick decisions and move ahead, earning skills.

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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.