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5 Tips To Help Your Child Overcome The Fear Of Math

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11 January 2021

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Does your child fear math?

If your child is facing the fear of math, then take solace from the fact that he/she is not alone.

kid fearing math

A majority of the students nowadays suffer from this problem. The good news is that as a parent, you can do many things to help your child overcome the fear of math without having to depend on others.

Students often develop mathematical anxiety in schools, often as a result of learning from teachers who are themselves anxious about their mathematical abilities in certain areas.

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  1. Be patient

 If your child is facing difficulties in understanding math or in solving math problems, do not lose your patience or scold the child in any way. Explain the topics repeatedly or revise the old lessons till the child gains the necessary confidence.

kid practicing math

  1. Try explaining with practical examples

If your child is unable to understand a particular lesson, then it’s time for you to be creative. Find out a simpler way to explain the concept using simple examples of what the child sees in his / her day to day life. This is a proven approach which can make it easier for the student to learn the lessons as well as overcome the fear of math.

kid doing math with the help of abacus

  1. Practice repeatedly

By making your child solve the math problems regularly, you will ensure that he/she is able to apply the math concepts practically. Regular practice will give them all the confidence that they will need to answer their school math examination papers without any problems.

kid doing math problems

  1. Slow down

Never force your child to learn math. Instead, try to make the learning experience as enjoyable for the child as possible. If you find that your child is facing difficulty in understanding any topic, then slow down. Give the child as much time as he/she requires to understand and remember the concept.

If you speed through the lessons, then the fundamentals will not be clear and the child will face severe problems in understanding the advanced math problems in the future.

Father teaching math to kid

 

  1. Play math games

To make learning math and enjoyable experience, try to play math games with the child regularly. Making the child solve mental math problems and also playing other games that involve counting and other mathematical operations will prove to be very useful for making math learning interesting for the child.

Not only will this remove the fear of math, but will also develop the creativity and logical reasoning skills of the child.

math games using LEGO


Conclusion

Math is not about doing calculations and limiting kids to textbook problems. Maths is a way of life! Forcing kids to follow set instructions will inhibit their ability to think and they will lose their natural curiosity.

Even though it gets annoying when a young child continuously asks “why”, you must understand that this is the way they learn best and begin thinking.

It is important for students to understand the WHY behind what they are learning. Here are a few measures to overcome math phobia;

  • Having a strong foundation is the key to becoming good at maths. Hence, get back to basics.
  • Acknowledging the subject is one of the major steps to conquer math phobia
  • Revising the concepts daily

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Math Phobia

What is Math Phobia? How to overcome the fear of math?

Math phobia is defined as a feeling of anxiety that stops one from efficiently tackling mathematical problems. 

  • Debunk Myth Around Math. When it comes to overcoming math anxiety, the first thing you need to do is to debunk every myth surrounding math.

  • Positive Reinforcement

  • Back To Basics

  • Make Math Fun

  • Develop A Growth Mindset


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