Best Strategies for Motivating Students in Math


5 November 2020

Read time: 5 minutes


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, students need to find math interesting enough.

Motivating students to be enthusiastically receptive is one of the most important aspects of mathematics instruction and a critical aspect of any curriculum. Effective teachers focus attention on the less interested students as well as the motivated ones.

Mathematics in Nature

Psychologists suggest maths will develop an analytical mind with better organization of ideas, it will make us an accurate expression of thoughts. Man’s Life is purely dependent and part of numerical and calculation.

Important notes to remember
“Mathematics, the language in which God has written the world."
-Galileo Galilei 


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

Best Strategies for Motivating Students in Math

Help dispel the idea that math is boring by having fun with math. Let kids play with patterns or create math-based art. Teach them math games or use fun math activity sheets. And if you really want to jazz up math time to help kids stop saying “I hate math,” try the Bumper Book of Fun Math Games and Activities.

Best Strategies for Motivating Students in Math are mentioned below in the Downloadable PDF. 

📥 Best Strategies for Motivating Students in Math


Challenge your students

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.

Importance of puzzles in learning Mathematics

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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.

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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.

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.

Different types of trip planning sites: goibobo, tripadvisor, kayak, makemytrip,

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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If disliking maths starts early on students aren’t able to build on a strong foundation in the subject and end up resenting it all the way into adult life.

For every student who hates maths, there is one who enjoys the subject and relishes working out problems. What sets them apart? It could be their mindset.

A new study reinforces a long-standing belief that being motivated to do math has to do with the mindset – specifically, the growth mentality.

Research has shown that the growth mindset is a legitimate theory, and that people’s mindsets can change over time, but a new experiment shows clear evidence that it really is true when it comes to maths.

Child loving and solving Mathematics

So if you’re a teacher struggling to get students motivated in math class, a switch in approach that encourages growth mindset could be just what you need.

And for students who feel they were just not born to do math, don’t give up! Changing the way you do math could change how you feel about the subject and inspire you to have more confidence, and in turn, ace your maths tests!

Still don't believe us? Then listen to the famous high school mathematics teacher and YouTube Star, Eddie Woo explain the same in this Tedx Talk.

You can also check out our Blog 4 Short stories on Math loving which has testimonials of 4 people who initially disliked math ended up loving it because of a change in their Growth Mentality. 

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