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How to deal with your child's Math Anxiety?

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19 November 2020

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Introduction

What is math anxiety?

Mathematical anxiety or math phobia is worry or concern about one's ability to do mathematics.

 

Does your child suffer from Math Anxiety?
Math anxiety is a problem that students often face. This is because of the fact that they feel that math is a very difficult subject which is sometimes nearly impossible to grasp. The way in which math is taught in schools is also dull, which does little to interest them in math.

Child suffering from math anxiety

It will, however, be incorrect to blame school solely for generating math anxiety in children. However improbable it may sound, the parents are often the source of such fear. Sometimes they do or say things which have a negative impact on the confidence levels of the child, resulting in increased math anxiety. 

 

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 Below are some of the common mistakes that parents make teaching math to their children.


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What do you tell your children about maths?

Many parents are not careful about how they are communicating with their children. Are you doing the same?

They tend to say things that are perceived in a negative sense and unnecessarily the child starts to think that math is difficult. While teaching your child, always try to emphasize how he/she can become proficient in the subject with some understanding and practice. Do not give your child a negative impression that math is a very difficult subject. They shouldn't be worrying about it. Make sure your child has a completely unbiased opinion towards the subject. 

Child suffering from Math anxiety surrounded by books


Is your experience harming your child's?

Many parents have themselves been afraid of mathematics since their childhood and this fear grips them once again when they try to teach their children. If you do this, you won't be able to help your child with math at all, which in turn develops math anxiety. 

Child suffering from Math Anxiety with head against blackboard


Do you feel like it's okay for him/her to not be good?

Some parents also give an impression to the child that it is okay not to be good at math since they can do many other things in the future. This results in the child not trying to learn Math in a proper way and the Math anxiety stays with them forever. It also gets transferred to the next generation when they grow up.

Mother and Daughter worried suffering from Math Anxiety


Summary

This blog talks about how to best teach math to your child. An essential part of correct parenting is to avoid any of these mistakes right from when the child starts to learn. Even if you have not been very comfortable with math yourself, do not give that impression to your child. Let him explore the world of mathematics with a free and relaxed mind and support the child in every way so that they become strong in math over time.


Make sure you motivate them to practice regularly and work hard. 30 to 60 minutes of practice questions every day is ideal. If you begin to find it too hard, we at Cuemath have taught over 40,000 students. We also have numerous practice sheets and puzzles.

 

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FAQs

How to overcome Math anxiety?

  • Confidence and Preparation
  • Remember you aren't alone, many have suffered from the same problem
  • Ask questions, clear your doubts
  • There are many ways to solve a single problem. Don't get startled if the teacher's way is different from yours. 
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Read your text before classes
  • Practice regularly 
  • Be responsible, catch up on everything you miss
  • Strengthen your fundamentals 

Can math cause anxiety?

Doing math can cause negative emotions in some students like fear of failure. This harms their ability to perform. This is called 'math anxiety'.

Anxiety meaning in Hindi

In Hindi, Anxiety is called चिंता (chinta). 


External References 

Ferris.edu - Reduce Math Anxiety

OxfordLearning - What is Math Anxiety


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