How To Help Your Child Overcome Math Phobia?


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Tips to your child to overcome math phobia
3. Conclusion
4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
5. External References

22 January 2021

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If your child is facing the fear of math, then take solace from the fact that he/she is not alone. A majority of the students nowadays suffer from this problem.

One of the biggest anxieties that children suffer from is math phobia, i.e. the fear of math. This problem has been there for a long time and has increased exponentially nowadays due to the mounting study pressures and an ever-increasing size of the syllabus that they have to cover in school.

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There are several reasons why your child might be scared of math. However, there are certain ways in which you as a parent can help them to overcome it and actually enjoy learning the subject on their own.

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How To Help Your Child Overcome Math Phobia?


Tips for your child to overcome Math Phobia

There are several reasons why your child might be scared of math. However, there are certain ways in which you as a parent can help them to overcome it and actually enjoy learning the subject on their own.

  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 until the child gains the necessary confidence.

  1. Make the fundamentals clear

Clarifying the fundamental concepts is the first step in making your child ready to grasp the advanced concepts of math later. So revisit the basics of math with the child whenever required and understand the concepts where the knowledge is lacking. Revise those areas to give the child the necessary clarity he/she needs.

  1. Constant Practice

It is said that practice makes a man perfect, and this is applicable to math as well. Make the child solve at least 5 math problems every day so that the concepts get deep-rooted in his / her mind. The child will also become confident in applying the knowledge to solve the math problems independently without facing any problems.

  1. Encourage questions

Many children who we have talked to have a lot of questions about mathematics which they are afraid to ask anyone. Make yourself available to solve all the questions that your child has and encourage him/her to be curious. In this way, you will be giving the necessary clarity which will enable your child to overcome math phobia.

  1. Practical activities

A great way to boost the interest levels of your child in mathematics is to engage in various practical activities and math games that the child can enjoy. Find out various mental math problems and math games from the internet which the child can solve. This will make the math concepts come alive in his / her mind and eventually remove their fear of the subject.

  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.


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

Click here to know more about the fear of math discussed by an Educational Psychologist. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Math Phobia

1. Why is math the most hated subject?

Most of the students feel difficulty in understanding the concepts of math. Cuemath helps the student to fall in love with math.

2. What is the fear of math called?

Numerophobia, arithmophobia or mathematics anxiety is an anxiety disorder, where the condition is fear of dealing with numbers or mathematics.

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