5 ways to help your child with their maths homework

By Hannah McDowell Monday, June 23, 2014

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The time comes for all of us when we have to say to our child: “Sorry, I can’t help you with your maths homework because I don’t understand it myself.” But fear not – you can still help your child figure out the maths for themself whilst gaining from the experience yourself. Read below for our top tips on how to help your child with their maths homework even when you’re struggling to answer the questions yourself:

  1. Firstly, make sure you reassure your child that it is ok to ask for help and encourage them to talk through what it is exactly that they are struggling with. This often leads to the child figuring out the problem for themselves without you even having to provide input.
  2. If your child really is stuck, don’t just ask them to remember how their teacher said to do it – instead ask them to show you an example from a worksheet or textbook that explains how to find the answer.
  3. If there are no examples available, you can use the Internet to look up the specific concepts and/or operations involved in the question. There are many websites out there designed to help with maths problems and there’s bound to be one to match what you’re looking for. This can also help demonstrate to your child how the Internet can be used as a helpful resource.
  4. Once you’ve found a sample problem, either online or in a textbook, help your child identify a step-by-step process to working out the answer for themselves.
  5. Try not to spend more than 15-20 minutes working through a maths problem together with your child. If it’s taking longer than this to find the solution then the teacher should be informed that additional help is required during class to explain the concepts involved.
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