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by Rebecca Forbes


1.Instill the desire to succeed and to go the extra mile. To establish the desire to succeed, kids must first believe they can do it and then set goals to achieve it. Sit down with your kids, discuss their goals for their grade-point average, and outline the commitment it will take. This might

mean going the extra mile by doing more than the assigned work, such as practicing the tough questions at the end of each section until they can be answered with absolute ease. Another extra that can help boost marks is to complete assignments prior to the due date — for teacher review.

2. Help your child master basic math skills. Developing a fluency in recalling number facts will give kids the foundation to solve more complex problems, answer questions quickly, and easily identify errors. Mastering basic skills takes time and effort. Work with kids every day to memorize the basic multiplication and addition facts so they don't even realize they are calculating in their heads. When this is achieved, a child will be able to focus on the concept of the question, rather than the numbers.

3. Work with your child to increase speed in basic skills and to develop patience for challenges. Whether your child is excelling or struggling in math, improving speed in basic skills is a fast way to see grades improve. At home, encourage him to do his work faster. Use a stopwatch to turn this task into a game. The goal should be to finish a test fast enough so it can be done twice within the allotted time frame. Leaving enough time to double-check work is how small, but crucial, mistakes are found. Be careful not to replace accuracy for speed; both are needed to succeed. Parents should also help their child develop patience when tackling challenging questions. Some kids become frustrated and give up. By practicing the tough questions at home, your child will become more accustomed to the time required and learn how important it is to persevere.

4. Be constantly involved in your child's schooling. This means finding out what they have for homework and following up to ensure it is done well. It also means being involved with the school and making sure the teachers know you — even when they are in high school. By keeping in regular contact with the school, you will be able to immediately address problems that arise and work as a team to reach your child's education goals.

Tips courtesy of Spirit of Math Schools: www.spiritofmath.com.

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