Why is My Child Struggling with Math?

Why is my child struggling with math is the #1 question I’ve been asked in the past three years. Many students whose learning was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic are having a rough time in their math classes this year.

You may have seen this in your child. It can be especially hard to watch if you know they can do better and their performance in math class doesn’t reflect their ability. You may feel like they aren’t reaching their potential.

I answered this question so often that I decided to write this short eBook to help parents understand their child’s math difficulties. Download this free guide today to learn why your child is struggling with math and start working towards removing those blocks. Plus, you’ll receive my weekly advice column where I answer questions from parents about how to support their child’s learning. That’s practical advice for how to help your kid learn, direct to your inbox every week.

Why is My Child Struggling with Math: a free 20-page guide for parents!

Inside the "Why is My Child Struggling with Math?" eBook

In this free eBook guide, you’ll learn the following steps of solving a math problem, with examples:

  1. Understanding the question
  2. Selecting a math tool
  3. Applying that math tool

Next, we’ll look at how to spot a block in each step, with more examples.

Finally, I’ll discuss how to remove that block and the best way to support your child in doing that.

Why Kids Struggle in Math

After falling behind a little, some students begin to doubt themselves even if they’d performed well in math class before. They might tell you they just aren’t any good at math, or that they’ll never learn it. Unfortunately, teachers often aren’t very helpful. They might tell your child to read slower and be careful, or read faster and keep up, without addressing the math challenges your child is facing. They might just tell your child to practice more, or complete additional homework. This is especially frustrating if your child is already spending hours a night on math homework.

Maybe you’ve tried to help your child with math by yourself, but that can be even tougher. It’s probably been a while since you’ve seen the material, if you ever learned it at all. And even if you’re comfortable with the math, some kids just don’t want to listen to their parents.

My Advantage Over Math Teachers

I understand that each child is different and needs a different approach. The block that one child is experiencing in math class isn’t necessarily the block their classmates are facing. And since solving math problems uses a whole set of skills, not just one, “math difficulties” can refer to a whole lot of things.

Teachers don’t always have the time to observe a student one-on-one and figure out why they’re struggling. But I’ve spent nearly ten years working closely with students to understand their difficulties and overcome them together. I can quickly spot the exact moment my students lose track of the math, and I can tailor my instruction individually to each of my students.

I’ve collected my experience understanding why kids are struggling with math into this 20-page guide. Now I’d like to share it with you, free of charge. Inside, you’ll find my philosophy for understanding math problems, the three types of block I see most often, and practical strategies for addressing each one.

Being Good at Math is Fun

Work with your child on their math skills using the methods I describe in the guide and you’ll witness a transformation. Everyone loves to be good at something. Math isn’t enjoyable for your child right now because they’re struggling.

But once you break through that block and they start to understand the work and start nailing those questions, they’ll absolutely light up. Nothing feels better than crushing a problem that was giving you trouble last week. I’ve seen students that swore they hated math go on to become math majors and statistics majors in college! Confidence really makes all the difference.

Download this free guide today to start understanding your child’s math difficulties and start working towards removing those blocks. Plus, you’ll receive my weekly advice column where I answer questions from parents about how to support their child’s learning. That’s practical advice for how to help your kid learn, direct to your inbox every week.

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I’ll ask some questions to get to know you, learn about your goals and your obstacles, and start coming up with a study plan.

We’ll decide when the best time for you to test is, have you register for the test, and plan backward from there. We’ll also decide how many tests you should schedule.

I like to hit the ground running by learning and practicing the best strategies for each student, so I gather information ahead of time in the form of an hour-long cognitive assessment. This tool helps me understand each student’s strengths and weaknesses so I can craft the best study plan for them. I use MindPrint Learning to assess my students’ strengths and needs.

Based on the information you provided me and what I learned from the assessment, I’ll craft a study plan. This is my recommendation for the practice I think you should do before your first test date. If you like, you take this study plan and work through it on your own. If you’d like additional guidance or one-on-one instruction, we’ll talk about signing up for private sessions.