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Is the new school year MATHS-friendly for your child?
  • Is your child behind in Maths?
  • Is your child losing interest in the subject?
  • Do you hear "it is not making sense at all" quite often?
  • Has Homework time always been a struggle?
  • Is your child not challenged enough?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions then it is time for you to get in touch with us! 

 

Call Today For a FREE Diagnostic Test!
Take the first step towards providing your child with a solid maths foundation. Give us a call or register online to schedule your free consultation session! Our meeting will give you and your child a sense of who we are, what we do, and how we can help. Call or complete the form to get started.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOUR CHILD?

It’s a matter uncovering the differences among the programs by asking the right questions. Just as you might “interview” a potential doctor or school for your child, ask the staff of any program you’re considering the questions below.

  1. Can this program determine the root of your child’s issue? If your child has been struggling in maths for a while and you’ve tried different after-school programs or tutors, to no avail, it’s likely because no one has truly determined which fundamental knowledge gaps are causing them problems in maths class. Traditional private tutoring services, for example, rely on kids to say, “I need help with this,” but this is a very unreliable way to pinpoint problems. There could be numerous reasons that a child has issues with fractions or algebra, for example—reasons that need a maths education expert to identify them. The vast majority of tutors and programs can’t assess exactly where your child needs help and where they are ready to progress.

  2. Is it fun? Most kids don’t think of maths as fun, but a summer program must have some fun elements to work. Are the instructors trained on getting kids to engage with the maths on a higher level and to motivate learning by making maths more interesting and stimulating? Do they do fun activities during the summer? Do they give rewards for working hard and reaching milestones? Do they build some fun into what they do each week? Remember, the more enjoyable it is, the more your child will want to attend and the more they will gain from it.

  3. Does it fit your child’s level and pace? The summer is all too short, and it’s tempting to try to accomplish too much before school starts again. You don’t want your child pushed so fast that they won’t learn to truly the understand maths concepts. Be wary of programs that over promise. If a child is a year or more behind in maths, it will take more than one summer to bring them fully up to speed, but a good program will include goals for key topics that your child can master during the summer.

  4. Does the staff teach face-to-face or to an entire group at once? Even children in the same maths level at school can be on wildly disparate levels in their actual understanding. When a teacher teaches to a group, he or she can’t address those differences. The best learning is done face-to-face, with an instructor who interacts directly with the individual child: probing for where there might be a disconnect in understanding and encouraging the child to discover the joy of “aha!” moments.

  5. Is there a learning plan designed just for your child? Too many summer programs use a one-size-fits-all approach, with a curriculum that is designed for an entire “level” rather than the individual child. Look for a program that will make the most of summer months by tailoring the curriculum to what your child—and only your child—needs.

  6. Can it work with your family’s schedule? School year could mean school, swimming, soccer, tennis, and other activities for children. Will the program be able to accommodate your schedule? What types of programs are available?

  7. Does it demand homework? Some learning programs give worksheets to children to do at home. That’s truly discouraging to a child during the summer time, and during the school year it burdens a child who is already swamped with homework. (Instead, look for a program that can assist your child with homework assigned in class.) 

Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to get to the heart of how a maths program works. The right program, with individualized instruction, will set up your child for higher maths achievement for years to come.

Are you not sure about the strengths and weakness of your child in Maths? Avail our FREE Assessment to understand where your child needs help. Call us today to register for the FREE Assessment.

You can reach us on (02) 9871 0913 or email us at carlingford@mathnasium.com.au