My son has been struggling in math lately. I wanted to find a tutor, but I wasn’t sure where to start. So I turned to Noodle –Noodle is an education website helping parents and students make better decisions about learning. Using their interactive search tools, families can find the right preschool, college, tutor, or any other learning resource.
Noodle connected me with Maryann. She is a graduate student who has tutored for 7 years and loves tutoring. My son was reluctant to work with her at first (shyness took over), but once he sat down with her, he fully engaged with Maryann and actually got into her lesson.
Here’s a clip of their tutoring session:
Working with Maryann was a wonderful experience and we are so happy to have found her via Noodle! She really clicked with my son and we are hoping to work with her in 2016. If you are looking for someone amazing to work with your kids in the NYC area, we recommend Maryann. Maryann is an expert at Noodle and you can find her tutoring profile here.
Maryann gave me some good math word problem tips to use with kids.
Math Word Problem Tips
1) Read every word problem twice. Read it out loud once if you need to. This is always a good practice to make sure you don’t miss any key information.
2) Underline or circle key pieces of information, like numbers and “action words” (less than, fewer, more etc.).
3) Ask yourself what your answer is supposed to look on the paper before you write it. (e.g. Are you answering yes or no? Do you need to write a number of something?)
General Tips to Succeed with Math:
1) Know your basic match facts. Multiplication tables especially. When you know that 6 x 3 is 18, you’ll start to see that 18 divided 6 is 3 and 3 x 6 is 18. Then, you’ll see that 180 divided 60 is also 3 etc. Knowing multiplication tables back and forth will make a big difference in math performance.
2) Try to group numbers in easier ways to multiply, add, or subtract. This is easier to explain when walking someone through a problem, but as an example, try to think of 64 + 35 as: 60 + 30 and 4 + 5. This is a harder concept to grasp, but this is a large part of Common Core math.
3) Write down everything you’re thinking in your head as you think it. If you’re adding 5 and 2, write down that you added 5 and 2 so that you can follow your steps if you forget something.
Courtesy of Tutor Maryann Aita
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