Traditional math homework often involves completing a set of similar math problems. The goal is to get the correct answer, often showing the steps performed on the way. If your child struggles with math, you know first hand the frustration they experience when faced with a page of math problems they cannot solve.
You may have struggled with math yourself, leaving both you and your child feeling helpless. The purpose of the Get It Guide Math Tutorials is to help your child develop confidence and a positive attitude that anyone CAN learn math, even when it’s not easy.
Solving a math problem can involve performing a series of steps and calculations. Students will often judge their understanding by their ability to get the correct answer. If they get a wrong answer they may think… “I don’t get it!”
This is usually not the case. There are often some steps they do understand. But they may forget a step, or get them out of sequence. Which step or calculation do they not yet understand? This is the most important part of the learning process: to figure out where their difficulty is, so that your child can go back to school the next day and pinpoint this difficulty to their teacher, rather than saying nothing, or ” I just don’t get it”.
Learning how to speak up and advocate for themselves is an important skill for your child to learn at this stage, not just for math, but also for life.
Get It Guide Math Tutorials use effective questions to deconstruct and break down a math solution into smaller simpler steps. In the classroom, teachers use similar questions to help students focus on key solving steps, and to assess students’ understanding. Your child can practice the same approach to question themselves, and to think aloud when working through a math problem. This is what effective problem solvers do.