I use this "trick" with students who know their basic math but need to increase their speed and accuracy. I play "math war". It is based on the card game war, but builds math speed. The basics: Remove all face cards (leave the Aces) Deal the cards as you would in the game "war" Players flip the top card and the first player to call out the sum of the cards wins that round Count... read more
Elementary Math Resources
An introduction from a tutor on WyzAnt.com, Greg K.
Hi, I would be honored in having the opportunity of working with students and parents. The education and success of students are very important to me and I would love to do what I can to help. I am a math and education major with an Associate's of Arts and Teaching Degree from Lee College and I am seeking a teaching career. I live in the Baytown area and I am not able to provide my... read more
When addressing general learning - especially in K-6 - we must keep in mind that subjects cannot be separated from one another. An obvious example is science, which requires mathematics, writing, and usually reading. Mathematics word problems, of course, require skill in reading and logic. If we consider social studies, we quickly realize that reading, writing, science, and math concepts are... read more
Hello everyone, it's been a while since I updated this blog, but I'd like to give a few tips to parents for helping their kids get ready for multiplication and division. If you are introducing the concept of multiplication: Explain to your child that multiplication is an easy way add up the same number Example: You could take a whole bunch of pencils, let's say 6,... read more
Elementary Math Help In this section, you will find explanations to many mathematical processes learned in elementary school, grades 1-8. The navigation (on the left) is set up to progress in a general order of how topics are learned; however, you (students, parents, and tutors) may find it more helpful to simply look for the topic you need help with. Nearly every main page has sub-pages,... read more
Here's a sample addition problem of 2 2-digit numbers: 36 + 48 Referring to that problem above, on a piece of paper, I would make 6 and 8 dots for the place value of ones and 3 and 4 vertical lines for the place value of tens. This would help any kid understand the structure of each number so that he or she could learn how to add them. To prove that the... read more
Developing a grounded understanding of numbers, and number operations provides the firmest foundation for learning math. Touching, seeing, and manipulating physical objects are perhaps the surest way to accomplish that in the beginning. Developing the practice of drawing pictures to reflect an arithmetic or story problem is the next step and soon becomes a central tool for thinking through... read more
Although learning is an awesome thing, it can be a difficult and frustrating journey for many students. This difficulty, however, is often times quite normal although most feel it means that a child may not be able to learn or that he/she is so frustrated that learning is no longer taking place. This is where the experienced tutor steps in; for frustration in learning is a part of the learning... read more
Humans have a tremendous capacity to learn and adapt. However, we consistently build barriers that hinder our natural ability to change and grow. Many people, regardless of age, perceive themselves as not being talented enough to excel at math and science. They view math and science as the realms in which only scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and geniuses truly soar. Nothing could... read more
Each summer I have a few students who work on both math and reading to keep the 'flow' and/or prep for the upcoming year. These students and their parents are completely committed to the idea of always learning as opposed to the idea of only learning in the classroom or merely learning during the school year... in essence, the parents are setting the foundation for lifelong learning. I... read more
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES Now that students, teachers, parents and tutors have had a chance to catch their breath from final exams, it's time to make use of the weeks we have before school starts back. Consider all that could be accomplished in the next few weeks: Areas of math that students NEVER REALLY GRASPED could be fully explained. This could be elementary skills like adding fractions,... read more
Unless you or your child attends a year – round school, summer vacation begins sometime in the next week or so. College students have read more pages than they thought humanly possible, taken many exams, written research papers, and stayed up way too late over the past 10 months. Parents of school – aged children have helped with homework, gone to parent/ teacher conferences, E-mailed teachers,... read more
Hi math students :) When preparing for a mathematics tutoring session, try to have the following things at hand... Textbook (online or e-text) Syllabus, assignment, tips/hints/suggestions, answer sheet/key Class notes Pencils, pens, erasers, paper (graph paper, ruler, protractor) All necessary formulas, laws, tables, constants, etc. Calculator that you will use on tests Do... read more
I have been working with a few students who are ready to learn math much, MUCH faster than allowed by the traditional classroom model in which math is taught over 6 to 8 years. Based on this experience I believe that many students as young as 4th grade and as old as 8th grade (when starting in the program) can master math in 2 years from simple addition through the first semester of Calculus,... read more
May is a busy month for schools. Standardized tests, field trips, and graduation planning takes center stage. Teachers meet with parents of struggling students as well as those who would benefit from summer enrichment classes to discuss summer school enrollment. This article will help parents/ guardians decide whether or not to enroll their child(ren) in summer school. A "Bad Rap" The... read more
Like any puzzle, it is difficult to find the solution without an order of operation, a guide that helps you take one step at a time.
Let's face it "most" people really do not understand the language of Math and this is why you often hear people say, "I don't like math" or "I was never really good at math". Mathematics is a language of and unto itself. If you understand the language, then you understand the content. If you understand the content, then the processes become a piece of cake to learn and employ. So, here's... read more
IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades'... read more
Spring is in the air and it's a time for new beginnings! Preparations for the PSIA Contest are underway in multiple subjects and it's a joy to see lights go on as words come out spelled correctly the first time and numbers flow. A great danger is always the tendency to second-guess oneself. When a student feels that confidence in their first instinct great things happen!