(Written by Noelle Eberts) Math has a reputation for being the subject that only a few people are good at and even fewer really enjoy. As a parent, teacher, or tutor, it’s difficult to motivate learning especially when the subject is one most people struggle with. Here are a few tips to make math fun for students and those helping them learn it.
Nothing motivates learning like competition. Whether it’s in a classroom or just one student working alone, being faced with a challenge can really inspire students to work. In math, this can be as simple as having the student or students compete in timed drills on basic math facts. Students can also be divided into teams and given questions that are worth points. Flash cards and the free website xtramath.org are a useful tool as well and can double as practice exercises if you have the student make the cards themselves. [Read more…]