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How To Learn And Improve Your Maths


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Find out the easiest way on how to improve in maths using everyday tricks.

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How To Learn And Improve Your Maths

  1. 1. ==== ====For tips on dealing with mental maths without using a calculator or pens, try this Fun With Figuressite. ====There is a strong link between visual input and math comprehension. Elementary school studentswho somehow miss out on the "eye-brain-number" connection may have trouble in math class.Failure to perceive patterns in everyday situations can contribute to difficulties in higher gradelevels. If patterns in floor tiles, sidewalks, brick walls, fabric designs, etc. are never noticed, a childmay have problems with basic math concepts like multiplication. If a child cant estimate numbersof things fairly closely, math class may bring on unpleasant feelings or fear. A difficulty estimatingis an indication that math help may be needed.As a special education teacher of middle-school aged students, I saw that these types of deficitswere responsible for many children being several grade-levels behind in math. I devised sometechniques that helped them greatly. First I had to identify any lapses in basic computation skills.Then I designed lessons that focused on fixing them. Here are a few of the game-type activitiesthat parents, siblings or tutors can use at home to produce real progress in math. Choose thosewhich will address the specific needs of your child.The first involves using dice. If you have a Yahtzee game, you already have the five dice thatcome with the game. Other games like Parcheesi or Monopoly also have dice. Dice are excellentfor improving addition speed through recognition of patterns.Here are a few ways to help your child improve basic math skills:Throw three dice and quickly add them. Focus on recognizing like numbers (4+4, 6+6) as theyoccur and add them first.Throw four dice and find combinations that add up to ten (4+6, 5+5) and then look for likenumbers. Adding anything to ten is very easy.Throw all five dice and use both like numbers and ten combinations. Have someone time you overseveral throws to get an average time to get the totals. Keep this number to compare with futureefforts and measure improvement.A couple sets of dominos can be used to improve multiplication ability. Make three or four stacksof dominos of equal heights. Quickly have your child say the total number of dominos bymultiplying the number in each stack by the number of stacks. Adding the individual dominos is notallowed except to check for accuracy. Ask your child to demonstrate that three stacks of two is thesame as two stacks of three. This is an important principle in multiplication (2 x 3 = 3 x 2).Using a checkerboard and two large sheets of paper or cardboard, cover various rows to reveal a
  2. 2. rectangle or square pattern. Ask you child to quickly say the total number of squares exposed.Begin with two rows and increase the number gradually (2 x 2, 2 x 3, 3 x 4, etc.) depending onyour childs ability.Vary the games occasionally to keep the process fresh and to focus on specific needs. Comparethe new timing averages for dice addition and for domino multiplication so you will be able tomeasure progress. Over a few weeks you should see an improvement in speed as the visual-brain-connection develops.After you try these techniques, you will have a pretty good idea of whether some remedial work onbasic math facts would be a good idea. The MATH CATCH-UP GUIDE covers these areas plusother 5th and 6th grade math concepts in an enjoyable 38 lesson format.The creator of the Math Catch-up Guide, Bill Swift, is a retired special education teacher who hasdeveloped practical techniques for improving math comprehension. A parent, sibling or tutor canhelp an upper elementary (4th-7th grade) pupil make quick progress. Please go to ( ) for more information and to purchaseyour copy of the guide.Article Source: ====For tips on dealing with mental maths without using a calculator or pens, try this Fun With Figuressite. ====