How To Do Difficult Math Homework Without Effort: Basic Tips


Parents often find helping kids do their math homework tedious or troublesome. The process is even exacerbated if parents do not comprehend the level of understanding of their kids or what stages of the learning curve the kids are on. However, the rule of thumb is to hold their hands and make them walk through the process. Even that can be at times challenging. Well, it need not be quite so challenging if you can follow some simple steps as follows:

  1. Muscle memory: Find specific math problems that your kid finds difficult to tackle. Then make a list of 10 similar problems with different facts and figures that require the same process of finding solutions. Give step-by-step instructions to tackle the problems. This repetitive process would kick in the muscle memory and will help kids tackle the next problem with ease until they ace it.
  2. Create stories: Most basic mathematical problems can be better understood with the help of practical solutions. Find ways to relate the problems to every-day situations and your child can better understand the problem at hand. Kids are receptive and attentive to stories by nature and can relate the stories to the problems at hand. So it’s a matter of widening their horizon to see the math problem from a different angle.
  3. Setting tools: The tools used for basic math calculations can be further used to enhance the understating of the problems. For example, if it’s a calculator that is being used to solve the puzzle take the kid to the shop while purchasing the calculator so that he or she feels comfortable and excited about the prospect of doing the homework using the tool without much of an effort.
  4. Reward them: Most kids have a fetish for something. Allow them to indulge as a reward for doing math homework. This way they would feel that they have really earned it, and this will motivate them to work harder and harder on the next homework assignment. Be careful what reward you use though because if the rewards are not motivating enough it might turn them off or worse still they would expect such rewards for every math problem.

By consistently following the above steps, you will be able to overcome the apathy that many kids go through when asked to do their homework. You may use all of them or some depending on the circumstances. It is also an excellent idea to evolve as you go along to gauge what works out best. After all, what suits one kid may not work out for the other as each kid is different. But whatever you do, it should be done with their best interests at heart.