If not addressed, their feelings of inadequacy and failure can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. These hints for your child can help turn a child’s math anxiety into math success, says Joannie Wilson, a teacher and math department chair at North Middle School in Omaha, Neb.
Remember that boys and girls can do math equally well.
Be positive. When you start to think math is hard, it will be. You are much more likely to solve a problem if you think you can.
When you start to feel anxious about math, stop and take a deep breath. Work on something else for a few minutes.
Make a list of your math worries on a sheet of paper. Next to each worry, write down a possible solution.
Be prepared. Study math every day.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Other students probably have the same question as you.
Write questions down while studying, so you remember them.
Keep notes, old tests, and quizzes to study from later.
Occasionally review past material to show yourself how much you remember.
Redo problems you miss so you understand them.
Study with a friend or tell your parents what you are learning. People understand more when they explain it to someone else.
Keep a sense of humor. If you miss a problem, it’s not the end of the world.
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