Here’s how to motivate your teen in math:
If he likes reading and writing, ask his teacher if he can do some extra word problems. He may be more comfortable with this kind of math. It may turn his interest to other types of math as a result.
If he’s struggling with algebra, a course often required to graduate, he may be able to take a class that teaches algebra at a slower pace. These classes offer extra review to make sure students understand how each concept relates to the next.
If he can’t see the point of taking so much math, he might like a course that focuses on the practical use of math. Accounting and statistics are two such courses.
If he likes computers, ask a teacher to recommend some software you could borrow or rent. There are many programs that teach and sharpen math skills.
If he’s a math whiz, encourage him to take the highest level math available at his school. Consider having him take a college math course if he’s hungry for more.
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