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08/30/2016
When we think of math, we think of numbers and operations like additions, multiplications, fractions, and divisions. Most of the times, we forget to consider that math also involves shapes, telling time, measurements and weight, and even reading. The Tutoring Center, Plano TX offers Math, Reading and Writing lessons, and today they bring you how integrate the three. Solving math problems can be simple; you receive the information, learn the procedure, and get the results. Usually, we just have to solve equations; the numbers are given to us. Other times, we have an actual problem with many words, a reading problem. It is pretty common for students to struggle understanding those. You have to be able to locate the key words and understand what the problem is asking you to solve. Many times a teacher will have to intervene and explain in simpler terms what the problem says. Ideally, students should understand what they need to do without the need of an explanation. That is where reading meets math. The characteristics of effective readers are:
  • Being able to locate key information
  • Distinguish main ideas and supporting details
  • Ask questions before, during, and after reading
  • Connect new concepts with existing ideas
  • Evaluate new information
Coincidentally, these reading skills also describe effective math problem solvers. In order to be able to understand math problems, you have to develop your reading skills. Tutoring in Plano TX will help students become and effective reader and problem solver.

Starting Them Out Young

Children don't need to be in school to start learning.  Math and reading lessons should start at home. There are plenty of children's books out there that talk about math themes. Even if the main topic isn't math, you can make any book leave them a lesson. Read the story and look at the illustrations, and ask questions like "How many people are in the picture?" "How many shapes can you recognize?" "How many people do you think will be on the next page?" Be careful not to overdo it because your child might lose interest. Marilyn Burns is a children’s author who specializes in mathematics, she is highly recommended by many teachers. Her books combine the fun part of reading and illustrations and range from K1 to 4th grade. At The Tutoring Center, Plano TX, we work with students from different grades and ages, offering them one-on-one tutoring in Plano TX. Call (469) 277-8177 to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

Math and Writing

For older students, who have a better grasp of math, there are some methods or to connect math with language, here are some ideas:

Learning Logs

Each student has their own journal and they will make notes about what they learned.  Say the topic of the week is fractions, and you work on them Monday through Friday. The following Monday, the first thing students will do on Math class is take out their journal and write down in their own words what they learned the week before. What are fractions? How do they work? How would you use them in the real word? They have to write as if they were explaining the fraction problem to themselves or their classmates. After they finish writing, choose one or two students to explain what they wrote, then ask other students if they understood or if they have an easier way to understand them.  Later students can go back to their logs and make changes if they need to.

Taking Notes

Along with the notes they usually take in class, ask them to make notes next to them  to help them remember the most important parts of the lesson or what it was they had to do to get to the answer. They can  make little suggestions to themselves to make the work easier.  Note taking encourages students to create their own connections between new concepts and materials they already know, as well as their personal experiences.

Student Teacher

Have the student explain things to you. It is said that if you can explain a concept it means you truly learned it. Maybe the student can explain it in easier terms, and you can understand the thought process behind their answers and explanations. For some students, it can be easier to understand something when it comes out of the mouth of a peer. If in a classroom, give extra points to the student who is teaching. If this is a home activity, maybe give them their choice of treat if they successfully explained the concepts.

Math Glossaries

Each student gets a math related word and does some research on it. They must give a clear definition, a sentence using the word correctly, and an appropriate drawing. Since it’s a glossary, students will have to make short definitions, but with comprehensible sentences so this glossary can be their study aid.

For Tutoring in Plano TX

Improving  your children's math, reading and writing skills at The Tutoring Center, Plano TX will give them the tools to become more effective students.  Schedule your free assessment consultation at the learning center today and call us at (469) 277-8177 for more information on tutoring in Plano TX.

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