Though high school level math may be where getting extra math problem help at home becomes more difficult for some, you can still help them work through their problems logically by asking the following question:
Is there anything you do know about the problem that might help you get started?
Laying out all the information at the top encourages students to look at smaller parts of the problem or see similarities with other types of math problems they’ve already solved. Realizing that they’ve solved a similar problem before not only builds confidence but can also spark their memory of the equations or operations they used at the time to find the answer.
Does your answer make sense?
Learning Coaches can use this question to help students evaluate their solutions. If students don’t take the time to consider whether or not their solution makes sense, they sometimes end up submitting an incorrect answer despite having a solid understanding of the steps necessary to complete the task. If they slow down to give math problems a bit of extra thought, students can also gain insight into how well they understand (or don’t understand!) the material.
Whether your family attends online school, homeschool, or a brick-and-mortar school, asking these questions will empower you to get more involved in your student’s learning and help them move forward in math.
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