# A Parent's Guide To Mathematical Achievement

Feb 22, 2018
Are some students destined to succeed in mathematics because they’re inherently “good at math?” The answer is no. Educators believe everyone can succeed at math. In celebration of Pi Day (March 14) and the National Math Month in April, here are some strategies that families and students can use to succeed in math.
The Power of Parents
Parents can make math matter outside of school by creatively unlocking the math problems hidden within everyday situations. Keeping track of batting averages provides a natural introduction to statistics, but mathematics can also be explored in less obvious activities. Rearranging a teenager’s room can turn into a geometry lesson by talking about the room’s square footage versus the space taken up by the child’s furniture or how the room’s shape determines interior design - the placement of objects.
By “mathematizing” daily activities such as shopping, parents can inspire confidence in their children’s math abilities. The key is to encourage young people to use math to manage the world around them.
Many students admit that they are reluctant to ask for academic assistance because they feel alone in their struggles. Children need someone who is very patient to help them better understand math – a parent, teacher, friend or a tutor.
But, only parents can encourage their children to speak up and acknowledge, “I still do not understand that concept. Can you please explain it to me again?”
Students who are unsure of their academic knowledge require assurance to ask for help. In order to ensure a student is secure in her abilities, parents must be nurturing and inspire confidence by helping the child develop self-confidence. By working together as a family and following the suggestions below, you can ensure math success.
• Model the process of making mistakes and calmly learning from them.
• Review previously learned math concepts before each new homework assignment.
• Start each new session with math concepts that are familiar, and gradually move into new and more difficult areas.
• Use hands-on objects from around the house to introduce new math concepts.