I have always wondered during my childhood why Math is grouped differently from the other subjects. What makes it so different from the other subjects? Of course, every subject is unique, but all of them at least belong to a genre, but Math, it is in itself, a genre.
It is a proven fact that most kids hate this subject. And if not hate, don’t count it as their favourite. The reason can be anything, fear, failure obscurity. Irrespective of continuous efforts, sometimes even the brightest of the lost fail in Math. Mathematical is a thing and it exists in people, but to eradicate you must penetrate to the roots of the issue.
So, before you go looking out for ways to solve your kid’s problem, here’s a list of probable reasons by Etutorworld on why they hate Math!
Negative Attitude towards the subject
Most of us have heard quotes about how ‘Attitude is everything’. Well, it’s true. It actually is everything. The attitude with which they begin learning the subject and what they think about it decide their faith in it. Generally, with math, kids begin with a very idea or notion that it is really bad, or difficult, which is a big reason why they straddle with the subject. If this is not taken care of, they soon develop a phobia which complicates things further.
How is it being taught?
Math is one of those subjects that ranks the highest in the tutoring radar. Fair enough, considering its analytical and tricky nature it gets very difficult for students to understand all by themselves. But teaching is one thing, and how it is being taught is another.
The method and the selected style of tutoring should comprehend well with the student or else it will be of no use. Every child is unique, so teachers cannot afford to have a one-size-fits-all approach. It should vary from child to child to draw out the student from the math-misery.
For example, when I was a kid, I used to hate Geometry. That’s when my mom got me this amazing Geometry tutor who worked on my overall personality. Needless to say, Geometry has been my favourite subject since then.
Unaddressed connection between the subject and the student
The connection between the subject and the student is most often so underplayed that this has emerged to be one of the top reasons why students fail in Math. If the connection is remained unaddressed, children are scared of the subject, making things worse. Moreover, they start avoiding the practice sessions and tutoring classes. In order to achieve success in the subject, it is advised that either you or the tutor must sit down to address and clarify the connection of the subject with the student.
Comparison and peer-pressure
While healthy competition can sometimes push them to score better results, but with constant comparisons and peer pressure, it can really be detrimental. It compels the student into the zone of self-doubt followed by depression and anxiety and severe medical conditions. The reason why 7 out of 10 girls said that they are not good enough in some way or the other.
It takes a major toss in student’s daily life and they fail to cope up with what is being taught in school, and in turn, perform poorly. A student’s hopes and confidence are shattered in the process.
Low attention span
The attention span is different for every individual. In today’s age of digitization, when technology has surrounded us in so many forms, the kids have more reasons to not be attentive. But yes, while numbers don’t decide your future, the attention span can. The longer the better.
Kids with low levels of attention cannot even sit through one class. Physical presence does not count, if you are mentally absent. However, it can be increased with practice. Teachers and parents can figure out different teaching techniques and strategies, the ones that belong to the kid’s interest area to keep him/her interested.
Like I said earlier, to pull your kid out of his misery, you need to first understand the reason behind it. Every child is unique, and whilst I have listed some of the most common reasons, the story of your child might be completely different. Communication is the first step. Sit down and talk to your child, listen to him/her and then follow the path ahead.