Common Difficulties Faced by Student in Learning Mathematics
With our many years of coaching students in mathematics, below summarise the 4 common pitfall and difficulties faced by many students
1. Lack of confident
Students usually suffer a lack of confidence when faced with a question due to various reasons. One major reason is that of his/her weak foundation of the subjects that resulted in confusion and misconception.
Thinking they know-it-all, as a results lack in practice
3. Content Heavy
Mastering mathematics, especially A-maths can be daunting to students with many formulas to understand and to apply.. The question in their mind is always "Which one?"
4. Blank out
There are also many cases of hardworking students but still under-performed in their tests and examinations. They understand the idea but still unable to confidently or successfully get the question right.
Our Approaches - How can we help you?
1. Lack of Confident - We Aim to Boost Our Students Confidence!
This is especially common for students promoting from Primary school to Secondary school, from Lower Secondary to Upper Secondary. What they are heavily drilled in Primary school is to use the model to solve most problem sums. However, in Secondary school, there is a higher demand for students to solve questions with algebra. Students who are used to using the model method will resist and try hard to attempt solving the questions with their usual practice and it results in using too much time and inability to solve many advance questions.
What we do is to show students the link in these methods, emphasize the fundamentals of the new topic and show them the bridge to adopting the new method with what they used to practice. Once the student sees that the new method is not much different in terms of application and is much easier to be used to solve many advance questions, they will be keen to make the change and adapt better in the new environment.
2. Complacency - We Aim For True Mastery In The Subject!
Most of the times, students will think that they have already ‘master’ the topic right after completing the textbook questions (worksheet) homework given by their school teachers. This results in the resistance to practice more and parents find it difficult to ask their child to ‘study’ at home.
What we do is to gradually increase the difficulty level of the questions we post to our students. When they get confident with basic level and intermediate level difficulty questions, we will challenge them with advance and challenging questions to intrigue them into wanting to find out how to more efficiently tackle the questions. More often than not, students will be glad they are able to understand the deeper knowledge regarding the chapter and will ask for more challenge to prove themselves.
This will then provide the practice they need and the appropriate level of understanding for them to tackle school tests and exams with relative ease.
3. Content Heavy - Education Made Right Learning Centre Makes Things Right!
Students find it difficult to motivate themselves in learning chapters that have quite a few formulas/rules that require understanding and memorization. This is especially challenging when the school teachers quickly cover the whole chapter within a lesson or expect the student to self-learn the chapter for e-learning. When it comes to solving a whole question with several parts testing on several of these formulas, it will result in the student’s inability to solve them even when the student is only partially unsure of it.
What we do is to go through one formula/rule at a time and show students enough worked examples and the important points to take note of for each of these formulas. For each of these formulas/rules, we also provide very specific questions just to make sure that students totally understand how each of them works. We then subsequently bring in questions that require the understanding of 2 formulas, 3 formulas and so on. This allows students to be much confident with the individual formula and with solving questions with 2 or more of them integrated.
4. Blank out - Identify, Bite Size, Step-by-Step Approach
Some students find themselves able to understand the general concept of a chapter and are able to attempt the basic questions but find themselves totally stuck when attempting test questions. They will not be sure how to start and find it difficult to break down the question and suffer from information overload.
What we do is to help them break down the information given in the question into bite size and show them how the question can be done in a step by step manner. Firstly, it will be essential to identify which chapter does the question comes from as it will zoom in closer to which few concepts and formulas being tested. Next is to identify what the question is asking for and what details are being given. With the formulas on hand and the details highlighted, it will be much easier to pave the solving approach to that question. Next is then to apply the formulas and solve for the answer.
Adopting a differentiated learning approach, our in-house curriculum is designed with a strong focus on concept understanding, fundamental techniques and applications so as to give your child a competitive edge.
Over time, your child will master essential techniques and skills to tackle both routine and non-routine questions, including applying mathematics to real-world scenarios.