8 Ways to make students fall in love with Maths

1. Breaking down psychological barriers
If your students suffer from maths anxiety or have a negative attitude towards the subject, identify the source of anxiety and seek insight from their parents or the school psychologist. Having this insight will assist you in knowing how to best approach them.

2. Ensure they learn the work, not just memorize it
Understanding of the work – methodology, application, et cetera, is extremely important.  There's little benefit in students recalling a formula by memory in the short term, only to forget a few weeks later. It's imperative for teachers to focus on making sure that the students understand the material and explain why it is important to do so.

3. Create open dialogue between yourself and the student
Let your students know they can ask questions and to not be intimidated by a class full of kids or event let their own fear and insecurities take over.

4. Use “real world�? examples to explain problems
Show your students how everything from division to geometry can be applied to the real world/another school subject. This will improve the students' understanding. Another option is showing how a certain concept was developed through the history of maths – if they appreciate the “when and who�?, chances are they will appreciate the “why, what and how�?

5. Mastering one topic before moving on to the next
If they don't understand a certain skill/method, focus on mastering that before moving on to the next topic. It sounds simple, but it is absolutely essential.

6. Create a Mathematical Dictionary
Mathematics has specific terminology with a lot of vocab. Notes, flashcards or even specific apps can help with the array of concepts, terms and definitions.

7. Finish the class with a summary
It can be easy to lose track of what has been learnt by the end of each class. Use the final few minutes for a quick recap or a spot test on skills and concepts learnt in that class. Also ask your students if they have any questions.  If you set out objectives for the class at the start see how successful you have been in achieving these.

8. The commitment needs to come from both sides
It is good and well for you to try all the above, but you and the child (as well as their parents) need to commit. If you show your dedication, chances are they will too. There are no shortcuts when it comes to mastering maths!  Taking one step at a time and with practice, confidence and great teachers, success can be achieved.

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