Why is my child struggling with 2 + 2?

Not everyone is going to work well with numbers. Some work better with words. Everyone is different in how they learn. So, struggling with maths is something that isn’t uncommon or something that should be judged about.
As I said, we all know that everyone learns differently, at different paces and with different levels of understanding. But, it’s important to make sure that your student gets back up to scratch. Falling behind is never good, but especially when we’re talking about maths. If your child is struggling or falling behind, it’s important to help them get back on track before they lose the basics and foundation of maths skills.
One thing that can get in the way of working on maths skills, is the level of confidence the student exhibits. When students don’t understand the concepts or its taught in a confusing way, the child can develop a sense of doubt in their abilities. Add to the situation that the teacher must attend to all students in the classroom, it leaves that child without the extra attention they need to comprehend the content. Being confused in a busy classroom can cause anxious feelings around Maths and its related concepts.
But with a tutor, that extra attention the child needs and deserves can be provided. A personalised learning plan that relates to the child’s weaknesses and strengths will build up those confidence levels.
We always stress the value of reviewing content. So, it’s no secret that we also think it’s important for students to review and practise their maths skills. Unfortunately, for our slower students teachers need to move on to the next topic of the curriculum perhaps before they’ve gathered the skills from the current or past topic.
A tutor can go through and over concepts as many times as necessary for their student. This means, that they can be sure that by the end of that, they will understand the topic. The tutor has both the ability and flexibility to take the time to do this, however long it takes for their student.
Again, we know not everyone is a fan of Maths. So, for the children that fall within this category, there’s a heightened lack of interest in the subject. Perhaps also the teacher isn’t engaging the students in a fun learning environment, which doesn’t help. If examples are explained with how relevant it is or how it can be applied to real life, the interest won’t grow.
What may help is if, with a tutor, the two discuss how these basic skills are integral to everyday function and maybe even in their future career.
With a lack of interest, comes a lack of concentration. If your child isn’t interested in maths, we can be confident in assuming they won’t concentrate in the classroom. Let’s face it, students should focus on all subjects, but particularly Maths. The noises and distractions of the classroom can make this even harder.
However, In a quiet dedicated learning space whilst learning with a tutor is a recipe for success. The tutor will not only be able to teach in a calm and quiet environment, but the tutor will be able to assess their student’s concentration levels and span and improve it.
With maths being a highly vital subject and the skills involved being integral to functioning outside of the classroom, it’s important to ensure students are confident in their abilities to work on their maths foundations.