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Motivate Your Child to Finish What They Started in Math

Spring vacation is now a distant memory. Back to class we all go. It can be tough to get the motivation you had at the beginning of the year. Parents, this is your chance to help your child get through the last burst of the school year and finish the school year stronger than ever. Here are some tips to help your students.

disorganized locker, help keep child organized

  • Help them stay organized. Now is a great time to go through the math folder and clean out the unneeded papers. Careful, don’t throw out everything. There is a final coming. Keep any quizzes or tests or materials used during this semester. You’ll need them to study with before the final exam.

homework turned in, homework check, check homework

  • Keep a check on homework. As the temperature rises and it is more fun to be outside than inside working on homework, it’s tempting for your budding math geniuses to cut back on the work they do. Don’t let them do it. If you can look online and see what homework is in or missing, check that out first. Let your son or daughter know that you want them to continue with the homework and that you are checking.

compliment, way to go, well done

  • Now is the time of year to really look for the positives. Have they done well on quizzes? Did they study without being told? Is all their homework done? Give them a little motivation to continue, whether it is a small gift card from a store they like, or letting them off the hook one week on washing the car or other chores, and especially the good old verbal “Way to go” can really get your kids moving on the math front., math tutoring,

  • If your child’s math grade is subpar, parents you need to take action. There is not much time left to bring up the grades. Check with the teacher to see if any quizzes or tests can be redone. It might also be time to hire a tutor to bring your student’s skills up before the final or big test. It is amazing how much one test score can bring up the overall grade.

homework outside, studying outdoors

  • If the weather is nice, let your child do the homework outside. Getting fresh air can motivate students to think differently about the math. Be careful, outside is fun and sometimes there is too much distraction to do any work. You know your child best on this front.

parents high five, pat on the back, math parents

  • Finally, parents, give yourselves a pat on the back. You are the main motivator in your child’s life. The school year is almost wrapped up and you’ve worked tirelessly to make sure your child succeeds in his schoolwork. Congratulations!

This time of the school year can be challenging. Motivation can sometime wane with the onset of warmer weather and the call of summer vacation. With just a few more weeks of school, now is the time to push your student to do her best so that the grades reflect what your child is really able to do.

Now just go do it! I know you can!

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