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06/04/2019
Despite what your student may think, it’s important to continuously improve their math skills in readiness for their adult life.

You would be hard pressed to find a student who isn’t 100% sure that the lessons they are learning in math class will never be used in their everyday life. However, you would also be hard pressed to find a parent who, despite their best effort, isn’t able to change their child’s mind.

Teaching the Relevance of Math

If this sounds like a student in your home, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA has prepared a post with some great activities which can help you improve your child’s math skills while at home.

Supermarket Budget

A great way to teach your child a math lesson is by making it practical, relevant, and relatable. A great platform for this comes in the form of your supermarket shopping list. The next time that you sit to create your supermarket shopping list, invite our children to join you in the task and use it to teach some math lessons:
  • Teach them how to start with a total figure and deduct each item.
  • Share your considerations when calculating the benefit of bulk items.
  • Teach techniques for ensuring sale items are actually beneficial.
  • How you ensure that you use what you already have, and only purchase the difference needed.
If you can identify any other opportunities during the task, don’t hesitate to include them in a subtle way. Once you have everything ready, take your student shopping with you and have them work through the list alongside yourself. This is a great way for them to see their hard work and math in action. Show them that math is not only relevant to adult life but also beneficial. If you are interested in taking this activity to the next level and you are comfortable introducing your finances, consider introducing your children to your entire budget, slightly altering the figures if you like. This can help them to make further calculations, such as ending interest-free periods of credit, upcoming balloon payments, etc. If your student struggles with basic math or they are falling behind their classmates in advanced math classes, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. Learn more about the benefits of tutoring in Santa Clara, CA during your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA. Call today at (408) 816-7825 and speak with a professional tutor.

Energy Bills

If you have ever reviewed your energy bill and found yourself performing a range of calculations, then you have a great teaching platform to help your children improve their math skills. While you may take the skills you use to review your bill for granted, they can be a great lesson for your children. Ask them to review your bills and prepare a small report which includes:
  • At which times of the day do you use the most energy?
  • What is the price difference between different times of the day?
  • Present ways to optimize energy usage and lower the bill.
  • Calculate an estimate for the next bill cycle.
In addition to providing you with a range of information which can help you to reduce your energy consumption and bill, the calculations your child will use and their relevance will help your student keep their mind sharp.

Help in the Kitchen

Instead of your children spending their evenings and weekends planted on the couch watching movies and playing video games, invite them to join and help you in the kitchen as you prepare meals and teach them some subtle lessons:
  • Find a receipt in the metric measurement system and ask your children to convert each measurement by hand.
  • When using ingredients from a packet, ask them to calculate how much is left once you have finished.
  • Have them take care of the measuring.
This activity is not only a great way to get some help in the kitchen, but supervising the lessons yourself allows you to identify any learning challenges which you can address early.

One-to-One Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA Can Help

If you notice that your child struggles with completing the above activities or you believe they could use some assistance with their homework, one-to-one tutoring can help. Learn more during your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA by calling (408) 816-7825. During your first visit, you and your child can ask any questions you have about the benefits of tutoring in Santa Clara, CA and how tutoring can help your student improve their grades.

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