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Do Your Kids Need Help in Math?

My niece is struggling a bit in her sixth grade math. Word story problems are her greatest hurdle right now -- that and her overall dislike of math as a subject of study.

For reasons I am unable to credibly discern, the math teacher has not been helpful with providing extra study work that would help my niece. I've offered to lend a hand, but my niece's response to my offer has been lukewarm at best. Still, her mother has asked me to move forward and do what I can.

My thought has been to research for online assistance in math for my niece. There are many, many resources available for assistance with math via the Internet. Here are three that I will be suggesting to my niece:

  • www.ixl.com/math You'll find an incredible amount of specific areas of math that are broken down into the smaller concepts appropriate for the grade level you seek. As a student completes problems in any of these areas, increasingly more difficult problems are given.
  • math.about.com/cs/wordproblems/a/wp6.htm Here you'll find links for downloadable word story problems in math.
  • www.tutor.com/subjects/math Tutors from around the globe are onsite 24/7 to help with math homework or math questions. Each tutor's specialty and profile is available to read before choosing the best fit for your situation. One free trial is offered, then assistance from a tutor requires payment.

I hope one of these sites offers what you or your students needs to help them become more proficient in math.

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Bethany1202 wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:58 PM

Hopefully your niece will receive the help she needs and get a better understanding of the math. Thanks for sharing these excellent resources.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:04 PM

Yes, she has decided her mother needs to hire her a private tutor for math help, something their family budget doesn't allow. I'm hoping at least one of the two free online resources give her some help -- or that she might look for ones she likes herself.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:24 PM

Word problems are the bane of my daughter's existence! Thanks for the links, Deb. I've pinned so other parents & students can share too :)

MegL wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:54 PM

Those are useful resources. I have also seen a blog by someone called Rebecca Zook who writes very well on maths. Her blog posts are interesting but I have not tried her services.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 4:53 PM

You're most welcome. : ) I know a lot of kids find math word problems difficult, especially at first. I hope these, or other similar sites, provide some help.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 4:54 PM

This sounds like another potential resource for those having difficulty with math. Thanks for the information. : )

AliCanary wrote on October 15, 2014, 11:32 PM

As far as I can remember, my parents never helped me with my homework, although they did hire a tutor when I was struggling in Algebra. Maybe they weren't very good at math, either!

Feisty56 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:54 AM

I never once considered asking my parents for homework help. I don't know why, but if I ran into difficulties I always asked a classmate for input.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 6:38 PM

I haven't looked too much for math at her level on those sites, but I bookmarked so I could go back. She's doing grade 10 math, but it's a modified program where they mostly do work-related problems to do with markup, reduction, sales tax, etc. or figuring out how many board feet of baseboard they need to order for a room of certain dimensions.

A lot of times I just look for a video on YouTube if the girls are having trouble. It's the most direct way to get them through a rough patch with the homework. But I like to have other sites as a backup for me :)

BarbRad wrote on October 17, 2014, 2:22 AM

There sure are a lot more options online than there used to be for learning subjects. No wonder my sales of supplemental materials and workbooks parents used to buy for extra help have gone down.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:21 AM

Thank you for these sites. My grand daughter is also struggling with sixth grade math. Since they introduced Common Core this year, even I can't understand it to help her! It is very frustrating watching her struggle.

Feisty56 wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:28 AM

Oh, I hadn't thought of that, Barb. I'm sorry for the dent these types of sites have made in your sales.

Not that I believe books or workbooks to be obsolete at all, but I do thing many of these youngsters are so "plugged in" these days that the availability of assistance via electronic media appeals to them.

Feisty56 wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:30 AM

After I offered my assistance to my niece, I realized that the way I learned to do math is very different from the methods that are taught now. I am hoping one of these sites, or maybe one of the many others available, will aid in her understanding.

Good luck to your granddaughter. : )

LoudMan wrote on October 18, 2014, 6:39 AM

So "funny" to see some of the ads on this post. Wow. Knowwhutimeanvern?

somedsatisfied wrote on October 18, 2014, 8:47 PM

I will check these out because sometimes my kids need some extra help in math.

momathome wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:17 PM

Have you tried some of the sites that make a game out of it? My kids love those and if they are enjoying it they learn much better and retain the material easier.

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:25 PM

I say that all the time, "Know what I mean Vern?" Some people get the reference, but most look at me as if I've lost my marbles.

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:26 PM

After trying to sit down with my niece and give her a hand with her math, I was glad to have found these websites she can basically use herself.

Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:27 PM

No, I hadn't come across any like that. I'll have to re-scour the 'net. Thanks for the heads-up.

momathome wrote on October 24, 2014, 10:36 PM

Feisty56 No problem, I was just getting ready to sign off for the night but I'll make a note to write a post about some of the sites we use. There might be others who could use that information as well.

LoudMan wrote on October 24, 2014, 11:09 PM

Well, you have lost 'em, right? Me too.