Say the word  ‘Math’ and most kids will run a mile. Say ‘Worksheets’ and they will recoil in fright. Such is the terror induced by both Math and Worksheets. Math, for most kids, seems worse than any cough medicine – too difficult to swallow! And Worksheets are longer than Mom’s grocery list!

So what to do now? shall we get rid of Math and worksheets then? Impossible! Math is an integral part of our daily routine. Right from waking up on time to cooking food, everything involves Math and numbers! Similarly, Worksheets are a must to make children practise Math and study the fundamentals.

How to use Math Worksheets and make Math and Worksheets interesting? Let us take a look.

  1. Make Math Worksheets Colourful using Graphics:

Kids get attracted by bright colours, cartoon figures and graphic icons.  Make boring worksheets interesting to look by using pictures, images and bright hues.

If a Worksheet looks rich and multi-coloured, any kid would want to pick it up. Use pictures of their favourite comic characters or superheroes to capture their interest.

  1. Use puzzles and games to solve Math problems

Kids love puzzles and games. Use crosswords, puzzles, mazes and games to get children to solve tough problems.

When kids see a game, they automatically want to try it. Surprisingly, they get engrossed and forget the difficulty in solving the problem. As they play on, they realize they have ended up solving the problem.

This technique of using games for Math is highly recommended by experts. This is because it carries a lot of retention and recall for the kid. When the kid solves the problem through the game, he is never bound to forget it.

  1.  Use quizzes in your Math Worksheets

Math Worksheets may sometimes have objective or multiple-choice questions. Children often blindly tick an answer in the choices if they don’t know. To get the best result, one has to make sure all questions are read, understood and attempted by the child. What better way than to have a Quiz?

Conduct a Math Quiz session in class using the Math Worksheet and make it fun! Divide the class into 2-3 teams. Keep the quiz and make sure each one answers a question. This way everyone is involved and each one attempts the Math Worksheet.

  1. Try to make Worksheet solving a Team activity

Kids love to perform in groups with their friends. Organize the class into teams and hand them worksheets. Ask them to solve it team-wise. Finally question each student individually. Using this method, you can nurture both Math and the team spirit. Solving Math Worksheets as a team becomes a fun activity now and children look forward to such group sessions eagerly.

  1. Organize a lec-dem using Math Worksheets

Teaching is the best way to learn! Once in a while, ask every child to be a teacher. Give each child a problem form the worksheet and ask him to teach the class. This is a  sort of lec-dem (a lecture-demonstration) as the child has to both lecture and solve the problem in class. Allot equal time for each child and make sure no one misses out. Children love to play ‘teacher’. So encourage the timid ones and get them to participate in this activity. This is a good one for personality development too!

  1.  Innovation is the Key

Use innovative techniques to make Math Worksheets interesting. You could have a ‘Formula 1’ Math race where kids have to answer the worksheet fast. Each one gets to answer only one question. Once he is done, he has to opt out of the race. In this way, every kid covers the question in the worksheet and the activity is interesting too. You could have a ‘Passing the Parcel’ game. Create a worksheet with 31 questions for 30         students. Each one answers one question and passes on to the next. The next kid checks this question and answers another. This way, everyone answers and checks all questions.

  1.  Encourage self-development

Ask kids to form teams.Let one team make a set of questions for the other. No 2 sets should match. Finally, discuss all questions. This kind of activity motivates children and develops a healthy spirit of competition and self-development. The best part is your worksheets are done

As the saying goes-‘It’s all in the mind’. Yes, Math Worksheets can be made fun, interesting and interactive.

Download practice papers from LetsPractise and learn how to use Math Worksheets effectively by employing the above techniques.

Math is one subject that causes frustration for some students, yet others breeze through it. Being bad at math doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is poor at studies, but just that math is tough. This leaves many parents flummoxed and scratching their heads.

Why do children suffer from math anxiety? To answer this question, we should first discuss how math is different from other subjects.

How is Math Different?

We should start off by saying that math is not as difficult as some make it out to be. It just has to be learnt in a manner unique from the other subjects.

To solve a math problem, students need to have a good understanding of the logic involved behind the problem. This takes patience, persistence, and openness.   

For subjects like science and social studies, students can get away with memorising  facts, names, and dates to pass. They don’t even need to pick up a pen while learning. Not so with mathematics. Mathematics has a different cognitive process and learning by rote is next to impossible. One simply cannot memorise the answers to every sum.

While other subjects are just questions and answers (A and B), math requires you to explain how you derived the answer. Therefore, the student must also show the process of going from A to B and why they arrived at B.

Math is also foundation based, meaning that the higher standards build upon what was taught in the lower levels. The formulas and operations learnt at the beginning will be expanded upon in future standards. This makes math cumulative. While this isn’t that much of an issue with other subjects, it is crucial to math. If your child did not pay attention or do well in the lower levels, things will only get tougher and they will have a difficult time.

Why Students Dislike Math

Now, to get to the crux of the problem of why students hate math. There are many reasons for this, and for your child, it could be one of the below or a combination.

Some students consider math to be a boring subject because there are no tangibles and no context. You aren’t learning about animals, countries, or revolutions. You aren’t even studying actual people or places, so why bother?

Another factor is technology. Calculators and mobile phones have made calculations so easy that people are either too lazy or apathetic about doing math on paper. They are probably wondering when they will use these problems in real life and therefore develop an indifferent attitude. Children aren’t able to comprehend why math is important and it is not until they’re older that they finally realize the relevance.

The third problem is the amount of effort required to excel at math. You can’t master a concept by doing just one sum. It takes more time to master math than other subjects, and in this fast-paced world, students don’t want to spend that much time to learning. A child has to write down page after page after page to understand the material, and this is off-putting for many. This is because math has a different learning style than other subjects.

Math’s Learning Style

Math needs to be worked out. There is simply no way for a person to learn and improve in math than to write the problems out and solve them. Math demands application of your knowledge to come up with a solution.  The only portion of math worth memorizing is the formulas, which are useless unless you know when and where to apply them.

Some students tend to focus on getting the right solution that they neglect the process and calculations. It should be the inverse, as a correctly worked out problem should lead to the right answer. Even if they get it wrong, they still know how to approach the problem.

For subjects like math, visual videos will help. By watching other people solving problems of a similar stature, your child can learn how the process. Mathematics is a methodical process and requires more interactivity from the student. Visual stimuli will really help them learn.  

Advantages of Math

Your child may assume that they don’t need math since they will not pursue a degree for math in the future. However, math is intertwined with many other subjects. Economics, physics, accounting, engineering, statistics, computer science, and medical science all require mathematical knowledge. Learning the basics will give your child a platform in their search for a degree, no matter what it is.

Math is great for helping people solve problems in real life. It helps you be more methodical and plan better. To solve a math problem, as in real life, you have to analyse the situation, figure out the possible ways to approach it, work out the problem, and arrive at the solution.

Nearly everything in this world revolves around mathematics and numbers. Banks, hospitals, shopping malls, and automobile stores are just a handful of the places where people use math. Your child should be able to perform at least basic math as the one of the two most important parts of this civilised society – currency, requires mathematical knowledge to use.

The second important part, time is also measured in a mathematical basis. You have to make calculations in both regular time (12 hour clock) and military time (24 hour clock). It is even more important when figuring out the time in another country as the time zone changes. Buses, trains, planes, events, and offices all operate on a timed basis.

Overcoming Math Anxiety

So, you should now know why children find math difficult, but what’s the solution?

Math anxiety is more of a mental block than anything – the child believes that math is tough or irrelevant and therefore avoids it or does poorly in it.

You should abolish these thoughts from your child’s mind by spending time to tackle math problems. Fear of math can be reduced by parents taking a more active interest in their child’s education. Especially for something like math, parents should sit down with the child and help them write down problems and the solutions.

Start with simple sums to slowly build your child’s confidence and move on to bigger numbers and tougher problems. Try making sums relevant to your child. For example, if a sum says ‘Janani bought 12 apples’, replace ‘Janani’ with the name of your own child. Adding relevancy makes math more enjoyable because they now have real people to relate to.

You should change the way your child studies other subjects as well, placing more emphasis on learning rather than memorizing. If all they do is recall and recollect, they are no different than a robot. Make sure they are grasping the core concepts of the material, be it science, history, geography, or literature. This way, math won’t feel as strange to them. The essence of the subject matter is what will stay with them for life, not the dates and names.  

We have prepared revision sheets and question papers for students from 3rd to 9th standard. Our database has papers for CBSE, ICSE, and SSC. You can learn more about our involvement with math for SSC Board students here.

These question papers will be especially beneficial in math which requires children to write out solutions. Let’s Practise can help your child understand mathematical concepts and score well in it. Contact us now.