Going mad about Maths

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Going mad about Maths

Postby dramamama70 » Mon May 23, 2011 4:02 pm

My dd2 is in p3 and has always struggled with maths. She failed maths at p1 (I know, unheard of right?) and then struggled during the Dec hols where I had to teach her everyday.

I transfered her to another school at p2 (because we moved house) and she actually made a marked improvement and scored in the high 70s for her final exams. I thought the bad days are behind us for sure. But, not one to rest on our laurels, she continued her Kumon and had regular tuition and DH and I supervised her homework daily.

Then came p3 mid year - she only managed to get 32 marks. Yes, it is 32/100. She was in tears. I was in shock. DH was loss for words. We looked at the exam paper and realised she should've been able to answer many of the questions. We asked her nicely (because she is very xiao-jie and will cry if any of us raised our voice) why she got those questions wrong and she said she just couldn't think during the exam. Sigh. Like that how?

I don't know if it was just nerves but I am so worried for her. Does anyone else on this board has had any similar experience? I am at a loss. It also broke my heart when my ds said "How much harder do I have to study, mummy?" :gloomy:

I'm seeing her teacher on Thurs and hopefully that'll give me a clue as to how to get over this setback.

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby Charnic » Mon May 23, 2011 4:36 pm

Hi, I am in similar situation like you, except her score is slightly better. She has always been careless and no stamina to work thru the papers. However, for P1 & P2, weakness not yet shown, guess the papers are not too difficult.
Similarly in P3 this year, I have a total wake-up call when I see her results last week. Still passed but low 70+. Spoken to the teacher and she is equally shocked too. Then she went on to advise me to start building her concentration first, before giving her challenging questions to attempt. Problem with my girl is, she is not "versatile" when doing maths. Once the question " twitched", she turns a blank. Another is carelessness, followed by of course, the concentration level.

When I intend to do this June holidays is to work on her concentration and confidence by giving her easy questions, but many. Once she is able to score perfectly, will move on to challenging questions to stimulate her brain. Hope this strategy helps. Other parents, pls assist to share your ideas if you have been in similar situation before. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby Champion » Mon May 23, 2011 4:44 pm

Hi dramamma70,
I understand where you are coming from and your feeling now; please take heart :hugs: .

My DD1 is also P3 this year and I know that this is really a big jump from P2. I was sharing in another thread that 2 weeks before the SA1, when she came back with tons of worksheets and school past years papers, I got a :shock: that there were many problem sums that I can't solve :sweat: :sweat: ...In the midst of my kancheongness, I SMS/Email friend for help and of course log into this forum asking other parents/educators for :?:

Maybe after seeing the teacher then you plan for your next move - whether is it purely careless mistakes or is that she could not understand the concept? Then from there maybe you might want to outsource to get a private tutor or to join a enrichment centre?

Above just my own opinion and to encourage you :snuggles: ...It is not easy being a parent nowadays but you must 加油哦! :imcool:

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby dramamama70 » Mon May 23, 2011 8:58 pm

Wah CNS, your dd score 70+? I would be celebrating :boogie: My dd also gets blur blur when we try to change the questions a little bit. Her immediate thought is to whether plus, minus, times or divide without fully understanding the question. She is ironically very good in her languages so I'm not sure why she's reacting this way.

Champion - thanks for the encouragement. She is attends tuition at a nearby tuition center but yes, I am looking forward to meeting the teacher and see what she says. And yes, just like you, some of the problem sums stumped me as well! All I can say is, I'm so glad I'm not in school anymore but feel very sorry for the kids :(

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby miaoster » Mon May 23, 2011 9:17 pm

Hi Mothers,
Let me join in the threads about the topic.
My girl is facing the same problem as dramamama70's kid. When i change here and there, she cant do already.
Actually nowsaday maths questions are rather very difficult. We adults do have to think before we can do, you think the kids reali can do without the help from us.
Actually, do any parents ever heard before, your kids languauges are good, maths defintely will be weak?
Now my girl is in P4, questions are getting for "twisting" and she gets more blur blur.
But when you separate out the questions step by step, haha to you surprise, she can do. but sad is, when u join all together , faint

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby apple2010 » Mon May 23, 2011 9:55 pm

I have the same problem ! I have just made some calls to get a tuition ctr and intend to send her for June holiday classes, she starts begging and say holiday should be FUN and not study and homework ! I'm trouble now, should I proceed or let them enjoy "childhood" !

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby jedamum » Mon May 23, 2011 10:11 pm

miaoster wrote:Actually, do any parents ever heard before, your kids languauges are good, maths defintely will be weak?

not sure about this, but i did come across this lawyer (she did some paperwork for us) who could not figure out what is 75% of $100. After scribbling on a pc of paper without deriving any answer (we just kept quiet and looked at her amusingly), she sighed and left the room to get a calculator. :sweat:

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby Guest » Mon May 23, 2011 10:43 pm

jedamum wrote:
miaoster wrote:Actually, do any parents ever heard before, your kids languauges are good, maths defintely will be weak?

not sure about this, but i did come across this lawyer (she did some paperwork for us) who could not figure out what is 75% of $100. After scribbling on a pc of paper without deriving any answer (we just kept quiet and looked at her amusingly), she sighed and left the room to get a calculator. :sweat:


This is too funny... :rotflmao: I think she just want to be absolutely sure, no less no more or she will be sued.... :wink:
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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby Brenda10 » Tue May 24, 2011 9:09 am

I personally feel that the consistent work for maths is required. To maintain a sharpness/awareness/accuracy, the child has to continuous explore to some min. maths question on addition to school work in daily basis if possible. This will help them to ensure their momentum and stamina are always there even at the exam.

Just my 2 cents thought

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Re: Going mad about Maths

Postby Funx3 » Tue May 24, 2011 9:41 am

jedamum wrote:
miaoster wrote:Actually, do any parents ever heard before, your kids languauges are good, maths defintely will be weak?

not sure about this, but i did come across this lawyer (she did some paperwork for us) who could not figure out what is 75% of $100. After scribbling on a pc of paper without deriving any answer (we just kept quiet and looked at her amusingly), she sighed and left the room to get a calculator. :sweat:


This Lawyer, Errrrrrrr .... Local Grad?
I've Come Across this Foreign Architect Grad .... Don't know How to Calculate Volume .... :roll: :roll:
But Super Good at Talking ....

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