## Conquering the Fear of Maths

School
kids may be divided into two broad categories: those who love maths and those
who hate the maths subject.

Students
who love maths need little or no guidance. Clear explanation and a few maths practice
sums are enough to help them get better at the subject. However, things are not
so easy with the other students. Student who dislike maths do so because they
don’t understand it. This makes them fear the subject and that fear ultimately
leads to dislike. As the parent it is important that you help your kid get over
that fear so that child changes perspective and starts taking interest in maths.

Listed
below are a few simple tips that you could adopt at home:

**Remove the Negativity**

Often
times the parent’s perception of the subject reflects on the child. If you
don’t like the subject and have showcased it quite a few times, your child will
automatically dislike it as well. This is why it is highly advisable that you
create a positive environment at home, which welcomes maths and problem
solving. Talk about the advantages of learning maths and how maths will be
useful in the future. Be enthusiastic about the subject so that it encourages
your child to make an effort and voluntarily engage in maths practice.

**Use Real Life Examples**

Kids
learn better with real life examples because they instantly connect with them.
You should take advantage of this and present such instances. For example, you
may ask your little child to cross the groceries and then verify the grand
total. If your child is a little older you may also ask him to calculate how to
split the restaurant bill among 4 people. You could also take chocolates and
purchase into consideration and ask questions such as, “If one chocolate costs Rs.10,
how much will 20 chocolates cost?”

Such
connecting questions will spur interest and inspire them to practice maths
regularly.

**Play Games That Relate To
Maths**

Kids
usually don’t like being directly taught. This holds true especially when you
are trying to teach a subject they don’t like. This is where games come in.
Today, the market has many interactive and educational games that will not just
provide entertainment but will also help your child learn. Kids learn best when
they are interested and games cater to that.

**Use Technology**

We
live in a world of advanced technology and thanks to the advent of Internet
maths practice has become fun and feasible. You have plenty of choices to
practice maths online and to improve your child’s maths skills. Kids love
moving out of books and pencils, and using the mouse or track pad. A change in
the environment and medium of instruction will definitely have a positive
impact.

**Author: Shatru Naik**

*Shatru is start-up specialist with experience in education and IT domains, currently he Founded maths9.com. Shatru is interested in education research. He can be reached at shatru (at) maths9.com. You also connect him on LinkedIn.*