How to Help Students Who Resist Help in Math
Generally speaking, students who are behind in math are more likely to give
up easily despite your best efforts to help. These students often lack
confidence - they need a tool that allows them to feel successful.
The very nature of how MathScore works is conducive to boosting confidence
levels in mathematics. MathScore constantly adapts the difficulty of each
online worksheet based on previous performance, making it realistic for a child
to score 100% on a worksheet most of the time. In fact, there is research that
shows that a 92% success rate is optimal for learning, and most MathScore
students end up getting around that percentage correct.
When a student scores 100%,
the next worksheet becomes more difficult, and the degree to which it becomes
more difficult is dependent on how much time was spent doing the worksheet.
If the student barely beats the clock, the next worksheet
becomes slightly harder to stretch the student by a small degree. If there
was lots of time left, the worksheet was too easy, so the difficult becomes
significantly more difficult.
As students progress through the MathScore levels, their rating increases,
which can be quite motivating. Their cumulative score increases as well as
their rank, which ranges from Rookie to Fleet Commander. These elements are
not only fun, they make it easy for you to set goals with your children.
The combination of scoring close to 100% on most worksheets coupled with the
visual increase in score and rank leads to higher confidence in math due to
the various forms of positive feedback. We also track exactly how much time
was spent working, and you can simply reward your children for working hard.
As a parent, your role is critical. You must be firm in requiring that your
children give MathScore an honest shot, and you must share your excitement as
your children make progress. If they see that you are excited by their
progress, then they will have a positive experience. Fortunately, our analysis
tools make it very easy for you to see the progress, and they are even
color-coded to make big accomplishments plainly visible.
The following HTML-based demos walk you through the features of MathScore
at your own pace. Look for the "Next" link on the top right of the demos to
easily move from slide-to-slide.
Student Features |
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Easy Signup Steps
Upon starting your free trial, have your child work on Copy Cat Preparation
using the 10-key keypad on the right side of your keyboard. The left hand
should press the TAB key to get to the next problem, and the right hand
should type the numbers without looking at the keypad. You can press the
ENTER key (located on the keypad as well) to submit the worksheet. The point
of the topic is to develop proper keyboarding skills and give the child a
positive first experience with MathScore.
Once your child gets a rating of 100 on Copy Cat Preparation, there will be
a surprise in store for your child. This is a great step in the right
direction. Afterward, have your child try to get a rating of 100 on
Copy Cat, which is another typing topic, then move onto real math topics.
If you use a
laptop, you can use the number lock, which creates a 10-key keypad out of your
7,8,9,u,i,o,j,k,l, and m keys. Alternatively, you should buy a USB keypad that
fits into your laptop for a better experience.
Instant Free Trial
MathScore is 100% Internet-based and requires absolutely no installation, not
even a plug-in. You will create 1 parent account for yourself and then
create student accounts for your children.
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