Besides the below 27 signs below the #1 reason your student is struggling is typically always the same!

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“I hate math!” “I just don’t get it!”

Parents who hear these words from their K-12^{th} graders should be forewarned. Your child is struggling in math. And letting math struggles go on too long without intervening could lead to life-long difficulties in school, on college admissions exams, and beyond.

Here are 27 signs your K-12^{th} grade child is struggling in math to look out for. Then below these signs I give you tips and tricks on how to help!

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## 27 Signs Your Child is Struggling in Math

** Kids**

1. Difficulty learning to count

2. Poor memory for numbers

3. Trouble recognizing printed numbers

4. Writes numbers backwards (e.g. 3 looks like ‘E’ and 2 looks like ‘S’)

5. Difficulty tying together the idea of a number (5) and how it exists in the world (5 cats, 5 dollars, 5 soccer balls)

6. Trouble organizing things in a logical way

7. Trouble with basic concepts of time (telling time, estimating time that has passed)

8. Struggles thinking abstractly with concepts like older/younger, bigger/smaller, before/after

**Teens**

9. Trouble with mental math

10. Difficulty estimating costs

11. Difficulty remembering basic math concepts and basic math facts

12. Difficulty learning math concepts beyond the basic math facts

13. Confused by rules and scoring systems for sports or games

14. Poor ability to budget, calculate a tip at a restaurant, or balance a checkbook

15. Trouble with concepts of time (e.g. sticking to a schedule or approximating time)

16. Difficulty finding different approaches to solving a problem

**Any Age K-12th Grade**

17. Reports “hating” math class

18. Gets upset or easily frustrated when working with numbers

19. Cannot follow the steps required to solve simple math problems

20. Insists he/she “cannot do it” without even trying to do it

21. Says math teacher does not teach or help (this may or may NOT be true, but still a sign of struggling)

22. Reluctance to do math homework

23. Anxious about math quizzes or tests

24. Says his/her “mind goes blank” on quizzes or tests

25. Hides report cards or says he/she did not get one

26. Caught cheating on an assignment or test

27. Wants to miss class or school

**5 Tips on ‘How to help your K-12**^{th} Grader who is struggling in math’

^{th}Grader who is struggling in math’

There are many ways – free or paid – to help students struggling with math. Here are some ways to help get you started supporting your child!

**1. Free Math Websites**

43 Math Websites (alphabetical list of 43 free math websites)

Top 10 Free Math Websites (detailed overview of 10 great sites)

**2. Free Tutoring**

Talk with your child’s teacher, math department, counselors, and school administrators to learn about all the free after-school tutoring help available. Even if your child says “there is no one who can help me,” that may not be the case. Reach out and learn more.

Know any parent friends or peers of your child who is great at math? Maybe someone can help tutor for free or work with your child in a study group.

**3. Get More Information**

Reach out to your child’s math teacher and ask for specific ways he/she could work to improve. Some things could be classroom behavior related or ‘soft skills’ like organization, time management, or effective studying. The math teacher spends the most time working with your child in this realm and can offer great insights and support.

Or have you child take an assessment test to pinpoint specific areas of math he/she needs to strengthen. Knowing what skills are week is half the battle!

**4. Look into potential learning disabilities**

Have you ever heard of dyscalculia?

It is like dyslexia with numbers. It is a real diagnosis and I personally have worked with students who have it. They often struggle with mental math and simple math calculations even though they have mastered them in the past. Sometimes they report having a poor sense of direction, mixing up left and right, and fearing to work with money. If your child really struggles, this could be part of the reason. There is support and possible accommodations available.

**5. Change Your Attitude! (Yes, you parents!) 🙂**

If you hate math and are reluctant to do it, this will rub off on your kids whether or not you intend for it to. Take a moment to self-analyze your current ‘math attitude.’

Stop saying things like “some people are just bad at math,” “I never got it either,” and “just get through this class because you will never use it again.” Math is like being in shape; you have to work at it. Some people may need to workout longer or harder than others to get to the same level of fitness, but that does not mean some people can never get fit. Same with math! Encourage your kids to be willing to put in the work and see the improvement. Be willing to improve your own math a little to show them it is possible.

Speaking of which, brush up on your own math skills and vocabulary! Review easy-to-watch videos from our Top 10 Math Websites like the Khan Academy and Patrick JMT. You may just surprise yourself on what ‘comes back’ and finally clicks! You do not need to become an expert; a small increase in relevant vocabulary and math how-to can pay off greatly when working to help your child.

### Bonus!

Remember Student-Tutor for any 1-on-1 tutoring needs. Amazing progress can be made when a child feels safe and secure to ask questions and take math risks with a tutor he/she has rapport with.

**Know other warning signs or other good tips? Share with us in the comments below!**

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Have you checked out our article called the # 1 reason students are struggling in math? I think this will solve your problem! Let me know if we can be of any further help! http://student-tutor.com/blog/the-reason-your-student-is-struggling-in-math/

My daughter is in the secknd grade and she is in private school. They are already on 3 times tables and they are doing division. I was great in math A B student however I am having a hard time trying to teach my daughter. It’s like she knows it but then she gets confused in school with classwork and right now i feel like I am letting her down. Please help any advise

Jay the number one reason students struggle in math is many times the same. It is a good thing you are catching it earlier. In my opinion, third grade is the most important year for math because students learn multiplications tables. Not having those fundamentals down will make things very difficult moving forward. Might I suggest you check out this blog article and purchase our 100% guaranteed assessment test so we can figure out what the issue is! Hope this helps spark a brighter future! Blog article to read: http://studenttutor1.wpengine.com/the-reason-your-student-is-struggling-in-math/

hello I’m a college student, I’m struggling with maths I don’t even understand a thing . I’ve passed all my subject but I got 0% on maths this is really affecting my studies . it stresses me big time because so student are making fun of me that I cant even count numbers, for a minute I thought of dropping out. tried to get a tutor but still I cant even hear what he is saying….. I really need a serious help before its too late.

Eric, this is not uncommon, and you are not alone. The number # 1 reason students are struggling is the same for elementary school as well as college. You should also check out this blog article I wrote. I think it will help point you in the right direction! Let me know if I can be of any further help!

Blog article: http://studenttutor1.wpengine.com/the-reason-your-student-is-struggling-in-math/

My son is in 11th grade and repeating geometry. Even with repeating the same concept that he saw last year, he is still struggling with it. He goes to tutoring after school with his teacher, but he just doesn’t get it. I fear that he has shot down an is no longer interested in learning it. I don’t know how to help him. He has always struggled with math, but since HS it has gotten worse.

My daughter is in the 5th grade and she’s struggling with math. I don’t know what to do to help she went from a 54 to a 63

Help, my son is 11 and can’t do simple math like 2+5 and 20-12. He gets frustrated and shuts down and/or cries, he does the same with his reading and spelling. What can I do to help him?

Hi Allison,

It’s highly possible that somewhere down the road, he didn’t fully understand/missed a foundational concept that is now acting like a road block in his learning. With academic tutoring, he could sit down one-on-one (from the comfort of your home) with a tutor specializing in his subjects and work to pinpoint those problem areas and fill in those gaps.

Here is our page for Academic tutoring: http://student-tutor.com/academic-tutoring/

An interesting read… what helped my child was At Study Cloud which is for most part a free resource… Check it out http://www.atstudycloud.co.uk

Hi my daughter failed matric, and now repeating , is still falling maths even with tuition, what to do

My daughter is in grade 10 academic classes and gets high 80-90 in all her classes except math which she has a 43. She tries and we have a tutor. She is so stressed out she cries and says its like reading a different language she just doesnt understand it. Why ?. Is there a testing we should get done. If so how do we get it? Please help

Hello Cindy! We actually offer comprehensive assessment test that will pinpoint all academic difficulties. I sent you an email with our academic advisor. Please give him a call and he can help take that stress away!

Great post! My daughter has been struggling in her algebra course a lot lately, and this is some great advice. Keep up the good work!