I hear this all the time. When a student has difficulty with math, it may not just be the math. There are many learning skills that are taught within the realm of mathematics. Learning math is based on learning skills that include: memorization, logic, and reading comprehension. Logic is a basic necessity to help students solve problems in their future. It helps us to come to basic understandings and conclusions. Reading comprehension is essential to solving word problems. It is important that students be able to read words and understand their intention. Memorization, logic, and comprehension skills, while taught with mathematical concepts are not exclusive to math; however, the curriculum uses math tools to teach and build these skills.
Teaching what to memorize and how to memorize helps students develop that skill for their future. Memorization is needed to develop other skills used in everyday life. Sure, most things can be researched on the Internet. However, you would not want your heart surgeon to have to reference the Internet while performing open-heart surgery on you. Imagine the hourly cost of the mechanic that needs to reference the Internet to replace the oil in your car. The only way to build a strong memory is to practice memorizing. Students practice memorizing numbers, their functions, and formulas to build better memorization tools. Many strategies can be used to help develop memory.
Mathematics teaches children how to think logically. One example is if two even or two odd numbers are added, the result is an even one. Logic is also used in reasoning and deduction. When a route is detoured, drivers use logic to navigate around that road to maintain the desired direction. Good basketball and football players use logic on the fly.
Reading comprehension is essential to everyone. Mortgage agreements and other legal documents should be read and understood before one commits to them. The use of reading comprehension in mathematical word problems helps the student learn how to apply the math concepts so, as adults, we can apply them to our everyday lives.
When a child struggles with mathematics, it may not be the calculations that are difficult, but the memorization, logic and comprehension skills that accompany the math concepts that are causing the problem.
It is important to get help from a provider who will teach the child how to develop all of the skills that are included in learning math.