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Maths exam

Nayan
7 to 11 years

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Updated on Sep 26, 2013

Unstable performance in maths, though I feel she understands the logic of the working usually when the exam is of 90-100 marks she is making to many careless mistakes. How can I stop that? She is not a very calm and quiet child by nature, is it from that hyperactive mind that this is happening?

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Nayan

| Sep 28, 2013

I understand and thanks for the great help.

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gaurima

| Sep 28, 2013

Dear Nayan, children of this age commonly make mistakes while performing the four basic functions of mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)and the best you can do for your child is perhaps to play a lot of games to reinforce the mental calculation of these basic functions. You can use a deck of cards and use them to play a variety of math games. Example : Deal 4 cards - ask the child to multiply the lowest two numbers, then add the other two numbers. You can play number games virtually anywhere like doing calculations with the numbers on the number plates of the vehicles, You can ask the child to cross check the bills of shopping. The idea is to apply maths so much so to make it FUN and develop mastery in basic calculations. Moreover, the other thing that can be kept in mind is to make sure that no irresponsible comments are passed like - Maths is difficult or Learning Maths is hard work or Your Maths is weak - such negative remarks create unnecessary mental blocks and hamper learning. In fact, choose comments like Maths is fun and the most easy and scoring subject :)

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Nayan

| Sep 27, 2013

It is of great help. Thank you Shikha.

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 27, 2013

Hi Again! The relaxation technique would help the child unwind. Some of these include: deep breathing exercises, yoga, VISUALIZATION whereby u can guide the child to imagine a scene in which the child feels at peace, let's go off all tensions and anxiety. For example: if a child is scared of Maths exams then imagining successful completion of Maths paper n coming out with flying colours. The child can be asked to sit at a place she likes the most and feels relaxed, free of any kind of noise and distractions. Closing the eyes and imagining what can make them happy. Other relaxation techniques include: EXCERCISING. Which involves talking up a sport such as swimming, cycling, skating, running etc. it releases all excess energy thereby relieving the child of pent up emotions. LISTENING to MUSIC: listening to light music such as classical music mite help the child feel relaxed. STRETCHING EXCERCISE: ask the child to stretch limbs which relaxes all tension. LAUGHTER: watching funny cartoons, sharing jokes, making funny faces makes the child unwind. Last but not the least love the child, hugging often, sometimes talking just no sense things can work as a stress buster. Hope this helps!

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Nayan

| Sep 27, 2013

Age = 11 yrs running almost towards completion.

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gaurima

| Sep 26, 2013

Hey Nayan ... can you please mention the age and class of your child so that some age specific suggestions could be given. I have some experience regarding how different children respond differently to mathematics.

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Nayan

| Sep 26, 2013

What kind of relaxations exercise? I would love to know. I agree with you on all accounts. Trying them already.

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 26, 2013

Hi Nayan! Carelessness comes with over confidence which could prove to be a deterrant in good performance. When mind becomes Over confident it relaxes n hence it's functioning is affected. It is advisable please give practice test papers at home for 100 marks n child should complete it within a stipulated time span. Also child should do revision twice at least before submitting the paper. Maths is one subject which requires lot of practice. Child should be thorough with formulas. Also u cud teach child relaxation excercise which will make the child calm n composed n mind relaxed in the morning. Hope this works!

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