By Jason Caldwell B.Ed,Dip.Tch.

Introduction

Why do some students seem to find Maths difficult?

I believe this question can be answered for 95% of students who are underachieving in mathematics very simply. Students who struggle in mathematics usually :

  1. Lack a strong relational understanding of place value (1s,10s,100s…)
  2. Lack a relational understanding of the four basic operations (+, -, x, /)
  3. Or have missing links or keys that underpin the new concepts that they are trying to work through.

These three problems create maths anxiety, as students find themselves working through problems by following prescribed steps or formulas but not having a clue how they work and what it is all for.