Signs your Child is Struggling in Maths


If your child is having a hard time keeping up in math, it’s high time to take the action. When children get stuck on a math problem, it is not necessary for your child to speak it out. They might just fall behind and then come up frustrated with the class-work and homework. Luckily, there are numerous tell-tale signs to indicate that your child is lacking behind. It is important for you, as a parent, to know about these signs.

Signs your Child is Struggling in Maths

Here are the different to know that your child is lacking in Maths. However, these signs might differ depending on the age of your child. This blog provides a list of signs of different age groups of children.

Signs in Kids (K-Primary Level)

Anxious child

Here are some signs that indicate your elementary kid to be struggling with numbers.

  1. He/she find it difficult to memorize numbers.
  2. Learning to count is difficult for him.
  3. It is a problem for him to recognize printed numbers.
  4. He/she finds it difficult to bring together the idea of number (5) and how it exists in the surrounding world (e.g. 5 dollars, 5 cats, 5 soccer balls)
  5. He/she writes number backwards, for example 2 appears ‘S’ and 3 appears ‘E’
  6. Your child might find it difficult to organize things in a logical way.
  7. He/she would find a problem with the basic concept of time, like estimating time that has passed or telling the correct time.
  8. It is a big struggle for him/her to think abstractly with concepts like bigger/smaller, older/younger, or before/after.

Signs in Teens

It is not always necessary for small kids to find Maths a difficult subject. Many teenagers or elementary level students also find Maths problematic and start to lack in the subject. The most common signs to look for are:

  1. Your child finds it difficult to deal with mental Maths.
  2. He/she finds it difficult to estimate costs.
  3. Remembering basic Maths concepts and facts is a big problem.
  4. Rules and scoring systems for games or sports are quite confusing for your child.
  5. He/she finds the concepts of time difficult, like approximating time or sticking to a schedule.
  6. He/she has a low ability to budget, balance a checkbook, or calculate a tip at the restaurant.
  7. He/she finds it difficult to find an approach to solving a problem.
  8. He/she finds it difficult to learn Maths concept beyond the basic Maths facts.
  9. He/she may not meet major milestones of the subject.
  10. He/ she doesn’t attempt to look for different approaches to problems.

Common Problems for any Age Group

Maths test and fear

Here are some signs that are common among kids of any age group to show they are lacking in Maths. Read on:

  1. Your child might get easily frustrated or upset when working with numbers.
  2. Reports “hating” Maths class.
  3. Your child might be unable to follow the steps required to solve simple Maths problems.
  4.  He/she gets anxious about Maths tests or quizzes.
  5. He/she is reluctant to do Maths homework.
  6. Your child tells you that his/her mind goes blank on tests or quizzes.
  7. He/she wants to miss class or school.
  8. His grades in Math lag behind, but scores well in other subjects.
  9. Your child hides report card and tells he/she didn’t get one.
  10. Complains about Maths teacher for not teaching or helping.
  11. Insists on being unable to solve a certain problem, without even trying to do it.
  12. Your child has a low self esteem in Maths, with making self comments like – “I cannot do well in Maths.” Or “I am no good at Maths.”
  13. Physical signs, such as counting on fingers, also suggest poor recalling power of number facts.
  14. Your child may usually seem BORED with Maths.
  15. You child’s Maths teacher may give comments like, “He/she is not working up to his/her full potential.”

Wrapping up, it is extremely important for you, as parents, to change your attitude towards Maths. Take out some time and analyze yourself for your current attitude towards Maths. Most importantly, never ever say that “some people are just bad at Maths.” Be willing to improve yourself to show to your kids that it is possible to improve with hard work and dedication.

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