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Build Confidence With Numbers via LearnFast’s Maths Skills Booster

Posted by David Stanley on March 2, 2015 at 12:46 PM

maths skills boosterOver the past few months, over 2,000 subscribers have downloaded the LearnFast Maths Skill Booster to help with maths and the feedback has been very positive. 

Students and parents have found it a light time load - only 10 minutes a day – but especially liked the excitement of plotting progress and regular rewards for improvement that has really helped engage many students.

A pleasing and unexpected result was reported by one parent who noticed that her daughter now does other things, not just maths, faster – she gets the concept of “fast”.

Should they start with the standard or jumbled form?

Amongst the feedback was a good question from one parent. She asked: “Is it best to start with completing the Standard form first - get 169 right in 3 minutes and then go to a Jumbled form or start with the Jumbled one?”

Maths Skills Booster Explained

For the answer to this question, it's helpful to understand the Maths Skills Booster. Why does this tool work with a topic (maths) that many children consider so boring? 

Firstly, to be clear, this is NOT something designed to generate Einstein clones. It is a positive parenting tool. Consider the impact of the messages we received as children: who ever remembers having a positive connection with numbers or math test results? Most people have painful memories of being force fed tables and the disappointment in their parents voices when talking about test results.

The cunning strategy built into this tool helps parents change the tone of the conversation they have with their child around maths and create positive engagement. Even the student who really struggles can see and feel improvements every week and hence parents have an opportunity to praise and have a positive conversation with their child – how cool.

Hence this maths improvement tool has two main purposes:

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  1. In a very functional way, this tool builds confidence and familiarity with some common number relationships. These relationships form a foundation and hence make other parts of mathematics so much easier to do like division, fractions, Pythagorus theorem, factorizing, quadratic equations and many others.
  2. Help your child challenge themself and have excitement from seeing regular improvements and pleasure from having positive conversations with their parents around their progress. You acknowledging constant improvement and engaging your child in asking what they are trying for next is very empowering for that growing mind. This concept of planning and achieving goals your child chooses (within the boundaries set by the task) seeds some very productive thinking patterns for your child’s working life.

Let your child choose where to start - standard or jumbled

So the answer to the question is: Why not leave it to your child to choose when they want to rise to the challenge?

Some might get down to 6 minutes on the standard unjumbled form and then try to see if they can complete the jumbled in under 10 minutes.

Then alternate between the two types and try improving Personal Best times for each. 

The Ultimate Challenge 

Children “know” these foundational number relationships (their tables) when their times are the same either jumbled or unjumbled and under 3 minutes. That is the ultimate challenge.

If you have used the LearnFast Maths Skills Booster, what was the best thing about it?

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