Month: June 2012

Does Your Child Need A Math Tutor?

I read the following article and thought you might be interested in checking it out. It’s a quick and dirty list of things to look for to help you recognize that your child may need a math tutor. read them over and see if any of them apply to your child/children. 

10 Signs That Your Child Needs A Math Tutor For Math Practice

You spend several hours every week to help your child with math problems, you try to motivate him, you have spoken to his teacher about his math homework but the result is still the same- poor math grades. Sounds familiar?
Don’t be in denial when your child’s math scores are not satisfactory and when he can’t stop getting distracted while working on his math homework problems. There are signs everywhere; you just need to be vigilant and take an appropriate action.
Look for these warning signs:
1) Poor grade in the report card (obviously a giveaway).
2) He spends 2-3 hours on his math homework every night.
3) His motivation level is very low and the very thought of going to school makes
him sad.
4) He works hard at home, but still gets Cs and Ds.
5) He has developed a nonchalant attitude toward school-related activities.
6) He does much better in other subjects such as science or reading.
7) His teacher complains regarding missed homework or declining grades.
8) He avoids conversations with you regarding math homework completion or
other school work when asked and starts acting out.
9) He complains that he has no friends at school.
10) He comes up with excuses to stay out of school, especially on math test or
homework due days.

By: Surabhi Mittal

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Surabhi Mittal works with the academic department of that provides one-on-one online math tutoring to children in grades 3-12. She can be reached at To learn more about online math tutoring or to get a 2-week free trial, please visit

I know this isn’t a comprehensive list, but it is a good starting point. And these things are sure signs that you should look into getting your child some tutoring help.

Oh, and did I mention that we here at Cherry Hill Mathnasium have a great track record when it comes to tutoring children and helping them improve their outlook as well as grades when it comes to math?  Ha Ha

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Kids Are Not A Test Score

I read an interesting Reuters article on Yahoo 7 News today that I thought I’d share with you.

You can read the article here:

U.S. Parents Protest Surge In Standardised Testing

It seems many parents, teachers, and administrators protest that the high stakes exams are unfair, unreliable and unnecessarily punitive. This “standardized testing” is used in determining whether an 8-year-old advances to the next grade with their classmates; whether a teen can get his high school diploma; which teachers keep their jobs; how much those teachers are paid; and even which public schools are shut down or turned over to private management.

I remember when I was in elementary scool back in the 1960s and we all had to take the Iowa Basi Skills exam. I hated those tests and never felt that they truly represented my intelligence nor did they appropriately assess the information that I had learned in school. But despite my protests, I still had to take them!  😉

What about you? Did you have to take any “standardized testing” when you were in school? Did you like taking those tests? Did your parents complain about the testing?

Apparently some parents are very upset about the current “standardized testing,” so much so that “in New York City last week, several hundred parents and children rallied outside the offices of Pearson Education, a division of Pearson Plc, the nation’s largest testing company. To the jaunty accompaniment of a marching band, the protesters chanted, “More teaching, less testing” and “One, two, three, four … Kids are not a test score!””

While I probably wouldn’t go that far, I find it interesting that a group of parents did.

The article closes with:

The Obama Administration is also pushing states to develop standardized assessments for first- and second-graders – and even for 5-year-olds entering kindergarten, to test what they know of the alphabet, colours, shapes and other basics.

“Our system doesn’t know where kids are until their first standardised test kicks in, in third grade. By third grade, it’s frankly too late” to help students who have fallen way behind, said Peter Cunningham, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Cunningham acknowledged that all the testing has a downside. “Parents have an absolutely legitimate concern that when schools are teaching to the test, kids are not getting a well-rounded education,” he said.

“But the answer is not to abandon tests,” he said. “It’s to make better tests.”

So it looks like the dreaded testing will continue, (sorry kids!) but hopefully be more representative of the actual information being taught and learned by the children today.

Any thoughts on this? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Have a great day!

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