While tutoring is a very good way to help a child learn math, there are other methods which have shown to be successful. The article below by Jim Wheelan is just one of these ways. It’s a quick read – so let me know what you think of this?

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**Math Intervention Programs Correct Problems Before They Become Catastrophes**

When he struggles with a subject early in school, your child probably will continue struggling with it throughout life. Fortunately, math intervention programs that are targeted toward early elementary students quickly help overcome those roadblocks to learning.

**Math Intervention Programs**

Math intervention programs aid both the frustrated student and the teacher with tailored instruction in the concepts and application of mathematical theories, rules and processes. The computer-aided learning process combines teaching basic computer skills with introduction and reinforcement of mathematics.

Most math intervention programs include three tiers of learning: Each tier of Response to Intervention (RTI) presents more intensive instruction in alternate ways for which even the most dedicated teacher can rarely find time.

Tier I is the base or benchmark level for students who have only occasional or temporary difficulties absorbing math concepts.

Tier II comprises a strategic level of additional instruction for students who are yet unable to meet their grade-level standards and need more systematic and tightly focused instruction.

Tier III encompasses the most intensive level of instruction. Students who need Tier III RTI tutoring are at risk of failing math: They have underperformed repeatedly and consistently, and they require in-depth, specialized instruction.

**Real-Time Performance Monitoring**

Your child is never anchored to a math RTI program and left to sink or swim. The teacher receives constant reports on your child’s progress and can assist your child with specific exercises or rephrase and reintroduce specific items or areas needing attention beyond the program parameters. The elementary teacher can access and use redesigned lesson plans that highlight and reinforce topics and processes that enhance the learning process.

**Using a Computer versus a Live Tutor**

The concepts behind computerized intervention programs for reading and math, for example, are very similar to live tutoring programs. Your child is evaluated on his strengths and weaknesses and is given tailored learning to reinforce the weak areas identified.

Your child’s teacher is more actively involved with the learning process with a computerized RTI. She can offer support, instruction and guidance in real time. Your child progresses quickly in a familiar and comfortable learning environment.

**Summary**

Today’s working world is highly competitive. Not only are more jobs available in the high-technology fields than even a decade ago, but job trends lean heavily toward even more increases in the future. Providing your child a solid foundation in mathematics and other areas can only improve the child’s future possibilities. Help your child learn now when his mind is easy to teach. Enroll him in extra English courses or utilize math intervention strategies as soon as possible when continued difficulties arise. Clear the learning path of obstacles while the problems are easily corrected and help pave the way to a more secure future.

Jim Wheelin writes about many different math intervention programs and other educational topics for parents and kids. Jim is always keeping an eye out for the latest in math technology, games and other educational resources including http://www.dreambox.com/math-intervention .

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So what do you think? Is this better than having a personal tutor?