The school district that I mainly tutor in recently announced that they will be starting the first month of the year doing virtual learning and then evaluate from there. I know that parents are concerned that their children may not be getting the same level of education that they will need going forward into next year and on into college. Especially with a subject like Math that really builds on previous concepts, falling behind can make math get more and more difficult.
So what can be done? I believe that parents, teachers, tutors, families, counselors and everyone else around the child needs to communicate to the student that he or she needs to take an active role and interest in their own learning. There are so many distractions while trying to learn over the computer and some students don't even attend the online lectures that are being presented.
First things first. Setting up some type of regular schedule for not just attending the online lectures but for how much time is actively spent studying outside of online classes is important. It's easy to let days and weeks and then months slip by without doing very much.
Second, if you are able to, enlist the help of a tutor. A regular weekly meeting with a tutor can go a long way to helping a student stay on top of the material they are learning and even get slightly ahead so they know what is coming up in the next few days in class.
Third, there are many free online resources, like YouTube videos, as well as paid resources such as online video courses that can help fill in the gaps in a students learning and help them get over learning hurdles by an experienced teacher or tutor.
Lastly, I know things are really challenging for many students right now with being more isolated from friends and social activities. So help your child try to find a healthy balance of studying, playing, resting, exercising, and even daydreaming about the future they would like to create for themselves.
Wishing you success in your math and your life,
Mario's Math Tutoring
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