Children can need help in math whether they are at grade level, working above their grade, or if they are struggling to keep up. But few children will speak up and simply say help me in math! Instead, children react in many ways to math at school. They could be bored, frightened, they might lack motivation, they may need more drilling, or they may need more opportunities to take tests to reduce their stress or fears.

Whatever their skill level, here are ten ways to decide if your child needs additional math help:

- Your child understands the math worksheets and material, but makes careless mistakes.
- Your child understands the math worksheets and material, but takes too long to complete problems, resulting in poor results or test scores.
- You would like your child to do more math homework, but are unable to find math worksheets and other materials at the right level and in sufficient quantity.
- You would like your child to do more math homework, but you do not have time (or the ability with more advanced work) to grade the extra work or provide test situations.
- Your child seems unmotivated and does poorly on math homework and tests.
- Your child seems to understand the math worksheets and material, but does poorly on homework or on tests.
- Your child panics in test situations.
- Your child is baffled by one math topic, although in general does well in math.
- You are unable to help your child with their math schoolwork, either because you do not have time, your schedule does not allow it, or you simply cannot follow the assignments.
- Your child is very advanced in math, and the teachers at school seem unable to meet his or her needs, resulting in boredom or poor performance.

If any of these ten situations sound familiar, there are math resources available to you to help. One option is supplemental online, computer-based math instruction. Online computer-based instruction in math can be a huge benefit for many children, whether they are accelerated past their age group or are having trouble.

Online computer-based instruction provides children with additional problem-solving opportunities, more experience and practice with sometimes stressful test situations, and most of all distinct focus on a particular subject. These three benefits can greatly speed up and ensure better, more in-depth math learning coverage. Participating in supplemental computer-based instruction gives your child a better chance to excel in math at school.

Online computer-based instruction ensures children will develop better study habits, better self-esteem, and can lead to significantly improved grades and faster coverage of material.

GoldStudent is a successful online computer-based math assistance program that works for kids that need help in math. See how GoldStudent works.

on February 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm |CogitoErgoCogitoSum• Your child does well, but only through rote memorization of the material, and cannot explain why any math works. The child is fail to grasp larger concepts later if they lack the conceptual understanding of the more basic material. Nip it in the bud while you can.