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Check out our Free Math Worksheets page! We recently added free math assessment tests, free math quizzes and free math brain teasers.

First, you have to follow the next link: http://www.goldstudent.com/Free-Worksheets-For-Print.aspx

After that, you may select from the top of the page Free Math Worksheets, Free Math Assessment Tests, Free Math Quizzes and Tests or Free Math Brain Teasers.

Select from the top of the page Free Math Worksheets, Free Math Assessment Tests, Free Math Quizzes and Tests or Free Math Brain Teasers

When you decided what kind of problems you want to try, follow the 3 simple steps from the page:

Step 1: Select a grade (you can select from 1st grade to 6th grade advanced)
Step 2: Select a subject (there are many subjects for a specific grade)
Step 3: Pick a problem type from the examples shown bellow and a worksheet will be generated with the same kind of math problems.

Follow the 3 simple steps from the page

In order to print your worksheet, test or brain teaser, click the print button on the top of the page.

Click print button on the top of the page

Good luck!

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I attended a symposium on math education in Los Angeles.  There were many school teachers and administrators in the audience.  I learned something that I’d like to share with you.

Neuroscientists have found out that one part of our brain is used for learning new things (for simplicity,let me call this “new” part of brain), and another part of the brain is used for storing things we know (let me call this “knowledge” part of the brain).  When our children learn something new, they use the “new” part of the brain.  The “new” part of the brain is limited in capacity, meaning one can always learn new things, but there is a limit on how many new things one can learn at one time.  In order for our students to be able to learn other new things effectively, we need them to master things, so these things will be stored in the “knowledge” part of brain, freeing up space in the “new” part of the brain to learn other new things.

This helped me understand why math practice is important.  Take multiplication tables as an example: When a student learns it in the beginning, it is the “new” part of the brain that is used.  When it is a new subject, the student needs to process a lot of concepts to figure out what the answer is.  As the student practices and repeats the exercises, the multiplication table becomes knowledge and is stored in the “knowledge” part of the brain.  Once it is in the knowledge part of the brain, it will be called out quickly when it is needed.

What we see is that when a student has really mastered multiplication tables, he does not have to think each time, the answer comes to him automatically.

In the past, I only knew that to master something, practice is necessary.  Now I understand there is a physiological reason for it.  This applies not only to math, but to any new thing we want to learn.

I am interested in figuring out how to help our kids improve their math skills.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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We have begun to add video tutorials to our site, in order to help students learn or re-learn what they may be missing in their math education.  Each video is just a few minutes in length, and covers one concept.  We use examples similar to those on the worksheets.  These include an audio explanation created by a professional instructor.

You can find these videos linked on some of the worksheets, as shown in the image below, or on our math video tutorials page!  We are adding more videos, so if you need one that covers a particular topic, let us know.

Video Tutorial Math Worksheets

Try it yourself: this free math worksheet for 6th grade has a video tutorial linked to it.

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