Posts Tagged ‘elementary math’

Our flash cards were just launched. We believe the flash cards provide another tool to help students polish their math skills. We are starting with four subjects (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), each with three levels of difficulty (easy, medium and hard). You can customize the flash cards to set how many problems per set, and whether or not you want a timer running during the practice. At the end, you will get a score and you can review problem by problem how you have done. To check it out, give it a try: GoldStudent Math Flash Cards.

GoldStudent Flash Cards - Options Screen

GoldStudent Flash Cards - Question and Answer

GoldStudent Flash Cards - Score and Review

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We are well into the new school year by now. In my family, we have settled into a routine of driving to schools and then driving to sports after school. With three kids in three different schools and three different schedules, driving has been really hectic (no school bus system where we live). However, we believe it is important for our kids to have a balanced set of activities, that combines academics with sports and other things.

In my spare time, I have managed to squeeze in time to read a few really good books (mostly on planes when traveling for work). One that is worth sharing is “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book, the author tries to share his observations of what he believes are the key elements that make people succeed. He highlights the importance of environment, talent, effort, and being at the right place at the right time. He points out that it may not be just coincidence that Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Eric Smith (CEO of Google) were all born within a year of each other, signifying that the timing of the information technology revolution likely is a contributor to these super-successful innovators.

There are two things mentioned in this book that resonate strongly with me. The first is the 10,000 hours rule: He researched the experts in many fields, from computer programmers, to musicians, to mathematicians, and concludes that to truly become a master of something, one needs to not only have talent, but must also to put in about 10,000 hours to sufficiently master a subject, be it math or playing the violin.

The other is Gladwell’s observation as to why Asian children seem to be good at math. He points out two factors:

1) The Asian culture is such that parents and society believe that everyone can do math, and be good at elementary and high school-level math.

2) The Asian educational systems make students practice far more hours of math than what is expected in the U.S.. He believes that the cultural expectations (the environment) combined with the additional hours of practice drive the success of math education in China and other Asian countries.

Having grown up in China and gone through the Chinese education system, I cannot agree with him more. As far back as I can remember, adults around me, be it my parents, grandmother, or the neighbors’ children, who were just a few years older than me, would all ask me math problems as a daily routine and part of the daily play. When an entire community embraces math or education in this way, and in addition the schools assign significant homework assignments, it works: Children learn math extremely well. When a child in China was behind on his or her basic math skills, parents would find weekend tutors, or would tutor the kids at home themselves, to make sure their kids could keep up.

Will American culture evolve to the point where we will also expect all kids to be able to master basic math skills as do other cultures?

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Happy summer everyone! Public schools are out and the summer has really kicked in. Some of you may be on vacation, and some may be involved with summer camps and summer schools. It never hurts to combine fun and relaxation with creative and productive learning. If you can find just 10 minutes a day for your kids to do some math, it would help them remember the things they have learned, and would make the next school year easier. Also, if your kids are a bit behind on any math concepts, you can take advantage of summer time to catch up.

Using GoldStudent as a resource will make it easier for you. In my family, we use dinner time to have stimulating discussions on various topics. Also, if we take a road trip, we play games in the car to make it fun. The most popular game in our family is “20 questions”, where one person thinks of an object, and the others try to guess what it is. The goal is to identify the object while asking less than 20 yes-or-no questions.

Have you checked out our problem of the day? It is an easy way to have a different problem each day to work with your child. It just takes a couple of minutes, and you can make it a family activity to get everyone to work together on a math problem. Give it a try!

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Everybody uses math whether they realize it or not. Cooks use math to modify the amount of a recipe they will make. Shoppers use math to calculate change, tax, and sales prices. Vacationers use math to find time of arrivals and departures to plan their trips. Even homeowners use math to determine the cost of materials when doing projects. Every single day everyone encounters some type of math situation, either in personal finance, buying things in a store, trying to close a purchase contract, or interpreting some statistics in a news story.

GoldStudent offers a new feature that allows every user to do at least a math problem per a day.

Every day, GoldStudent will give you a new problem to solve.

If you miss a problem you can access that problem by clicking on the See all problems link from problem o of the day pop up or Problem of the day link from the footer.

After that, you will be redirected to the problem of the day history page. On this page you can select the date of the problem you missed and the problem of that day will be displayed.

Problem of the Day History

You can exercise your math skills every day.

Try the Problem of the Day on GoldStudent right now!

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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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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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Motivation in math, or the concept of motivational math is a rare concept indeed! There are very few children that really want to practice math.  Children often think math is hard.  They see math as a chore; boring, frustrating or just plain lame?.  There are no flashing lights in math, no action figures or warrior games – all of which are provided in abundance by video games and television.

But motivation for math is still possible.  And teaching motivation in math is what GoldStudent does.  GoldStudent does not provide flashing lights and action figures in their math program.  What GoldStudent does provide is a program that not only gives students motivation for math, it also delivers a program that will have students motivated and confident and actually practicing math on an ongoing basis.  Hard to believe but true; motivation in math is possible!

When watching a child play a video game, do you ever marvel at their ability to concentrate and their attention to detail? Those same concentration and attention to detail qualities are what help children excel in math, and what GoldStudent taps into to keep motivating kids to flex their math power.

At GoldStudent, we feel that the kind of attention and concentration that is needed to do math exercises should be rewarded, and that progress and success in studying math should carry a proportional reward. As a result, GoldStudent has developed a point system to reward success and progress (aka; motivation in math) through the curriculum developed for each student.

Here’s how GoldStudent’s motivation in math works:  Students earn points for completing math worksheets and for passing topic and chapter tests. The more math work that a student accomplishes (or the more math motivation that a student displays), the more points they earn.  More points are also earned for higher performance; the higher percentage of math problems a student gets correct, the more points they accumulate. Students can constantly track on the GoldStudent website exactly how many points they have accumulated, and they’ll see how their point total grows as they make progress.   Talk about creating a motivation for math!

The points are a reward in and of themselves, but GoldStudent also provides the ability for students to redeem points for prizes. GoldStudent offers a range of prizes for which students can exchange the points they have earned in order to receive the prizes of their choosing.  Larger prizes are redeemed for more points, smaller prizes for fewer points. Available prizes range from multicolor pens and stickers, to bracelets, earrings, Game Boy & trade games to Itunes gift certificates. Parents have the ability to choose which prizes their children are permitted to exchange points for, and all prizes are shipped care of the parents name, so that parents can review all redeemed prizes before giving them to their children.

Motivation in math is possible.  As parents ourselves, we know it can be tough to get children to practice math.  But when it comes motivating your children to work on their math skills, turn to GoldStudent for help.

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