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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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The school year is over for most of our families and summer is here. I don’t know what people’s plans are for the summer. My family is busy with plans for summer camps, schools, and a family vacation. As parents, we try to strike a balance between relaxation and fun, creative activities and being productive. We try to keep our children’s minds sharp, so we try to give them something academic over the summer, to try to ensure they don’t forget everything they learned over the past year. If you are thinking of giving your child some math during the summer, GoldStudent can be a good tool for you. You can think of a way to reward them for the worksheets they complete. It is amazing how well a reward can help.

The challenge with math is that it is a rather boring and dry subject for most people. However, math is also important, as we all need some level of math in our daily lives. How can we help our children master the basic math skills they need for the real world? If you have any good ideas, please share with us!

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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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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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Practice makes perfect. We’ve all heard the term. Everyone is familiar with the idea that to succeed in sports, athletes need to practice, practice, and more practice in order to excel. In sports, training your body to perform certain actions, certain maneuvers, to achieve a certain control over a ball all these things require many hours of practice of different kinds. With enough practice, many people can become very good at whatever sport they choose good enough to play well and to enjoy and thrive in the sport of their choice.

But who has heard that math practice makes perfect? Math practice works exactly the same was as practice for sports: You need to train your brain to think a certain way, to perform certain mental maneuvers, to learn to control numbers and equations so that they do what you want. In math, just as in sports, repetition leads to perfection, or at least an ability to perform accurately and quickly. Math practice for kids is very important so that they can learn to master math skills.

There are several options to get math help for children who want to master math through practice. Some important concepts to keep in mind:

  • The importance of math worksheets: Math worksheets define what practice is all about. Students who continually work on a series of math practice worksheets on a particular topic have a much higher likelihood of not only mastering the math concept, but also of raising their confidence levels on their overall math ability.
  • Problem solving practice drills: Part of the math worksheet process, problem solving practice drills give students real-life math challenges to help them master the math topic at hand.
  • Word problems in math: Math word problems prove to be some of the toughest for kids. But practicing word math problems over time will result in children ability to transfer their math knowledge to everyday life situations.

Practicing problem solving in math is what GoldStudent was created to do. GoldStudent is designed around the idea that math practice makes perfect. We have developed millions of math problems covering a wide range of curriculum materials. But even better yet, for optimal practice each of the math problems are customized to each student’s needs based on their current skill level. Through problem solving practice, students can perform as many math practice worksheets in as many areas of math as they want. GoldStudent is math help at its infinite best helping students practice and stay motivated to ultimately succeed and achieve math pro status!

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Making math easy for kids and making math fun for kids doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are many ways during every day life that you can involve math in your child’s life and teach your child the importance and relevance of math while still making math fun.

The relevance of math in everyday life is a marvel. Creating math games and math puzzles not only teaches children about math, it also teaches them that math can be fun.  Heck, math can be downright funny!  At GoldStudent, this is what we mean when we talk about incorporating daily activities into your child’s life to help them excel in math.  Math doesn’t have to be hard.  Making math fun is easy! Here’s our top ten list on how to challenge your children with math the fun way:

  1. Math Games:  Monopoly, Yahtzee, backgammon, and card games like cribbage all involve some math, and are fun games for children of many ages. Play these types of games with your family instead of watching television or movies and see just how funny math can be!
  2. Sudoku and the more challenging Kakuro are good number games that make math fun and can be found in many newspapers and for free on-line. Have your child do one or two of these math games a week; work with them to encourage them and show them how it’s done.
  3. Math Puzzles: There are many books of math logic and math puzzles that children can enjoy. These can be found at educational stores or purchased on-line. Buy a book and have your child do 1-2 puzzles per week (or per day if your child really enjoys these).
  4. Shopping for bargains: This cereal is $4 and has 8 servings, while this cereal is $6 and has 10 servings. Which one is a lower price per serving?
  5. CookingThis recipe says we should use one cup of water and one half cup of oil. We want to increase the recipe one and a half times. How much water and how much oil should we use?
  6. PortionsThis says we should use ¼ cup of dry rice per person. If we have six people for dinner, how much rice should we make?
  7. Time problemsYou go to your friend’s house at 1:30, and I will pick you up at 5:15. How much time will you have spent at your friend’s house?
  8. SalesThe shoes you want cost $50, but tomorrow they will have a 20% off sale. How much will the shoes cost then?
  9. DistanceWe have to drive 3 miles to the grocery store, then 2 miles to the office, then 4 miles back home. How many miles do we need to drive in total?
  10. Food amountsYour class wants you to bring half a bagel per student. You have 18 students in your class. How many bagels should you bring?

See how fun math can be? Helping your kids discover the joy of math and seeing the confidence that comes with strong math skill can be an everyday occurrence.  Making math easy doesn’t have to be hard.  Give it a try and see what fun you can get into together!

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