How to Solve Math Word Problems: Tips for Reducing Word Problem Stress

If you want to help your child relieve word problem stress, here are a few easy-to-follow tips to easily solve math word problems.

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1. Read through the problem carefully- By doing this you learn to look for certain words such as to add, subtract, multiply or divide.

2. Learn what each word means- If your child does not understand what a word means, have them use a dictionary to look up the meaning of a word.

3. Carefully work the problem-Have the student work the problem as they believe that the problem should be worked.

4. Check the answer-Check the answer by reviewing what operations were performed versus what operations should be performed according to the instructor.

5. Break the problem down-To solve math word problems it can be easier to read the problem(s) a sentence at a time, the student learns what each part of the problem means. This also helps them to know what the problem is asking for.

6. Draw the problem out- By using pictures as a student works through the problem; this helps the student to visually see what the problem is asking for as well as the fact that it helps them to be able to slowly see how to solve the problem.

7. Split into chunks- Work on the problem a little at a time. If the child truly is having a hard time in understanding a problem, have them work on a problem for ten minutes at a time, followed by a 5 minute break. This way, they do not get too bogged down by working on a problem.

9. Partner up- By using a classmate to solve these problems, students can see where they get a concept, and where they struggle with concepts.

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