For students who struggle with mathematics, it can be challenging to find the right tools to unlock the door to understanding. Private tutoring or enrichment programs can help, especially when tutors use a multi-modal approach to help students access the deeper meanings of mathematical systems.
What is Multi-Modal Mathematics?
Multi-modal simply means multiple modes or methods. By offering students many different avenues to practice mathematical concepts, they’re given many different chances to succeed. For example, instead of simply solving several practice problems on a worksheet, students can also solve similar problems by using manipulative tools, new technology based instructional methods, and/or verbal discussion of the logical approach to the problem in a teacher-led small group.
Real World Approach
Early Scholars NY uses this multi-modal approach in our math tutoring center in order to help students meet the dual demands of standardized testing and real world problems. By linking mathematics to a host of analytical situations, we lay the foundation for mastering difficult workplace responsibilities and household demands. In addition, students gain a deeper understanding of number theory and the overall importance of logical thinking skills. Building a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and coupling it with a hands-on approach to solving problems gives students a lasting understanding of how to approach mathematical problems critically.
Tie-In to Test Prep
While most elementary level assessments are still primarily pen and paper based, it’s clear that students need more than just test preparation to do well on high-stakes math tests. By exposing students to a number of different ways to solve a problem, they’ll develop their critical thinking skills and be better equipped to face the rigors of standardized tests. Try working with your student at home using manipulative tools or practice problems from our math curriculum guide, which offers word problems to encourage connections between reading and math skills for comprehensive practice and skill building.
-Dr. Erin Jacques, Early Scholars Learning Center