Need some help with grammar, math word problems, and standardized testing?  Read through these below.

1) Review the explanation pages in front of each grammar booklet.  Most of what a student needs to know to do a grammar booklet can be found on the inside front cover.  These pages explain and give examples of what the child will encounter.  Unless it is a review booklet – letters: E, J, O, and T – the pages and an explanation video (via QR code on the front cover) will be available.

2) Read the directions and problems slowly several times.  Many times the issue with math word problems is not the math, but the reading.  Children tend to go too fast in general and miss an important detail.  Also, listen to your child read the problem out loud to see if she stumbles with any words.  Make sure they know these math keywords and which operation each is indicating.

Grammar is another place where reading the directions carefully can save a lot of time and effort. They will change often, and many students make errors from simply assuming what they say. Spelling and punctuation are also common errors that can be found by slowing down.

3) Draw a picture or write out the info.  Some problems may become clearer if the picture is drawn.  Area and perimeter problem?  Draw the shape and label the sides.  Shopping and tax problem? Write out the info given in a simple or chart type manner.  Sometimes just reorganizing the words from sentences into pictures or diagrams help clarify what needs to be done.

4) Practice more.  As with all things, practice helps familiarize the student to feel more confident and adept at solving the problem.  Give the problem again with different numbers.  Now reword the problem with the info given in a slightly different order.  Now give harder numbers.  Do several variations to help your child pick out the info and use it correctly. For extensive practice before the next standardized testing, download the previous years’ tests from your state testing agency and practice with those.  We have a few states listed below.