– It has been long believed that you’re either a math person or you’re not. According to a National Science Foundation study conducted by Florida International University Professor Zahra Hazari, such an assumption is flawed. To become good at math and embrace a successful career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students need, in particular, an interest in these matters and to be recognized by parents, teachers, relatives or friends.

– Professor Hazari gave a few tips that can be useful to parents who want to help their child, during the summer, on the road to become a “math person”:

  1. Give your child the opportunity to teach a younger sibling or friend how to solve a math problem.

  2. Help your child connect math to subjects they’re interested in.

  3. Be lavish with encouragements and public congratulations when your child solves a challenging math problem.

  4. Always set high expectations about your child’s achievement in math.



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