Math tutoring can alleviate anxiety related to mathematics
Distress and frustration are common behaviors in children who encounter difficulties with math. Unfortunately, however, fears related to math anxiety may actually diminish when these children work with a tutor, according to the study published by MindShift.
Writing in American Journal of Education, MindShift’s Leonardo Y. Klein, Kavita Tannandlall, Moritz Pockett, Zintek Sloboda, and Kimberly Pitker evaluated the impact of math tutoring services on kids who struggle with math, including comparing data collected in their own nationwide study and similar data from the New England Testing Program in Boston.
Even the same group of kids who faced similar difficulties were able to develop greater confidence when learning with a tutor.
The researchers found that students with high anxiety levels about math benefitted from math tutoring, albeit briefly, and this reduction in anxiety can be sustained longer.
“Helping children who face difficulties with math to overcome those difficulties—while also challenging them to successfully learn—can also help children feel less anxiety around math, and that this is beneficial,” said Klein.
“We sought to determine if students with high anxiety levels about math would benefit from math tutoring and, if so, how long it could last. Understanding this in more detail helps us determine a potential approach for providing students with the mathematics support they need.”
MindShift focuses on the intersection of education and mental health. The idea is to draw attention to the issue and the impact of mental health problems on the classroom. For more information, visit www.mindshift.org