Sylvan offers tips to help students succeed at math

Here’s the press release from Sylvan Learning:

Raising An Independent Math Learner

In celebration of Mathematics Awareness Month in April, Sylvan Learning
located in Asheville offers tips that parents can use to help students
succeed in math.

Asheville, NC (Grassroots Newswire) April 2, 2012 ˆ Every student studies
mathematics, and it has always been an important component in education.
It is a tool that helps us make sense of the world around us, and it is
particularly important because success in mathematics has been linked to
success in college and future careers. Simply stated, math counts when it
comes to a bright future.

In celebration of Mathematics Awareness Month in April 2012, Sylvan
Learning located in Asheville is offering tips that families can use to
help their student excel in mathematics education and become an
independent learner.

The theme of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month is “Mathematics,
Statistics, and the Data Deluge,” to demonstrate how mathematics and
statistics provide the tools to understand data collected every day from
various devices, networks and other sources.

„The deluge of data that children encounter in their daily lives today˜and
which they will encounter even more throughout their adult lives˜makes it
even more important that they build strong math and statistics skills.
This flood of information contains good data and bad,‰ says Janet Crocker
of Sylvan Learning located in Asheville.

„Good skills in math and statistics can equip your child with the ability
to discern valid data from misleading data, and to make intelligent
decisions based on factual data,‰ Crocker added.

Here are some helpful tips that parents can use to help bridge the gap
between the fears of math and the vibrant and essential world of numbers
for our children:

VALIDATE IT: Don‚t be a parent who says, „I was never good at math.‰ It
will only send the wrong message that „math is hard‰ and it has null
value. It‚s better to stress that math is something that has to be learned
like anything else, by putting the time and effort into studies.

ADD IT UP: Point out math in everyday life. Make sure your child knows
that math is relevant to his or her life, whether it‚s figuring out how
long a road trip will take or making out a grocery budget. Think aloud and
let your child see you work out everyday math problems.

MULTIPLY IT: Find online resources that will help your child acquire the
math skills he or she needs. There are plenty of free online resources
geared to teaching and building math skills for students of all ages. You‚ll
find everything from entertaining math tricks to multiplication shortcuts
to free online practice sessions like the ones you can find on They provide online video lessons on all sorts of
math problems that can help with math homework or studying for tests.

SOLVE IT: Get help before it‚s too late. While classroom learning may be
enough for one child, it may not be enough for another. Supplemental math
instruction from a professional source can provide the one-on-one
attention that is sometimes missing from a busy classroom and should be
considered when parents lack the time or skill needed to provide help at
home. Giving a child the time and opportunity to ask questions and learn
math at their own pace can open doors of understanding in ways a
traditional classroom cannot˜and eventually can provide them with the
confidence they need to learn in that classroom setting.

CHECK IT: If algebra is around the corner for your child‚s level of
learning, log onto and have him or her take the Fit 4
Algebra Challenge! It‚s completely free and only takes about 20 minutes
to complete. You‚ll also gain access to many free online resources that
can help your child strengthen skills and get in tip-top shape for

Mathematics Awareness Month began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan
issued a proclamation for National Mathematics Awareness Week. The annual
celebration is a collaboration of the American Mathematical Society, the
American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America
and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.

For additional math resources, contact Janet Crocker of Sylvan Learning
located in Asheville at (828) 253-2312 or, or
visit us on the web at or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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About Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all
ages, grades and skill levels with over 30 years of experience and more
than 800 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan’s trained and
Sylvan-certified personal instructors provide individualized instruction
in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college
entrance and state exams. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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