Math Homework Tips

“Ask Before Tell”

Before you explain how to do a homework problem, you should ask your student to first explain how they did it .  This might help the student in figuring out the answer or you can use what you heard to help provide assistance by asking the following questions:

  • What do you need to figure out?  What is the problem about?
  • What words are confusing?  What words are familiar?
  • Did you solve problems like this one before?
  • What have you tried so far?  What else can you try?
  • Can you make a drawing or chart to help you think about the problem?
  • Does your answer make sense?
  • Is there more than one answer?
  • What math words or steps do you use in class?

Adapted from book,”Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics”