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 Post subject: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:43 pm

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My daughter finds this the hardest and is the slowest at this.

In a recent mock she managed to finish all the short maths questions: 30 in 15 mins with only 1 wrong but got only 3/4 way through long maths and got 3 wrong. I know it is normal for children not to finish this section. We have managed to improve her speed a little and her accuracy a lot by giving her 10 minute tests Maths Word problems recently but she is getting bored of these.

Anybody got any tips of how we can help her extract the info she needs from the question. Or any more interesting ways of practicing? A game or app she might enjoy more?

TIA

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 Post subject: Re: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:04 pm

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If you search then I've posted ways for improving solving word problems before. Get back to me if you can't find them.

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 Post subject: Re: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:23 pm

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I have seen your posts about talking out load and found the word problems on primary homework help. Is that what you meant?

I can see the talking aloud might help. It seems to help with shuffled sentences.

Can I ask what is your view on multi-step maths questions?. I had told her to leave them to last in the test but she didn't remember.

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 Post subject: Re: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:28 pm

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Start with a simple statement like 'A bag of crisps [more healthy choices can be made] costs 50p'

Make up a single stage problem. Examples might be 'How much does 3 bags cost?', 'How many bags can I buy for £3.50? £5.75?'

Then move on when she is confident and add another step e.g. calculating change, adding another item.

By making up their own problems they learn to deconstruct others.

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 Post subject: Re: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:15 pm

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Thanks. Hadn't managed to find that info. Will try that. Funnily enough, she is always much better on the questions about food and sweets. I taught her fractions and ratio with M&Ms and smarties!

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 Post subject: Re: How to improve word problem speed?Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:33 pm

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Btw I should have said to make her make up the questions - sweets are not fattening in maths questions!

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