Opportunities to Improve Math Skills

Improving Math Skills

The important thing you have to do is give up the fear of Mathematics. Start playing with numbers mentally. You can do mental calculation while watching TV, traveling, eating at restaurants, etc.  Expose yourself to many different math sources.


Children don't hate math. They hate being confused and intimidated by math.
With understanding comes passion. And with passion comes growth—a treasure is unlocked.


Helpful Math Websites

It can be difficult for parents to keep math on the front burner, especially when it is hard to gauge exactly what their child should be learning. Here are some of the best websites to keep you informed about your child should be learning and to keep them engaged with math.

  • www.mathforum.com This online community includes teachers, students, researchers, parents and educators who have an interest in math and math education. The site includes Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week, discussion groups and much more. (Parents/Teachers)
  • www.AAAmath.com Customized by grade level K-8, and subjects from basic to advanced math. AAA Math features explanations of various mathematical topics, practice problems and fun, challenging games. (Parents/Teachers)
  • www.coolmath.com This fully interactive site and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play games and explore new math concepts. (Students)
  • www.figurethis.org. Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site helps families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging challenges that build math unstanding. (Parents/Teachers)
  • www.mathcats.com Math Cats provides playful explorations of important math concepts that is organized by topic or section. It includes games, crafts interactive projects, a magic chalkboard and an art gallery. (Parents/Teachers)
  • www.funbrain.com/numbers.html This site includes 17 original games based on soccer, car racing and much more Other games include Math Baseball, where a child can score runs with correct answers and Operation Order, where students can build pyramids with their knowledge of algebra. (Students)


Helpful Websites for Parents and Children

Site that provide tutoring services

  • Count Me In Too: This is a really great site for teachers to take students for building mathematical concepts in a fun way for grades K-6 (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.homeschoolmath.net: This is a comprehemsive math resource site for homeschooling parents, parents, and teachers that includes free math worksheets, lessons, online math games lists, ebooks, a curriculum guide, reviews, and more. The resourcfes emphasize understanding of concepts instead of mechanical memorization of rules. (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.math.com: This site defines, explains, gives examples, and practice problems for math topics ranging from basic math to calculus. (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.tutor.com: A tutoring service that requires payment for services. (Tutoring)
  • http://www.adaptedmind.com: For grades 1-6, this site is organized by grade level and topic. Within a lesson students can view a video, do practice problems, and worksheets. If parents wish to join, they can print worksheets and students are tracked and earn rewards for their progress. (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.Karlscalculus.org: This web site is a calculus tutoring site. (Tutoring)
  • http://www.intellitutoring.com: This web site is a pay for, online, one-on-one, tutoring site for higher level math. (Tutoring)
  • http://www.wyzant.com/math_tutors.aspx: Allows you to search for tutors in your area and provide a picture and information about each tutor. (Tutoring)
  • http://www.mathtutor.ac.uk: To revise or find a math topic you missed. Video tutorials with diagnositics, summary texts and exercises, take you through more than 80 topics in the way you choose. Covers basic arithmetic through higher level math. (Students Help)
  • http://www.ixl.com: This site has a comprehensive coverage of math curriculum for pre K - 8th grade, plus algerbra and geometry. Topics are organized by grade level and by state standards. When a studentmisses a practice problem, they are given an explanation of why and an example of how to work the problem. (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.khanacademy.org: Video tutorials and practice problems from very basic math to calculus. Incldes brainteasers. (Tutoring)
  • http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com: iKeepBookmarks.com allows you to upload, and keep, your bookmarks on the web for free. You can access them at any time, from any computer... anywhere! (Parents/Teachers)
  • http://www.born-to-learn.org
    Born to learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn. (Parents/Teachers)
  • Michigan Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Includes an alignment with the previous Grade Level Content Expectations (Parents/Teachers)
  • Illuminations: Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This site is organized into four sections (Activities, lessons, standards and web links) and has over 100 interactive activities organized by grade level K-12 (searchable); 607 lessons with many being interactive; 724 links to math resources organized by standard. (Parents/Teachers)


Tutoring Services

  • Columbia Adult Education
    High School completion courses and/or math review classes
    (517) 529-9400
  • Community Action Agency
    Adult Basic Education ABE and or/GED prep classes
    (517) 784-4800
  • Erickson Learning Center
    211 W. Ganson
    Jackson, MI 49201
    (517) 789-7889
  • Grace Academy - Free tutoring
  • GRASP program
    Summer mail correspondence class for students grades K-8th grade
    (616) 819-2548
  • Hire a local Tutor (WyzAnt)
  • Jackson Sylan Learning Center
    3333 Spring Arbor Road, Suite 500
    (517) 787-9180
  • John McLaughlin - 1st Presbyterian Church
    After school tutoring for students in grades 5-9
  • Kumon Math & Reading Center
    1212 Wildwood Ave - Suite D
    Jackson, MI 49202
    (517) 783-3144
  • Lily Missions Center – after school tutoring through 8th grade
    (517) 783-6553
  • Spring Arbor University, Jackson Community College, and Baker College are working to set up tutoring services for elementary, middle, and high school students. We will be providing more detail about this later.
  • Some elementary, middle, and high schools offer after school tutoring for their own students
  • Word-Light Family Empowerment
    804 South Milwaukee Street
    (517) 768-1345

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