Can I expect any help with my college math homework from my parents?


Do you want an honest answer to that question? Well, unless and until your father is a geometry professor or your mother has done her PHD in applied math; you shouldn’t really expect any sort of direct help from them in this regard. I’m sure they love you but the reason why they got you a math tutor in the first place is because they couldn’t handle the situation themselves.

Ask them anything about science or your English essay and they’ll give you their honest advice but math falls way beyond their jurisdiction. Here are 5 things they don’t know about math:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Integration
  • How to use a compass
  • Anything which doesn’t involve a calculator

So all in all, I’d say if you are asking them to help you, be sure to get your homework checked by someone more experienced later on. And I wouldn’t even blame them for not knowing, after all maths is a tough subject. Being a parent is even tougher.

If you’ve decided to ask them for help, here is how you do it right:

  • Let them know you really need their help by showing them how bad you’re doing at school or how you’ve been trying so hard. There are two things parents love:
    • Being asked for help.
    • Seeing your honest effort at something
  • If you’re having trouble memorizing a table or solving a complex multiplication question, show them a sample question and give them some time to process it before explaining it to you. Don’t be impatient.
  • Share your test scores with them on regular basis. Keep your parents in the loop, keep them informed so they can provide timely help.
  • If you need a tutor, don’t hesitate. Your parents will try to solve your problem themselves but if you feel like they aren’t progressing at it, you need to ask them politely for outside help.
  • Thank them time and again, and let them know them know if you’re improving. It’ll boost their self esteem.

If you’re a parent, here’s how you help your child the right way:

  • Stay in the loop and try to stay in touch with your child’s teacher.
  • Encourage and appreciate your child.
  • Don’t be hesitant to get them a tutor.
  • Give your child weekly math exercises to test their progress.
  • Check their homework regularly.