What Can I Do to Help My Child with Math When I Don't Any Myself?

Education & Textbooks, Parenting & Families, Reference

By Tahir Yaqoob

Publisher : New Earth Labs (Education and Outreach)

ABOUT Tahir Yaqoob

Tahir Yaqoob
Dr. Tahir Yaqoob is an astrophysicist, and obtained a BA in physics from the University of Oxford, England, and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Leicester, England. He has over a quarter of a century of experience in tutoring and mentoringin math and physics across the ent More...


Success in mathematics is critical at every stage of a student's educational journey at school. Parents are  eager to know how they can help their children with math, but express concern that they are already overstretched with work, family, and other commitments.

Many parents also feel that they have themselves forgotten all but the most elementary math that they learned in school, and simply do not have the time to learn it all again. There is thus a sense of guilt and frustration, but this is really unfounded because there is no precedent for being able to recall much of the math covered in school if it has not been used for years. You may be surprised, despite being an overworked parent "with a life," by just how much you can do to help your kids with math, without having to learn all the material again yourself. In this book, I have written down what I have learned from over a quarter of a century of experience with tutoring and mentoring students in math. I will show you how you can help your kids improve their performance in math (from 1st grade all the way up to 12th grade) in a multitude of different ways, including mastering critical exam preparation techniques. I place emphasis on building intuition as a pivotal foundational factor for success in math that also has lifelong benefits.  I also cover how to get affordable tutoring help, and how to best leverage a limited tutoring budget. My hope with this book is that, without having to relearn all the math yourself, you will be empowered enough to make a significant difference to your child's success in math. The book is now also available in eBook format.

NOTE: Read the entire book for free if you are an Amazon Prime Kindle owner (borrow with no due date). This book grew out of parents of students asking me questions along the lines of the title of the book. Finally I was able to get it all out and I hope it will empower parents with the confidence that there is a lot that they can do without having to relearn all of the math(s) that they might have forgotten.

"Dr. Yaqoob has years of tutoring experience and it shows. He takes math-concerned parents by the hand and shows them how they can help their child with math. Concepts that parents never quite `got' or barely remember are grist to the mill. Practical help for the parent with no time!"
-Prof. Barry McKernan (former student), City University of New York (CUNY), and American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

“Stating that helping doesn't mean knowing all the answers yourself, Tahir Yaqoob offers simple advice to help their children grasp their homework at any level, whether it be long division or calculus. "What Can I Do" is a worthy consideration for any parent seeking ways to help their children succeed in school.”
-Midwest Book Review

"Given the title of this book, one wouldn't perhaps expect an enjoyable read. However, Dr Yaqoob manages to write in a humourous and down-to-earth style whilst still imparting highly useful advice and mathematical know-how."
Amazon (UK) reviewer (Ceki2474)

"The plain English used in the book is great for those of us who are intimidated by a subject that was never our strongest. 
Yaqoob is the teacher we all should have had."

Amazon (US) reviewer (John)

"I have to agree with other reviewers that older children and teachers would also benefit from reading and absorbing the information given. 
Although the book is written for the American market, it translates easily into 'UK speak' and the language of maths (in the crib sheet section of the second half) is universal."
Amazon (UK) reviewer (ali2011)