As a math tutor for 15 years, I have tutored hundreds of students from all the grade levels. I found most of the students were not comfortable with mathematics. More than 80% of them said, "the mathematics is very hard." Why do most of the students find mathematics a hard subject and try to avoid it? The answer for the above question is hidden in a simple example. I always give the example of stairs to my students, and giving the same example in this article. I compare the steps of a staircase to the concepts in mathematics. As this is very hard to reach higher floors of a building without stairs (or elevators these days), same way learn higher concepts in mathematics without learning basic concepts is very hard.

So what's a concerned parent/teacher to do? It really requires evaluating what's available in 5th Grade Math Worksheets that have attempted to move to the next level in education and engagement. When's the last time that you wanted to spend more time doing something you hated and dreaded? Top that off with seeing no reason for the chore you so dread in the first place and you have a complete and total recipe for disaster.

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