Who's Fault? _ Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.
Provide useful math worksheets: Several free math worksheets are available online. Parents can download and provide these to their children as working on these worksheets surely improves their skills. Parents can also encourage them to practice these worksheets repeatedly. It is one of the convenient ways to brush up your knowledge on a particular topic.