23 Strategies to Help Students Who Have Trouble Solving Math Problems with Multiplication
Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble solving math problems with multiplication? If so, keep reading.
1. Provide the learner with alternative math facts. As the learner shows success, slowly introduce more components of the regular tasks.
2. Select a peer to model how to solve multiplication problems for the learner.
3. Ask the learner a question when they are most likely to be able to respond successfully.
4. Provide information to the learner on a one-to-one basis or use a peer tutor.
6. Talk about and give the learner a list of words and phrases that usually indicate a multiplication operation (e.g., area, each, times, product, double, triple, twice, etc.).
7. Assess the appropriateness of the task to determine (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled for the task is sufficient.
8. Get the learner to use a calculator for drill of basic multiplication facts.
9. Get the learner to check all math work. Praise the learner for each error they correct.
10. Get the learner to practice the multiplication tables each day with a peer using flash cards.
11. Get the learner to be a tutor and teach a concept they have learned to another learner.
12. Get the learner to count by equal distances on a number line. Show that the equal distances represent skip counting, which is the concept of multiplication.
13. Get the learner to independently solve half their multiplication problems each day. Let them use a calculator to address the other half of the task as reinforcement.
14. Get the learner to perform timed drills with multiplication facts as reinforcement. The learner “competes” against their own best time.
15. Get the learner to solve multiplication problems by manipulating objects and stating the process(es) involved.
16. Get the learner to talk through math problems as they solve them to find errors they are making.
17. Get the learner to use a calculator to reinforce the process of multiplication. Get the learner to solve several multiplication problems each day using a calculator.
19. Provide all instructions, questions, and explanations in a clear, concise manner and at an appropriate rate for the learner.
20. Make sure the learner has mastery of math ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.
21. Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.
22. Try gamifying your math lessons.
23. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many math app lists: