Maths is unusual in the extent to which mastering each new topic requires skill and understanding in applying the methods you have already studied.
There are so many ways in which a child can miss out on a key piece of knowledge which is essential to all that follows. Perhaps they were away from school when a topic was introduced. Perhaps they were distracted by circumstances at school or at home. Perhaps the teaching they received was compromised at some stage, for whatever reason.
A small gap in understanding can make the whole of what follows seem confusing and meaningless. If they lose a foothold, even the most able child can be left struggling to catch up, without knowing what it is that they need to learn in order to make it right. This can lead to loss of confidence and disengagement with the subject.
It is never too late to put this right.
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