Studies have shown students learn best when they are active rather than passive learners (Spikell, 1993).
Three practices that are a regular part of the traditional mathematics classroom and cause great anxiety in many students are imposed authority, public exposure and time deadlines.
Although these are a regular part of the traditional mathematics classroom cause great deal of anxiety. Consequently, there should be more emphasis on teaching methods which include less lecture, more student directed classes and more discussion.
Parents should show their children how numbers are successfully used by them in positive pleasant ways, such as in cooking, sewing, sports, problem solving in hobbies and home repairs.
Math must be looked upon in a positive light to reduce anxiety.