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How to Improve Math Scores for Kids

     Math is often a tricky subject for a lot of kids and individuals. Formulas, equations, and so many countless concepts can be a lot to remember and figure out. Algebra, geometry, calculus, and any other math-based field of study can be pretty challenging especially compared to other subjects in school. With certain subjects such as history or science, a large portion of it is memorization of key facts, whereas, in Math, application is the name of the game. You can memorize an equation, but knowing it and properly using it to find a solution to a math problem can be two very different things. So just how can kids get help with their math?  They can do it through an unlikely source: coding.      In this blog post, I wanted to share a few ways that computer coding, in particular, can improve kids’ math abilities. Computer programming is accessible to children of all ages, and everyone can benefit from its features. Math is Essential to Coding      The first thing I want to talk a
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