Rapidly catching up in math (advice?) in General Education Discussion Board Posted June 24 I changed schools mid-year almost every year. Usually within the USA, but a couple times mid-year to another country. If I could just complete 75% of an assignment, I stayed calm. Aiming to prepare a student to be able to do 75% of the math problems is much easier than covering all the non-arithmetic strands that will each be a very small percentage of daily work. Saxon includes a full presentation of the non-arithmetic math problems, and for maybe one or two days gives several problems of that type, and them relegates them to a single problem a day, or even drops them. Personally, I would leave it to the teacher to deal with everything beyond the arithmetic. His strength is the arithmetic. You could actually get him ahead in the arithmetic or at least rock-solid. There is that 80/20 principle. It takes 20% effort to teach 80%, and 80% effort to teach the last 20%. Catch-up is about the 20% effort for 80% scores.