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New Study Shows Link Between Maths and Physical Pain Causing Parents to Seek out Perth Maths Tutors


PERTH, Australia, December 2012 – Maths hurts. Literally. A study conducted by the University of Chicago has found that maths can activate the part of the brain which is responsible for an individual experiencing physical pain and visceral threat detection*, which means they actually feel physical pain. According to the researchers, the more anxious an individual is about maths, the more neural activity triggering feelings of pain is observed. It is the anticipation of doing maths that causes the most pain.

Teaching Manager at Perth maths and English tutoring company NumberWorks’nWords Janice McGuire says, “Maths can be painful for students in both primary and secondary education who aren’t confident in their mathematics skills. They might not understand but they’re too scared to put their hand up and ask for help, and often when they do ask for help the teachers simply repeat the same information in a way that doesn’t apply to their learning styles. The students then start to feel as though there’s something wrong with them, instead of with how they are taught.”

A student using this Perth maths tutoring service has overcome the painful anxiety about mathematics with the support of his individual tutor. “I know that it’s only early days but I have already noticed an improvement, not only with his mathematics, but also in his overall attitude towards all his school subjects. He even said to me just last week that he likes Maths now,” says mum Anne S.

The after school maths tuition classes are uniquely designed to suit each child’s need. An initial assessment is conducted before students start their tuition classes to uncover their learning style, the current level of their abilities, the areas where they are having difficulty and then used to set maths tutoring objectives for that individual student.

Maths skills play a vital role in the learning of all subject areas, the child’s future career development, and their financial understanding later in life. Although there are children who ’get it’ easily, and there are those who no matter how much attention they pay, they just don’t understand – NumberWorks’nWords is able to strengthen their maths skills and improve their confidence in the subject – eliminating the pain of maths.

Parents can book their children for a free assessment at this leading Perth maths tutoring company at


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