Mathematics is among the most cumulative of academic areas. The learner must constantly integrate new and more sophisticated skills and concepts into a network of math knowledge. In order for students to progress to more complex mathematical tasks, a portion of math knowledge must become automatized. As basic abilities (such as producing addition and subtraction facts) become automatic, the learner is able to operate more effectively on higher mathematical levels. Such levels include the use of math procedures (such as the steps for long division and the rules for multiplying fractions), the building of math concepts (such as ratio and proportion), and the process of problem solving (as in math word problems). To look more closely at the challenges of math, click below: