Additional Support

Below is a list of additional questions to use when working with your child. These questions do not refer to any particular concept or topic. Some questions may or may not be appropriate for some problems. Click on each topic to view the questions.

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Questions to use when working with your child:

  • What have you been doing in class or during this chapter that might be related to this problem? Let's look at your notebook, class notes, and Learning Log. Do you have them? 

  • Were the other members of your team having difficulty with this as well? Can you call your study partner or someone from your study team? 

  • Have you checked the online homework help?
  • What have you tried? What steps did you take? 

  • What did not work? Why did it not work? 

  • Which words are most important? Why? What does this word/phrase tell you? 

  • What do you know about this part of the problem? 

  • Explain what you know right now. 

  • What is unknown? What do you need to know to solve the problem? 

  • How did the members of your study team explain this problem in class? 

  • What important examples or ideas were highlighted by your teacher? 

  • How did you organize your information? Do you have a record of your work? 

  • Can you draw a diagram or sketch to help you? 

  • Have you tried making a list, looking for a pattern, etc.? 

  • What is your estimate/prediction? 

  • Is there a simpler, similar problem we can do first? 


If your student has made a start at the problem, try these questions:

  • What do you think comes next? Why?

  • What is still left to be done?

  • Is that the only possible answer?

  • Is that answer reasonable? Are the units correct?

  • How could you check your work and your answer?


If you do not seem to be making any progress, you might try these questions:

  • Let's look at your notebook, class notes, and Toolkit. Do you have them?

  • Were you listening to your team members and teacher in class? What did they say?

  • Did you use the class time working on the assignment? Show me what you did.

  • Were the other members of your team having difficulty with this as well? Can you call your study partner or someone from your study team?


This is certainly not a complete list; you will probably come up with some of your own questions as you work through the problems with your child. Ask any question at all, even if it seems too simple to you. 

Consider these additional resources for assisting students with the CPM Educational Program:

  • CPM Parent Guide and/or CPM Extra Practice. This booklet can be downloaded free as a pdf to your computer. At the top menu bar, click on TEXTBOOKS. Then click on your child's textbooks for available resources. Or a printed copy can be ordered for $20 from the CPM Web Store.
  • CPM Homework Help site at http://homework.cpm.org. A variety of complete solutions, hints, and answers are provided. Some problems refer back to other similar problems. The homework help is designed to assist students to be able to do the problems but not necessarily do the problems for them.   Read More...