A new study has found that finger tracing math problems may help some students to solve them.
At the University of Sydney, researchers discovered that students who traced over examples with their fingers while simultaneously reading arithmetic and geometry materials were able to complete tasks more quickly than those who did not use the technique.
For example, tracing might be used to touch the angles of a triangle. The researchers believe that this reduces the load on working memory, thus enhancing ability to retain information.
“Our findings have a range of implications for teachers and students alike. They show math learning by young students may be enhanced substantially with the simple addition of instructions to finger-trace elements of math problems,” says corresponding author Dr. Paul Ginns.