I've found that math gets easier and more interesting when it connects to an
interest. Kids in Kindergarten and 1st Grade are usually familiar with
"Cookie Monster," and Cookie Monster is an excellent way to illustrate
subtraction, especially when the difference is supposed to be Zero. The
kids have a blast enjoying Cookie Monster's antics, and still learn about
subtraction.

For older kids the issue tends to be just an overload: too many numbers to
juggle, or concepts to grasp. The key here is to break it into simple
steps, rather than just try to add two fractions with different denominators,
take the following steps.

What are the denominators?

What is the LCM of those numbers?

What do you multiply d1 by to get the LCM? Do the same to n1

What do you multiply d2 by to get the LCM? Do the same to n2

Now add the new fractions that you've constructed.

This makes the math much easier, and as they do it over and over again, they start to mentalize the steps and do them automatically.

I think that math is more interesting to a person when it is easier. The key to making math easier is finding someone to explain it to you. This might be a tutor, a book, a teacher, or a computer program. You can also ask specific questions, such as here on enotes.

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