Helpful Tips

5 Easy Tips on How to Study for Math

1. Practice, Practice, Practice: Unlike other subjects, studying for math involves more than just reading information. Studying for math involves actively doing math problems. The more problems that you practice, the more familiar you will become with the steps to solve.

2. Flashcards: Create flashcards for any formulas or vocabulary that you need to know for the topic. This will help you memorize those important formulas or terms when test time comes

3. Brain Dump: Write down all the information that you can remember about one topic on a sheet of paper. This will help you categorize information so that you can see not on the small picture but the big picture as well.

4. Walk Away: Yes, you read that right! Walk away when you are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, giving your brain a break will help you start fresh and may help you recall information that you could not otherwise due to being overwhelmed.

5. Study With a Friend: Sometimes study groups will help you learn information that you may not have known before. Learning from others may present new strategies for solving problems that you did not otherwise consider.

Use music or videos to help students remember important information. Remember this old song that helped you remember your 3 times tables.

Create a Virtual Learning Schedule At Home

2020 has presented families and students with many educational challenges. One of those challenges includes managing virtual learning while at home. Here are some suggestions for developing a virtual learning schedule for you child:

  1. Know your child's school schedule including class periods and breaks.

  2. Plan fun activities for you child during their breaks, whether it is a fun online game, physical exercise, or solving fun puzzles.

  3. Build in time for homework completion and extra studying. Remember, just as students had homework in the physical learning setting, the virtual learning schedule may present students with a challenge because they have the mindset that once they are off screen with the teacher, there is nothing more to do. Keeping the same routine as if they were in the physical setting, such as completing homework or studying after school is over, will keep them in the mindset to excel academically.

  4. Involve your child in creating their virtual learning schedule. If students feel like they have a say in their schedule, then they are more apt to invest in it and stick to it even if you are not at home with them.

  5. Schedule a day once a week where you check your child's assignments to make sure that they have completed all their work assigned by their teachers. In addition, schedule a reward time for when they have completed all their assignments. This will set expectations for your child and encourage them to continue to complete their assignments in the future.

  6. Most importantly, print out the virtual schedule for your child to visualize daily. Display it somewhere prominent in your home, such as on the refrigerator, and review it with them daily so that they remember and get used to the routine.

How Do I Know When My Child Needs A Math Tutor?

  1. Your child becomes frustrated with math assignments.

  2. Your child's math grades are declining.

  3. Your child was once excited about math, but looses interest.

  4. Your child's confidence in their math abilities declines.

  5. Your child silently struggles without asking for help.