Summer is over. Prep. Matthew. Three small words that terrified more high school students than any slasher movie. But despite the best efforts, the second time, so many summer school students-about half, according to published reports-fail to pass maths. How can you help your student pass their summer math class and pave the way for greater academic achievement during the regular school year? Based on my more than 30 years of experience as a high school math teacher, here are some steps that will motivate even the most “I-so-don’t-get-math” math students to ace algebra, geometry or even pre-calcin summer school. It is not science for rockets.click more info Cambridge University Summer School in Farringdon
1. Seat in the front line. It sounds simple but research has shown that* students are more attentive at the front of the room.
Students in the front row tend to take more notes-and more precise, more comprehensive notes-leading to better comprehension, better study materials and, eventually, better grades.
Teachers are human-they respond best and spend more of their time helping students who communicate with them and you make more visual contact when you sit up front. (Insert a smile.) 2. Organize yourself (or help your child organize themselves).
Set up a quiet place to work or study, either at home or in a library, or in any quiet place before you arrive at your first class (although some students study better with music).
Have everything in one spot-either a homework binder or a homework journal, exams, answers, questions, classwork, everything else.
3. Be prepared.
Don’t take what I call “compound ignorance” to college-you don’t know what you don’t learn. Know what you don’t know until class one.
Don’t throw away those old things. You can feel like they’ve defeated you, but now these old textbooks, notes, exams, assignments, teacher comments, can really help. Get a good sense of what you find simple and you’ve been dealing with. Go with a written list of the problem areas to your first class, and present them to the teacher. (Your teacher thinks it helpful!) 4. Write your textbook on maths. Hey, just read it out! You read chapters of your English and Social Studies before you ask the questions, don’t you? I notice that many mathematics students, even those who pay attention, ask good questions and take notes, frequently go straight to the assigned problems on page 43, without bothering to do the assigned reading on pages 37-42. That’s one error. The text is structured to go through the process step by step, and is a vital framework for what you’ve learned in the classroom.
5. Attend regularly. Summer school is fast; in just weeks you can cover the same material that you worked on for months during the regular school term. If you don’t take a class every day, you won’t be able to make up the work. And don’t miss out on tasks! Math builds on itself. If you have had trouble with today’s lesson, it will be harder tomorrow! To fall behind-even a little-is now deadly.