Published at Saturday, 28 November 2020. Worksheets. By Pierretta Lacombe.
In my first year of teaching and for many years that followed, I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing my own first day of school handouts. I thought it was the "hook" that students needed. I thought that teacher dominated discourse represented learning. But it really wasn not. It was actually a cover up for understanding the true purpose of what a good handout actually is all about.
Do homework regularly and practice each concept on a regular basis. Some students face difficulties and without solving these, they move on to other topics. Hence, they cannot make out any topic properly and end up with a bad experience. It is thus advisable to understand math concepts step-by-step and solve problems repeatedly. Start test preparation much before exams to get a better result. Students should have adequate time in their hand to revise the entire syllabus thoroughly. Math is that kind of subject which cannot be grasped in a hurry. Students should revise each math topic at their own pace. They can download several math worksheets online and practice these to get proficiency on each topic.
ALEKS, my personal favorite, uses artificial intelligence software to routinely assess what a student actually knows, reinforce the areas that they need extra help in, and moves them through a pie chart of skills with interactive lessons and explanations that students view along the way. Periodically, new assessments are given and the software individually redesigns the material that your student needs to learn to tailor a math course that is unique to each student. Rather than having chapter tests, students work to complete the entire pie chart. The course is complete when the student has 100% mastery, so the foundation of skills is very strong when a student completes the course. In any math program, students should also practice self-checking and use a Critique System for evaluating their personal problem areas, but with regular evaluations such as these and solid online math programs, students can significantly change the way they feel about math, as well as their skill in math. Online math is an excellent option worth considering, certainly for home-schoolers, but also for any students who want to brush up on skills over the summer.
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