Posted in Awesome Articles, Help Yourself

How to Get it Done!

I hear a lot of excuses in middle school.  Kids are always quick to tell me why they can’t do their homework, why they can’t work on an assignment, or work with another kid.  I often say “Don’t give me an excuse as to why you can’t do something.  Give me an excuse as to why you can get something done”.  What I think these excuses really are is a way to stop yourself from getting the work done.  I thought it might be nice to look at some of those excuses and find a way to stop it in its tracks.

  • “I don’t know where to begin.”–Look for ways to break the assignment down into parts.  Probably, the best way is to look for what needs to be done first.  Then concentrate on second and all of the other parts until the assignment is completed.
  • “There are too many distractions.”–There will always be kids trying to distract other kids.  The trick is to remind yourself that the job, or the assignment, must get done.  Thinking about the bad grade, detention, or other punishment is a good way to stay on task and not let the distractions stop you from getting your work done.
  • “This is easy.”–Many students have told me how easy and quick an assignment will be only to find that they do not get it done in time.  By putting off the work, the work rarely gets done.  It is much better to think of all the free time you will have once the assignment is done and what you will be able to do with that time.
  • “This is boring.”–As I am constantly saying in class, some activities and assignments are going to be boring.  But they still have to get done.  I try to teach all of my students to get into the habit of doing the work first then finding a way to reward themselves.
  • “I don’t think I can do it.”–How do you know until you try?  I am constantly telling students in class, done is better than perfect.  The first step is to complete the task.  If indeed, you can do the assignment or task then a person can go back and perfect the assignment.  If not, well, you completed the assignment.

A person must learn the signs of procrastination and learn to ignore them.

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Posted in Help Yourself, Study Tips

How to Study Better

I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking.  This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability.  I have hit the highlights of the article below.  At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.

  1. A person should learn information in 50-minute increments.  Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school?  That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
  2. Study the most important information first.
  3. Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music.  It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
  4. Try new ways to memorize things.
  5. Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
  6. Take notes.  Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
  7. Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING.  It studying was easy we would all get As!

 

Read the entire article here!

What do you think?  Have any of the above worked for you?  Comment below…

Posted in Help Yourself

Where to Find Help in Math

Need help with math?  No one around to help you?  Have you ever thought about going to the web to find the answer?  Try the following sites below.  Rate the sites below.  Let us know which ones we should try.  If you know of a good site we should try let us know that too!  Happy hunting, er, I mean mathing…

When using these sites for Tutorial use the following guide:

  1.  Look at one video.  Be sure to look up a video that relates to your question.
  2. Take notes on video.  Notes should include step by step instructions. Solve question.
  3. Make sure you understand your notes by finding a similar problem with the one you have.
  4. Solve both your problem and the similar problem.
  5. Check your work.  If both problems are correct to move on to next problem, if not repeat steps 1-5.

Watch Videos:

shmoop

youtube

khanacademy

Look for additional problems here

mathworksheetsland

shmoop

Check your work:

mathway

webmath