Here is a pretty good list of things that has been put together to make the time you spend studying more efficient and effective. And when you are efficient and effective two really great things happen - your grades go up and the time you have to spend studying goes down. Give some (or all) of these a try.
I ran across these two guides and thought they could be of some help and guidance as you and your student begin planning for the academic future.
There are other good sources available on the Internet. Just make sure to look at who is publishing source so you can make a reasoned judgement about the quality of the information provided.
I hope you find these useful.
Here's a crazy idea - a high school recognizes their top ten students and gives them media exposure usually reserved for athletes!
Actually I ran into two different schools that are doing this.
While on our way to our winter break on South Padre Island, my wife and I passed a large billboard on Route 77 with the pictures of the top ten students of Lyford High School. A day or so later there was television advertising time bought by Weslaco High School to recognize their top ten students. You can see a video of the Weslaco kids below.
Though I am a former (very long time ago) college football player, it is my firm belief that there is not enough recognition of the academics, the actual real reason we have schools! These two high schools are doing something special that I wish FBISD would do.
Weslaco High School Top Ten Students
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I have written before about how good note-taking is an important component of being successful (Note Taking Tips). I also have written about my strong liking of the Cornell Note-taking System (Cornell Notes).
The TOPS FocusNotes™ Notebook has pages arranged for the Cornell Note Taking System. The paper is organized with a cue column, a lined note taking area, and a summary section on each sheet. FocusNotes™ come in both pads and spirals. You can get them at Office Depot and Office Max, as well as online from Amazon. Give them a try -- they'll work in all your classes.
If you are taking geometry this year, here are a few tips that can make your year easier. Geometry is really unlike any math you have had before. Much of it is based on logic and visualization.
Different kinds of math require different kinds of skills, and Geometry is definitely logic based. Learning Geometry will help your thought processes and the flow of your problem solving.
Below are some suggestions to help you navigate this math course that is a bit different.
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I have had a rewarding and complete classroom career teaching and coaching mathematics.
Variable Thinking is my way of sharing some of my ideas, tips, and savvy about education and student success with you.
I hope find the comments and articles interesting and useful to both you and your student.