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There is a myth going around that studying for math is not possible or needed… newsflash folks this is NOT true. Math is a subject that cannot be learned in the same way as english or social studies. Here are a few simple steps to prepare and ace your next math exam.

  • Get’er Done: Math needs to be practised. After a lecture or class practise the material you have learned. This is a subject that is not about memorization, instead it is all about application.
  • Ask yourself “How”?: A crucial part about studying for math is learning not just just memorize formulas but be confident in understanding how they work and applied in specific situations/problems.
  • Ask Questions: This is a subject that can be really frustrating when you get stuck on a concept. Sometimes it can be difficult to grasp an idea and rereading the example problems repeatedly is not going to help. To simply solve this problem ask questions. Make note of the topics you’re having difficulty with and give yourself enough time before the exam to ask questions on how to solve these problems.
  • Study With Others: Having a study group for math can be extremely helpful. Hearing others perspectives can be a fantastic tool to learn a new concept. Additionally, other members in the group may have difficulty with a topic that you understand, therefore you can use your knowledge to teach them. Teaching someone else a concept is a very powerful way of testing your own knowledge.

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Test anxiety is a terrible feeling. Especially when you have prepared for your test and then due to anxiety you blank on the exam and do worse than you should have. Here are 5 tips to reduce your test anxiety or over time make it disappear altogether.

1. Prepare: If you have a test coming up, give yourself the proper amount of time to prepare so that you are not cramming and can learn the information needed.

2. Get A Good Night's Sleep: Staying up all night before your exam does no good for yourself or your grades. The night before your exam give yourself time to destress before bed and go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

3. Wake Up A Few Minutes Earlier And Read Your Notes: The morning is one of the best times for memorization. Set your a...

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We have all done it. At first it seems as though your test is ages away, you have plenty of time to prepare… now is the time to become a couch potato and binge watch Netflix in your comfy jammies. However it is not long until you realize that test is only a few days away and suddenly panic mode sets in and you know endless nights of studying and spending way too much money on Starbucks coffee to make it through is the only option. But my friends there is no need to despair there are ways to escape this seamless never ending cycle… and psstt… I have a secret you may even be able to enjoy more Netflix because of these tips.

  • Make A Study Date with YOURSELF: Just like making arrangements to see a friend make a daily appointment with yourself for designated study time. It will make you more likely to get studying done if you have arranged a specific time.

  • Create Study Rules: Hold yourself accountable for your study behavior. Make a list of rules to act as incentive to get your studying done. For ex. Make a rule that you have to study uninterrupted for 15 minutes and then you can have a break.

  • Don’t Think Of Studying As Miserable: 
Instead of begrudging studying make it as enjoyable as possible. Grab a spot on a comfy couch, go to a new coffee shop, put on some good tunes, or even light a scented candle. Whatever it takes for you to become comfortable and motivated to get your work done.
  • Actively Study: When reading material for class, highlight information or make notes as you go. It saves study time in the future. Also when you write something down it is more likely to be committed to memory.

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post wrote a column last month on American elementary schools "holding back" some students who may be ahead of the class in many ways. One example of "holding back" is when an elementary school teacher didn't want a fourth grader to be in her "high-level" class because he didn't finish his homework regularly. Another teacher did something similar with a gifted math student who found elementary school-level problems boring.Often times, we get tutoring leads because students are behind in class and cannot understand the material they are learning. But tutoring can also help students who are ahead of the curve enrich themselves -- and brush up on their study skills. Remember, if your child is like some of the s...

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It is the start of a new school year with new hopes, dreams, and aspirations. With the right attitude this can be a wonderful year. To achieve this students have to be motivated, work hard and study hard. Parents have to start relationships with their children's teachers and school and develop partnerships that are conducive to success. Here are some other strategies you can use to make sure you have a wonderful school year.First, attend all your classes. When you attend class you will be able to ask questions and practice new concepts. It will also give you a good idea on the topics you need to study. If you have to miss class, ask your teacher for the notes and any homework that you missed. It may also be helpful to ask your classmates...

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There are several websites that provide free printable websites for students. Some of these websites are free, while others charge a fee. These websites cover all academic subjects, grade levels and academic abilities. Many educators use these worksheets to enhance learning. However, I have listened to several educators of special needs students, who would like to use the available worksheets, but have difficulty find worksheets that are geared towards special needs students.I felt the need to do some research and identify websites that offer worksheets for special needs students. Here are my findings:1. http://autismeducators.com This website provides colorful, interactive worksheets and teaching guides for all subjects and all grade le...

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Today, I am presenting a list of interactive websites for special needs students. These websites cover topics like art, life skills, books, writing, health and fitness.http://www.powershow.com on this website students can create their own slideshows, videos, backgrounds, charts and diagrams using PowerPoint. http://www.artsconnected.org This interactive website allows the students the freedom to explore the tools used by artists and use them to create their own works of art.http://www.crayola.com On this website students can draw, using a feature called Digi-Color which allows them to select their drawing tools and colors and use them to create pictures. They have the option to print the pictures when they are done. http://tarheelreader....

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Recently, while listening to the news, I heard two reports of teenagers who posted inappropriate information on social media and are facing the consequences for their actions. I believe that they are both scared, and regret posting the information. Unfortunately, they were exposed and cannot go back and just take it down.There are many individuals who believe that they can post whatever they want on social media. They contend that they have the right to do and post as they like. However, this right is only justified if it does not affect or cause harm to others. If posting on social media has a negative effect on someone else then, there may be consequences for the person who made the post.So, be careful what you post; because you find s...

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At Study Sparkz, we're looking forward to another great start to the new school year. Some districts in the D.C. area like Loudoun County, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland already started school last Monday, August 31. Other school districts like Fairfax County, Virginia will start school next Tuesday, right after the Labor Day Holiday.We're also really pleased to be featured in the Washington Post's On Small Business section last Thursday. Click here to check it out. In the article, you can read some of the new and exciting things we are planning on doing in the weeks and months ahead.Even though we are growing rapidly, we have no intentions on becoming a less personable company. So please be assured that we will always be focus...

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