Advice to Next Year’s Students

I give my students an end of course survey every year.  One of my favorite questions is advice my students would give to next years students.  I love their responses!  I make a word cloud that I show my new students at the beginning of the next year.

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I also sort their advice by topic, and then print them out for my new students at the beginning of the year.  I let the groups spend some quiet time reading them, and then discuss as a group. Here is what this year’s class said.

Advice for Success in Alg2T: (from last year’s students)

 Summer Delta Math Assignment

  • Do summer work and homework. Go in for help

Delta Math / Homework

  • Always check delta math. There is probably an assignment that you forgot about.
  • Check every day if you have homework or delta math to do.
  • Make sure to do homework so you understand what we are doing in the class!!
  • ALWAYS DO HOMEWORK! It is extremely important and even if you do grasp concepts, go to the help sessions.
  • Do your homework, make one-sheets, do the delta math (this will definitely help!!), and do not be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS!
  • Do your homework, study for tests, don’t stress, one-sheets are your friend, and be nice to Mrs. Reulbach. Good luck!
  • DO THE HOMEWORK AND TALK TO HER AFTER CLASS! it will help a lot! and do not wait until right before the test to seek for help.
  • do your work
  • Make sure you always do your homework, and never fall behind.
  • DO DELTA MATH and homework so you can come into class with questions.
  • Always do your homework and try to keep up with the speed of the class
  • Always do homework.
  • Always do your homework
  • Try hard and do your homework!
  • Do your homework
  • Do your homework
  • Do your homework
  • Do your homework
  • do your homework
  • Do your homework.
  • do your homework kiddos
  • Lots of practice problems

One Sheets

  • Seriously, do your one sheets well and in detail. I told myself I would remember everything and come exam time I forgot so much.
  • Do one sheets thoroughly!
  • Do one sheets!!
  • DO THE ONE SHEETS and do them well!!! They REALLY help with reviewing for the midterm/final exam.
  • Do your one sheets!!
  • Do your one-sheet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Don’t forget one sheets! Even if it isn’t assigned as homework, it will help you for the final exam!
  • Make good one sheets because you want to be able to look back when you don’t remember anything related to the topic and learn how to do it.
  • Use review guides

Keep Up!

  • Don’t get behind
  • Don’t get behind. Ask for help. Actually do the homework.
  • Stay on top of your work
  • Don’t bomb the mini quizzes bc they add up quickly

Math Help

  • Make sure you attend Mrs. Reulbach’s help sessions! They are super helpful!
  • Go to math help and always ask questions if you are confused.
  • go to the teacher when you need help. if you do your homework then that will help you a lot in the class. Never be scared to ask something even if you think it is stupid
  • I guess go to absolutely all the help sessions if you even think for a second that you are struggling and always ask people who understand the material what is going on.
  • If you don’t understand something, ask!
  • Always review and do your work, study and you will be successful.
  • Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Come in with a positive attitude, listen, and have fun. GO TO MRS. REULBACH FOR HELP!!!!!
  • Come to all of the extra help sessions, even if you’re a little late they go a long way.

Pay Attention / Participate in class

  • Make sure you pay attention in class
  • Participate
  • pay attention
  • Pay attention
  • Speak up if you don’t understand something. Ms. Reulbach won’t know if you don’t say you’re struggling
  • Take good notes

 Last Thoughts…

  • Keep everything organized
  • To trust Mrs. Reulbach and trust that you will understand the material she is teaching you.
  • Try to understand not only what, but why this math exists.
  • Do not stress. This class can be challenging sometimes but you just have to give it your best effort. Go see Mrs. Reulbach, do your delta math and don’t overthink anything – think smarter not harder.
  • Its fun, good luck.

Study Guide Kit for Math Tests

I teach 6th and 7th graders.  For most of them, 6th grade is the first time they have ever had to study for any test, much less a math test!  To help them along, I created two things for my students, a “How to Study for a Math Test” checklist and a “Math Test Study Guide” foldable.

  1. Laminate the checklist and then have them create a pocket in their graph notebook to keep it in (so they hopefully don’t lose it).
  2. Assign the study guide for homework a couple of days before the test (it becomes a foldable).
  3. Foldable – Have them fold the study guide and glue it into their notebook once they are completely finished filling it out.  They can decorate the cover if they like.
  4. Have in class and work time math help where we use their completed study guides.

This helps me help them!

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For future tests I only have to print out the study guide.