Correct Those Exams!

Some of the best preparation takes place after the exam.  Why?  Because good test takers review the exam and correct their answers so that they understand where they went wrong.  When students score lower than an 85%, experts recommend that they retake the test.   "When you increase your students' positive feelings toward math, you unlock their brains' math-blocking filters, and promote long-term memory," states Judy Wills, former neurologist and middle school teacher. 


  Best Math Websites

We've reviewed some of the best websites out there for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

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How to Study Math 

A recent Gallup poll asked students to name their most difficult subject.  Not surprisingly, mathematics topped the list.  Why is math so challenging for so many kids?  The answer is that it requires two very important abilities – patience and perseverance. 


It is also the sole subject that is nearly 100 percent cumulative.  Students must have a strong foundation in order to be successful.  In the elementary years a child has to have a clear understanding of our place value system in order to add, subtract, and multiply large numbers.  The basic skills, such as addition, provide the framework for understanding multiplication.  Fractions and decimals lay the groundwork for ratios and percentages.  It is the ability to reason through multi-step word problems that helps middle school students find success in math.  However this is precisely when many youngsters start to lose ground – in the middle school years. 


Check out my article on learning math here.

Wishing you and your family happy holidays,

Ann Dolin, M.Ed., President, Educational Connections Inc. 

 Technology:  How Much is Too Much?

Some studies have indicated that computers and cell phones are distracting students and negatively impacting brain development.  Dr. Michael Rich of Harvard Medical School states that kids' brains "are rewarded for not staying on task but for jumping from to the next thing.  The worry is that we're raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently."  Read on for two excellent articles on this compelling topic: Growing Up Digital - Wired for Distraction and How to Achieve a Healthy Digital Diet.




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