Math Advice

January 9, 2023

Mr. Beckwith, a math teacher, recommended that students start preparing for the midterm early, and said that “you do not have to wait for a review packet. Go over your previous homework, tests and quizzes to see if you can reproduce the correct answers.” He also outlined a strategy for how to study: 

  • Do not wait until the night before to prepare. Make a schedule to study, say 30 minutes a day, every day, the week leading up to the test. For example:
    • 7 days before a test: Study all vocabulary
    • 6 days before a test: Do practice problems, and review any answers you got wrong on homework
    • 5 days before a test: Review the vocabulary briefly. Perform 10-15 practice problems 
  • And so on until the day of the test.

Mr. Beckwith stressed the importance of actively studying. He said, “you need to do more than ‘look over’ notes. Do practice problems, make a reference sheet, create flashcards, try Kahoot, Quizziz, Gimkit, etc. as they often have free assessments to try.” He also noted that working with another student or a small group of students can help with preparation as students can ask each other questions and check their work with feedback in real-time.

“Finally, the night before the test, do not cram but do get a good night’s sleep,” Mr. Beckwith said.

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