Sunday, October 04, 2009

Studying for Math Tests

Blach! I'm having an inner cursing and outer cursing with lots of hand gesturing and bad facial expressions weekend as I grade my Algebra 1 tests. This was their first true test on algebra (the other one was on topics they've seen since the womb: positive and negative numbers, fractions, simple graphing). During Friday I'd started grading my 1st set of exams (with inner grumbling and outer professionalism while my 2nd set of kiddies took the exam).

Then before my 3rd class started their exam, I had a quick informal vote: how many people did problems from scratch to study for this test (thumbs up or thumbs down)? How many people started studying before last night? How many people read through their notes? Hmmmm, the number of thumbs down was heart breaking.

Maybe it's an experience they have to go through: horrible test grades to see that they actually have to study. On a positive note, the way their grades are weighted with homework and tests, it doesn't HORRIBLY bring down their grades, but it does lower it (sometimes up to 6% points depending).

With a hope of helping them in the future, I've made up a document that I'm going to hand out to them a week before their next test. It walks through the steps of how to study for a math test. Hopefully, this will work.


  1. That test preparation document is brilliant.

    I have downloaded and will adapt for use with my classes.


  2. Same here! I love your document and will use it in my classes.

  3. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Fabulous! I'm sharing it with my kids as well as putting a link to your post on my blog.

  4. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Yay! I'm glad people found it useful. Use/Alter as needed. I don't know how scribd allows you to download, so if it's not useful, I can send the word document .... Just send me e-mail:

    Ms. Cookie

  5. Ms. Cookie,

    You are awesome!!