1. Overcome negative self-talk.
Learning Styles, Culture & Hemispheric Dominance
An important factor in understanding learning styles is understanding brain functioning. Both sides of the brain can reason, but by different strategies. and one side may be dominant. The left brain is considered analytic in approach while the right is described as holistic or global. A successive processor (left brain) prefers to learn in a step-by-step sequential format, beginning with details leading to a conceptual understanding of a skill. A simultaneous processor ( right brain) prefers to learn beginning with the general concept and then going on to specifics.
People think and learn in different ways. In any group there will always be evidence of different learning characteristics, but different cultural groups may emphasize one cognitive style over another. A. Hilliard describes "learning style" as the sum of the patterns of how individuals develop habitual ways of responding to experience and distinguishes learning styles by considering the holistic vs. the analytic learner
Successive Hemispheric Style
Simultaneous Hemispheric Style
|1. Verbal||1. Visual|
|2. Responds to word meaning||2. Responds to tone of voice|
|3. Sequential||3. Random|
|4. Processes information linearly||4. Processes information in varied order|
|5. Responds to logic||5. Responds to emotion|
|6. Plans ahead||6. Impulsive|
|7. Recalls people's names||7. Recalls people's faces|
|8. Speaks with few gestures||8. Gestures when speaking|
|9. Punctual||9. Less punctual|
|10. Prefers formal study design||10. Prefers sound/music background while studying|
|11. Prefers bright lights while studying||11. Prefers frequent mobility while studying|
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| Food For Thought|
Road to Success
| Sleep & Memory|
Food For Thought
What you eat can affect your mood, memory and clarity of thought. Foods that are slow to digest divert blood from the brain and reduce mental sharpness. A nutrition scientist at M.I.T. recommends tuna to keep mentally alert. A key nutrient involved in conversion to alertness chemicals in the brain is choline, which is found in fish, meats, egg yolks, soy products, oatmeal, rice, peanuts and pecans. Choline, a chemical precursor of the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine can play a major role in memory.
The Pledge of the Math Student in Trouble
Although I think I'm not good at math, the only thing I can't do is nothing. However, I am allowed to
but only if I try my hardest.
1 Write down the "title" of the lesson. If you don't know, ask the teacher.
2 Write down the math problem and each step in the solution using math symbols. Next to each step write down "in your own words" exactly what you are doing.
3 Write down a "question mark" next to anything you don't understand. Ask the teacher to explain the parts where you have written your "question marks". Don't just "let it go" thinking that you will figure it out later. Many times, it doesn't happen.
4 When you get home, before you start your homework, "highlight in color" the titles you have written in your notes. The highlighted information will help to give you the "big picture" of what you are doing.
5 Remember, do all homework problems, not just some of them!
Road to Success
The mighty piramid of stone, that wedge-like cleave the desert airs, when nearer seen, and better known, are but gigantic flights of stairs, the distance mountains, that uprear, their solid bastians to the skies, are crossed by pathways, that appear as we to higher level rise. The heights by great man reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in th night......
Students who study hard all week and party on the weekends may lose a lot of what they learned. Sleep deprivation on critical nights after learning may cause a 30% loss. Carlyle Smith, a professor of psychology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, researched the effects of sleep deprivation on learning by controlling the sleep of students the night they were taught a complex logic game and a list of paired words.
Smith found that when students were tested on paired words a week later there was no learning deficit among the students deprived of sleep, but when tested on a complex logic game, the students deprived of sleep showed a 30% learning deficit when compared to the groups of students not deprived of sleep.
Sleep deprivation the 3rd night after learning had the same results showing a deficit of about 30% for the complex logic game. Sleep deprivation the 2nd night after learning seemed to have no effect.
This means that if you party all night on Friday after a rough week in school you will lose 30% of the learning you acquired on Wednesday and Friday. If you lose sleep on Saturday night, then Thursday's learning is also effected..
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When you might have won had you stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worse,
that you must not quit.
Test Taking Tips for Math You already have a lot of knowledge stored in your memory. The problem is pulling out the correct information when you need it. Picture your brain like a giant filing cabinet full of file folders and the hard part is remembering the headings on the file folders.
You already have a lot of knowledge stored in your memory. The problem is pulling out the correct information when you need it. Picture your brain like a giant filing cabinet full of file folders and the hard part is remembering the headings on the file folders.
|1Know how to distinguish between the various types of problems. This is the hardest part.||6 Do as many problems as you can until you feel comfortable with the material.|
|2 Most math texts have chapter tests at the end of each chapter. Try one problem from each section. Make a note of their differences. Write down the first step to each problem -- this is usually the hardest to remember.||7 In the class session a day or so BEFORE the test, ask the teacher to please point out any major similarities or differences among the various types of problems you will encounter on the test.|
|3 Go back to the section in the text where you are having difficulty. Follow the examples making sure you understand each step. This takes time.||8 Get the phone number of someone in your class who won't mind if you call them with questions.|
|4 Reading a math book is not like reading a novel. It goes slowly. It may take you 20 minutes to go through one example problem.||9 If possible, form a small study group with members from your class and meet periodically during the semester.|
|5 Don't leave preparing for a test to the last minute. Make sure you leave time to ask questions in class AFTER you have studied.||10 Math is a cumulative subject. You REALLY need to understand today's material to understand the material the next day. Ask questions immediately in class as soon as you don't understand anything. Don't just "let it go".|
Rate your answers from 1 to 5; add them up and check your score below.
(1) = Disagree, (5) = Agree.
CHECK YOUR SCORE:
40-50 Sure thing, you have math anxiety. Check my 10 hints on how to reduce math anxiety.
30-39 No doubt! You're still fearful about math.
20-29 On the fence!.
10-19 Wow! Loose as a goose!
|Math anxiety is an emotional reaction to mathematics based on a past unpleasant experience which harms future learning. A good experience learning mathematics can overcome these past feelings and success and future achievement in math can be attained.|
|The Math Student's Pledge|
|1. I will make every effort to attend all class meetings.|
2. I will do all homework assigned, not just some of it.
3. I will take notes writing down all the steps involved to solve a problem including describing the math processes involved in my own words.
4. I will ask questions in class as soon as I don't understand.
5. I will READ all the examples in my math text.
6. I will ask for extra help or seek out a tutor as soon as I don't understand.
7. I will seek out a partner or "study buddy" in my class.
8. I will set aside a specific amount of time to do my math homework.
9. I will BELIEVE in myself.
Student's Math Anxiety Bill of Rights
I have the right to learn at my own pace and not feel put down or stupid if I'm slower than someone else.
I have the right to ask whatever questions I have.
I have the right to need extra help.
I have the right to ask a teacher or tutor for help.
I have the right to say I don't understand.
I have the right to not understand.
I have the right to feel good about myself regardless of my abilities in math.
I have the right not to base my self-worth on my math skills.
I have the right to view myself as capable of learning math.
I have the right to evaluate my math instructors and how they teach./TD>
I have the right to relax.
I have the right to be treated as a competent person.
I have the right to dislike math.
I have the right to define success in my own terms.
Subtraction of Fractions
Division of Fractions
Solving a Percent Application