•                                                                                SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS

     

    • KEEP UP with daily assignments – Math is a subject in which one topic builds upon another. You cannot afford to skip or avoid certain concepts in the hopes of waiting for something “easier” to come along and hope to catch up later. DON’T GET BEHIND!

     

     

     

    • DO YOUR OWN CLASS WORK AND HOMEWORK! – DON’T COPY off of someone else and call it “group work”– you will FAIL the test. Also, don’t let others copy off of you – you are not doing them a favor! Prioritize LEARNING more so than grades. If you learn the concepts, the grades will follow…

     

     

    • ASK FOR HELP!  The teacher needs to KNOW if you are “lost”.  Don’t feel “stupid” if you “don’t get it” right away. Seeking help is very respectable. On the other hand, don’t ask about every single problem and expect to be spoon fed. Learning happens when you figure things out and discover for yourself how they work. Find that balance between seeking help and helping yourself.

     

     

    • Make arrangements for tutoring –The guidance counselors can arrange for schedules that match you up with a peer that is good in Algebra (peer tutoring).  Sometimes it is very helpful when concepts are explained one-on-one by a peer who has recently studied the same concepts. Use your resource/flex time productively. A formal peer-tutoring schedule will eventually be established in the Learning Commons during Flex time. Take advantage of this.

     

     

     

    • Use Study Hall time wisely!  Study hall is not meant for socializing,   snacking, and roaming the halls!  If you are struggling in math, GET HELP during your study hall – Mr. Gurgul has per. 7 open if your study hall matches that. Most likely, there are students right IN your study hall that would be more than happy to help you. If another section of Algebra 2 is being taught during your study hall period, feel free to sit in on that class as well.

     

     

     

    •  RETAKE quizzes and tests that were failed the first time around.  Many teachers do not allow this, but Mr. Gurgul DOES!  You must do your part to GET THE NECESSARY HELP FIRST and try again; there is absolutely NO EXCUSE to avoid a retake!  Your old score and new score (only if higher) will be averaged (65 max).

     

     

     

    • Take advantage of all the on-line resources available to you.  If you are struggling with ANY concept whatsoever, all you have to do is Bing or Google the topic and there are thousands of websites and links that will lead you to some understanding of that concept.  A great website that I have found is www.wtamu.edu - just click on “SEARCH” in the upper right, type in “Algebra” in the keyword box and click “search” again; scroll down to “Virtual Math Lab” or “Intermediate Algebra Tutorial”. YouTube is also a TERRIFIC source for help – there are videos on just about any math topic.

     

     

     

    • BE ORGANIZED! At the end of each unit, a list of papers to keep will be posted on my webpage – others can be purged (thrown away). This is called the Portfolio and will gain you points on the final exam at the end of the year as well!

     

     

     

    • FINAL NOTE:  This may be the most challenging course you have ever had (maybe not). Look at it as an opportunity to exercise the limits of your brain and your intellectual capabilities. Try not to get frustrated and always be POSITIVE!      Good luck!