The XYZ’s of Math

originalAs math tutors we will often ask new students if they know of or can provide an example of a particular concept. Usually the response is a resounding no. So when we start to demonstrate an example, then some students perk up and can actually can articulate some knowledge about how to solve the problem.

Some may say well yes that is because you are only asking students who attend tutoring and thus are behind in math skills. This is actually not the case. As we have a variety of students at different levels of mathematical maturity this is a common thread. If you are parent with a student 6th grade or older give them a verbal quiz.

What is an integer?

What is a factor?

What is a divisor?

If your student has trouble explaining these concepts or at the very least cannot provide and example then they have a math gap.

So what is this gap? Math Vocabulary!

This is not anyone in particular’s fault. As it goes math is primarily number intensive. This leaves students with the sense that the names and definitions just aren’t as important as knowing how to solve the problem. While yes solving the problem is important, we strive for our student’s at Math Corner to have balance. Not only should they know how to solve the problem, they should also be able to interpret meaning, give examples, explain why certain methods are better than others. Students who do not have this balance will often under perform when it comes to standardized tests such as ACT and SAT.

Since we discovered so many students with this same gap we decided to create a workshop/seminar to give students tools and techniques to study math vocab.

Will the students spend an hour and half making FlashCards?     NO!

We at Math Corner have been researching various techniques, methods and games to make the study process an inviting  possibly fun exercise. We will be sharing these methods with your student and giving them a chance to try them out and see what works for them. Also we will be giving them a list of vocabulary they should know for their grade level, so they can get to work using these techniques right away to increase their math fluency.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop please click the link below.

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Look out End of Course results on their way

End of Course exams are the replacement graduation requirement to the proficiency exam. There are two separate math portions called Math 1 and Math 2.

We have been spending a lot of time in the past year focusing on student preparation for the new End of Course Exams including launching our EOC Prep Program / Bootcamp and more.  This upcoming year EOC prep will begin in October to ensure students are solid on 1st semester material without having to rush.   Results should be appearing on students’ infinite campus this week and mailed results will come out later this month.  To access the results on infinite campus follow the below instructions.
1.  Login to Infinite Campus and choose the appropriate student from the tab (if more than one CCSD student)
2.  Click the Academic Progress tab on the left toolbar
3.  For grade information, click Semester 2 tabs for Algebra and Geometry respectively (if there’s no Geometry tab, it will be located in a more general Mathematics tab).  The survey needs second semester grades for both classes.
4.  On the same Academic Progress tab, look further down for Test Requirements which should contain a tab for EOC Math 1 and Math 2 (separate tabs).  Clicking the plus sign will show the data if available (this years scores may not yet be available).  Please note the Scaled Score and level for each.