So last week…we discussed how to study for a math test to make sure you know you know the information.
This week, I want to give you another technique that I also suggested to my student in studying for a math test.
First, make a chart like the one below: the concepts are running down the left hand side and whatever information you think is important go across the top. I have a few suggested in the picture below:
You’ll notice that I have a “don’t forget to…!” row. So many students say to me, “Oh no, I understand the problem, I just forgot to…” Because math is so detailed and precise if you do forget one little step the whole problem gets thrown off…and again we want to train the brain to catch the mistake and then correct it.
As always, I’m curious to know if you used this technique and how it went for you! If you would like more suggestions for study habits and tips please feel free to reach out.
Two reminders this week! One it is not too late to join our young adult group: Adulting for Young Adults. If you are or know anyone who is a young adult in the Bay Area (we will be meeting in San Francisco) who perhaps had some interesting and unexpected swerves this group might just be for you! Click here for more information.
Also, are you an educator or a parent or maybe both? Curious about the foundations of my work? Gretchen Wegner (my mentor and colleague) is offering the Art of Inspiring Students for this Fall. t is informative, practical, fun and interactive! I invite you to take a look here.
And now to the topic of the day…
Is studying for a math test overwhelming?
Do you struggle with knowing what and how to study for an upcoming test?
One of my students has an upcoming history quiz and calculus test. I asked him which he was feeling more insecure about and he said “Calculus.”
When I asked him, “why?” he said, “Well, because when I do the homework it seems like I got it, but then on tests…I just don’t know.”
Okay, maybe that’s just me.
Pause here for a moment with a (echem) possibly hypothetical scenario here: have you ever sung a song confidently in the shower (or hummed it to yourself) and then decided to sing it at a karaoke party realizing that actually you don’t know the words at all?
But here’s the point: the only way to know if you (or I) know the words to the song before getting to the karaoke party is to actually put practice the words at home (right?).
So similarly, the best way to practice for a test that is to test yourself on the material. Here is a simple way to do that:
Pull out you completed homework.
Find the problems you answered incorrectly.
Do the problem[s] again or ones similar to it with your notes in front of you even if you only missed one step.
Do the problem again without your notes.
*A note about step three: It’s really important to both do the problem with your notes in front of you to make sure you that you are doing the steps correctly and to do it even if you only missed a step [as was the case with my student] because you want train the brain to catch the mistake and correct it.
I’ll be back next week for another math tip. In the meantime if you have any tips or suggestions for how to study for math that have worked for you…or you have any embarrassing karaoke stories that you’d like to share I would love to hear from you!
But first, are you or do you know any young adults 18-26 in the San Francisco Bay Area? Has life given you some surprising turns? I am excited to announce that I will be co-facilitating a young adult support group Adulting for Young Adults with Richard King, M.F.T starting in September in San Francisco. If you would like to know more, please contact me here.
And now on to today’s blog and video post!
Have you experienced that daily tasks become overwhelming when the project gets too big, especially when you’ve been out of the routine for awhile? I imagine a lot of you might be going through this as you start up the school year.
Here are five steps to make the daily tasks seem a little easier…
First,identify your goal. One of my client’s big goals is to have a life/school balance.
Second, write down a list of actionable daily/weekly tasks that will help you reach your goal. Make sure that these tasks are actionable [if someone were to look through the window or listen in what would they see/hear you doing).
Thirdmake the list visible. Put the list of of tasks in a place that you can see them (better yet, hang it in a public place like the refrigerator in the kitchen for greater accountabilty.
Fourth, mark each day (maybe a sticker if you like those) when you do the task.
Fifth, reflect (mentally or written) on your tasks.
Are you tracking them?
Do you need to break the tasks down into smaller bits to make them more actionable?
Do you need accountability or a different kind of accountability?
*Many of my clients prefer an electronic version of their daily tasks. While I am old-fashioned, I do realize we are in 2019. If you decide to make this list electronic, make yourself accountable by sharing the tasks on a google doc or spreadsheet with someone that will help you keep to your goals.
I would love to know! What are your goals this semester? What daily/weekly actions will you take to meet them?
What does a dance party have to do with homework? You’ll see in less than a minute…
But first, do you struggle with starting your homework and then getting distracted?
Or by staring at your screen and worrying about homework while the minutes [and maybe hours] idle away?
Sooo…how do you actually get a break while still getting your homework done? And if staring at a screen is not really rest , then…what is a break?
Rest is anything that gives the brain a break from the task at hand, but allows it to be rejuvenated so that one can easily go back to the task at hand.
Perhaps..energizer might be a better word.
Depending on what state I’m in (tired and drowsy, lethargic, don’t feel like doing anything) or anxious and hyper depends on the type of rest that I might take. It also depends on how much time I have. Here are some ways that I rest for rejuvenation. If I have 15-20 minutes:
Brisk run or walk (I run for 7.5 minutes one way and then back 7.5 minutes. You can also do this with a walk).
Sretching. I exercise a lot and often times my legs are tired. I also sit a lot and like everyone am guilty of typing…so any kind of stretch for my wrist (try kneeling on the ground and then putting your hands on the floor-your fingertips pointing towards your knees-and/or, stretching one finger at a time using the other hand.
Lying on the floor with my legs against the wall or on a couch.
Watercolors. This works for me because I do not consider myself to be *good* at art which helps my brain relax and just go with the flow.
If I have 5 minutes:
Washing the dishes.
A smaller stretch.
Dancing to music. [hence the dance party]
Summer is a great time to brainstorm and practice new rest strategies for during the school year. Once you have your list, you can put it near your work-space.
For the month of August challenge yourself to use one of your rest techniques at least once a day for increments of five minutes. This practice will create muscle memory and add rejuvenation to your day and…your homework.
I’d love to know! What are your favorite ways to rest?
Want accountability for your challenge? Email me! I’d love to know how it’s going.
Watch the video [and/or] read below to learn what steps I take to deal with this phrase. Also! I ask you some questions at the end of the video and at the bottom of this blog. If you are so inclined, I would love to see your comments below!
If you just…
used a calendar
had a system
(fill in the blank)
If you have been told If you just… chances are you are there is a certain amount of stress or struggle around school. You may be so overwhelmed that you don’t even know what the first step is to implement any of the above skills and/or you are so used to a certain pattern that you are in denial that any of the above skills are necessary to make a difference in you stressed out life…
I want to tell you two things:
At least part of your struggle is that you have internalized the voices that tell you you don’t have any of the above skills. IThe truth is, you probably practice at least a part of one of these skills. It doesn’t mean that aren’t gaps, but….
in order to be able to be successful at a skill you first have to stop and celebrate the parts of that skill that you already practice.
I was told I was disorganized over and over again and that all I needed was a “system.” Therefore, I assumed I didn’t have a system and stayed disorganized.
It wasn’t until I moved for the umpteenth time that I realized that I did have a system: I set my space up in the exact same way every time.
My system needed a lot of tweaking for sure (and I have to be VIGILANT about keeping my space clean because it does not come naturally), but first I had to stop and celebrate that indeed I was more organized than I thought I was.
This released a certain story around “failure and organization” allowing my mind to celebrate.
Only then, could I move on to the next question:what in my system needs to be tweaked so that I can feel less stress?
Please answer the following questions in the comments below:
What is the word or phrase that you hear after If you just…?”
What part(s)of that skillset do you already practice?
What needs to be tweaked?
As always if I can be of service please DO reach out.
In the video below you will notice that I am somewhat wet! Some of my greatest A-HA moments are realized while I am on my bike, or doing laps in the pool-or running (very slowly)-and this was no different! This is all about adaptability-how can you change something when the circumstances are not what you want or expected? After watching the video, I would love to hear any questions or any A-HA! moments you’ve had when the circumstances are different than what you wanted or expected….
So many of my students are so exhausted and stressed out when they come home from school..they take a nap and then find themselves up late again finishing their homework. Is that you as well? are In this video I show you a few very short, simple exercises to do before you start (or continue) to do your homework to help re-energize you before starting your homework.
After watching the video I would love to know: what do you do now to help energize yourself when you come home from school? Looking for more study tools and tips? Please feel free to reach out! I would love to talk with you.
Wondering how to prepare for finals? I was working with a student who said that he had so much homework he didn’t have time to study. I get it. It’s hard, as a student, when you are so used to be given a structure [homework] and then have to find your own structure for studying! Watch this video for tips on preparing for finals (and other tests). Then,comment below on how you are taking small active steps to make sure that you are prepared for test day!
Want to make sure that you stay in action? The accountability group may be perfect for you; a facilitated group for 9th and 10th graders in which students hold each other accountable for actions they want to complete throughout the week.
Contact me for more information! Also, I still have room in my Summer and Fall practice! I tend to fill up in October when students are already falling behind. Let’s talk about how we can put organizational and time management systems into place before the school year for a STRESSLESS beginning of the year.
How do you make sure that you are getting done what you have to get done WELL, and in a TIMELY and STRESSLESS manner? Accountability, of course! Watch this video for three quick tips of how to use an accountability partner…
oh and don’t forget to comment below: what task are you trying to complete this week and who will hold you accountable for it?
Questions? Feel free to contact meto inquire about Academic Coaching in the Summer and Fall!