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Does Studying for a Math Test Overwhelm You…Part #2


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.

Also, if you are or you know any young adults that would like some support, please contact me about the Adulting for Young Adult Support Group.

Wishing you a wonderful week!


Sarah Weidman

Is Studying for a Math Test Overwhelming?

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:

  1. Pull out you completed homework. 
  2. Find the problems you answered incorrectly.
  3. Do the problem[s] again or ones similar to it with your notes in front of you even if you only missed one step.
  4. 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!

Do Daily Tasks become Overwhelming when the Project becomes too big?

I’m going to answer this question in one sec!

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).

 Third make 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 bike ride have to do with school?

Hi All,

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….

How do I stay awake to finish my homework?

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.

How do I begin?

Watch this video to learn a simple routine to get you started on even the hardest and most boring homework assignments!

Ooohh!! Are you a 9th or 10th grader that would like some help with accountability? Contact me here. I have a new month long program starting soon to help you stay on top of your work and be held accountable. Contact me for more information.

How to Reflect on a Project or Presentation…

Do you find yourself second guessing yourself after you’ve finished a test, project, or presentation…or sometimes maybe even obsessing about it? Watch this video for a tip on how to reflect after you’ve finished. How do you reflect? Let me know below!