Mathematics Tips for Southern Hemi-sphere schools.
For Northern Hemi-sphere Replace January with August etc.
Its Summer time, the weather is hot, and it’s a great time to read, relax and to prepare for the year ahead. See your year in your mind and you will live that year in your life. But everyone needs a little help to plan and to visualise. Here are some tips that may be the difference between a good year and a Great Year.
Firstly, read motivational material, the following are only a small selection of some of the excellent works available.
“Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz Publisher Pocket. ISBN 0 671 82970 X
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” Stephen Covey, The business Library
ISBN 1 86350 0294.
“Piece of Mind” – Sandy MacGregor Calm P/L
“Students Steps to Success” Sandy MacGregor Calm P/L ISBN 0 646 192183
Having read your fill, focus on your goals.
The Cool Math Guru has the belief that:
Don’t limit your horizons when success is to be had simply by the act of having faith in your own unlimited abilities. However, everyone from the Captains of Industry, the leaders of Nations right through to the humblest of lives need motivation on a daily basis. If you have the time and the resources then you might consider enrolling in some of the exceptional motivational courses being offered in your country.
Two Quotes are worth remembering:
“85% of 6 year olds have good self esteem and think they’re good learners.” “16% of 16 year olds have good self esteem and think they’re good learners.”
“90% of children in year 6 now will be working in jobs, the technology for which, has not yet been invented.”
Here at RobertOMath, we recognise that motivation and the elevation of the child’s self esteem are the vital links to success in school and the ability to achieve your goals in later life. We do this by a program of praise and encouragement.
School listening skills. The most effective study is done in the school classroom, with your teacher. If you, the student, are able to empathise with your teacher, its amazing how much you can learn at school, without having to resort to many hours of out of school study.
Real listening skills are very hard to cultivate, a good trick is to be writing or doodling whilst you are listening to the teacher. Use felt tip pens to make your doodling more vivid and if you have a special doodling book you will be able to translate your main points to your notes at the end of the lesson or at home that same night.
In the modern classroom there are many distracters that are the thieves of your valuable time. Avoid sitting with your best friends, as this will only encourage you to talk and to communicate during the lesson. Remember, if you are in communication with others whilst the teacher is teaching then you are not learning and you are wasting the most valuable time of the day.
A point of clarification is in order. There are many different types of lessons. For instance, an English lesson may take the form of a class discussion out of which a mind map is drawn to answer an essay topic. Active participation in these lessons is invaluable training for later life. Express a point of view and defend it with logic and passion, even express a contrary view to your own belief and see how hard it is to defend such a proposition. Listen to other peoples points of view, respect their belief, and challenge them if you hold a contrary view, again, this type of learning is an invaluable part of life skills that are taught by gifted teachers. It is most important that you make every effort to support your teacher when such lessons are programmed, if the lesson runs as planned every student will receive enormous benefit.
There are many other types of lesson that make up effective teaching. Common sense will generally dictate the response that will bring you the student the best result. In real life situations, the most successful people are the ones that develop extraordinary communication skills. Every lesson in the school situation is teaching you a different part of communication, enjoy the experience and make the most of your opportunities.
Irrespective of the lesson type, at school or at tuition, we know that
your success in life is limited only by the power of your imagination;
enjoy your journey to adulthood secure in the knowledge that whatever your goals, they are achievable by you.
Efficient organisation is often the difference between success and failure at school, university and in business. Study time should be study time, not time lost in frustration searching for material or trying to clear a workspace on your desk.
Theory books for all subjects are great assets. These books should contain a bare outline of all the topics to be studied in summary form and direct the student to where further information on the topic can be found if needed. In mathematics your theory book could be classed as a formula book. In essay writing subjects that may be included are mind mappings for different topics.
Each school day is not complete until the notes generated for that day have been collated and filed. Develop a day sheet to keep track of routine tasks and special requirements for the day: a day planner is an excellent idea. Many students achieve lower rewards than they deserve simply because their effective study time has been lost because of frustration caused by poor organisational skills.
Organisational skills are a state of mind and there are simple techniques that can be taught in a one day seminar that can change a C student into an A student and in the process actually reduce the number of study hours required.
When studying at school the Law of the Farm applies, you cannot expect to reap in the autumn if you have not prepared the ground and sown in the spring. In fact the same rule applies to life. March is the spring of your academic year and good results and the time to sow.
Study to achieve goals, don’t set a goal to study mathematics or English for say two hours, but rather set yourself a goal to learn say trigonometry formula etc. Make the study sessions aggressive; test yourself by writing down what you have learnt at the end of the session. See “Study Tips” on the web site.
Examination Preparation and Technique
Note: An examination is a performance, it doesn’t matter how much you know, if you can’t perform on the day you won’t pass.
Bearing this in mind, it is better to have a free night prior to any examination so that you are refreshed and relaxed on the day.
On the examination day itself avoid any activity that causes stress, anything that you don’t know now doesn’t matter.
At the exam.
(1) Always enter the examination room in a positive frame of mind. Make sure that your physiology reflects your attitude. (Walk into the room as though you are the one.)
(2) Read the examination paper thoroughly and focus on each question. Read the paper through at least four times.
(3) The fourth reading should be after the examination has started and at which time you should mark the paper with any relevant information that springs to mind. (e.g. formulae, questions to do first, hints etc.)
(4) Decide on the order of answering the paper, starting with the easiest question first.( Don’t waste any time on a question that is causing you undue difficulty, leave it and come back to it at the end of the exam if time permits.)
(5) Mark of each question on the examination after it has been done. Use some code to mark questions that have been completely done, which can’t be done, and those ones that you have left to return to.
(6) Use all the time allowed for the examination.
(7) If you are stuck on a question write down something, try and experiment with the given information, draw a good diagram if a diagram is required. Let your pen do your thinking.
In the Southern Hemisphere June is the start of winter and the middle of the school year. This plan would apply to December in the Northern hemisphere where the school year runs from August to June.
Because it is the middle of the year the student is comfortable with the grade level that he/she is studying, if they have started High School by now they feel that they are part of high school and know exactly what is expected of them this year.
In nautical terms they are now sailing in calm waters with a strong wind billowing their sails or if we use an aeronautical analogy, they are operating on Auto-pilot. Great progress is being made and much of the heavy work of the school year is done in this period. However, there is also danger in the waters (or air), and the whole year could be lost if the student doesn’t use this month to consolidate and prepare for the final yearly examinations rapidly approaching.
To fully understand consolidation the student should look at our free download on Study Tips. Relevant questions should be asked and addressed, viz
“Do I have all my study notes organised and summarised so that they can be accessed and used efficiently for the study periods ahead?”
“Have I settled into a regular and efficient pattern of study that provides, as well as study requirements, a good healthy balance so that I still have time for exercise, physical activities and a healthy social life?”
“What are my strengths? Where are improvements most needed?”
“Am I clear on my goals? Have I imaged success in my mind and am I confident of achieving my desired outcomes?”
A common saying today is “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”, it is true while you are reading this no matter how long ago it was written, and it is true every time this trite expression is used. But it is a powerful thought, remember, every minute of every day you are creating your future in your mind.
Be mindful of June, enjoy your time, life is such a wonderful experience that will be enriched by your strong positive attitude.
Winter is at its peak, so too should be your study output. Dr Stephen Covey* has often alluded to the “Law of the Farm” in his literature and speeches, in simple terms he states that you cannot reap in the autumn (fall) if you have not prepared in the spring. In June we looked at a number of questions that you could ask yourself to see if you are indeed on track for the result that you want.
As a school child you are not yet Master of the Universe, but you are certainly Master of your destiny with regards to the results that you can achieve. Like many before him, and certainly like many to follow, Robert Ollis and his team appreciate that every child has the spark of genius within them, it is part of everyone’s genetic code. To find it you must first assume that it is there and then begin and continue to act as though you are a genius.
Assuming success is part of every great sporting coach’s armoury when preparing individuals or teams, it is the “secret” behind the rapid expansion of NLP, it is the weapon of the hypnotist, it is there for you to own as you carve out your own destiny.
If you peruse some of the English, ESL or mathematics material on this website you will find ways to simplify the leaning process, and you will suddenly realise that the term “genius” belongs to you as much as it belongs to every student.
Robert O has already emphasised many times his main philosophy that:
- love to learn
- love success
- are adaptable
- want more information
- have unlimited powers to achieve
We also fully stress that any person (student or adult) will only achieve at the level that they realistically expect to achieve.
Enjoy your time, life is the greatest adventure of all
* Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. This analogy appears in his most popular book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Managing at School.
The aim of these notes is to help make you a successful and therefore happy student. What you need to have is a systematic approach to your whole study regime.
Homework is generally set to give you an opportunity to summarise the work done in the classroom and to gain experience in researching your own data, a very important aspect of learning in the new millennium. Homework marks are factored into all assessments for your yearly results.
Process to follow:
1.When the teacher gives you homework always write it down straight away in your homework book.
2. When you arrive home from school have a short break, get some exercise if possible and maybe a healthy snack. Be mentally prepared to attack your homework with enthusiasm, otherwise there is little value in time spent.
3. Take short breaks in homework sessions and avoid sitting at your desk just for the sake of sitting at your desk. Always be mindful of your long time and short-term goals and focus on these if homework becomes tedious.
Many teachers give projects that allow students the opportunity to research in depth an area of interest (either to the student or the teacher). This type of experience is invaluable to the student where the ability to learn is now more important than the work being learnt at school.
Today students have the libraries of the world at their finger tips via the internet. Students can tap into the internet at their school library, the town library, through internet cafes, or, the lucky ones will have a home computer and internet connection. Learning how to use the internet effectively will be mandatory for the professional of the 21st Century.
A timely reminder: August is the month of Trial HSC exams and most school are now preparing for yearly exams which will commence in early November. Be ahead of the game and you will be rewarded in the final results in December. See your success now and prepare accordingly.
Start summarising notes, use wall charts (already written or prepare new ones), target areas where remediation is most needed.
Remember, you can’t change the wind, but you can always adjust your sail.
It’s spring, winter has passed and the business part of the year is fast approaching.
There is still time to make this a great year at school even if results have not been spectacular so far.
Now would be an excellent opportunity to reread that motivational book that has inspired you in the past, or if you no favourite book, then look for one.
Here are a few suggestions
“Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz, Publisher Pocket
ISBN 0 671 82970 X
“Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone Publisher Harper Collins ISBN 0-207-16319-7
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, Publisher The Business Library. ISBN 1 86350 029 4
“The Mind Map Book, Radiant Thinking” by Tony Buzan Publisher BBC
ISBN 0 563 37101 3
There are many other books out there that can inspire and motivate you to achieve your true potential. As you read these books you can re-evaluate your goals and measure your success so far this year against your long-term goals already set.
There are a couple of personal thoughts that this writer have always found helpful.
1. Everyone one wants happiness, remember every fairy tale ends with the words “and they lived happily ever after”. However, few people realise that happiness is a determined state of mind. Every minute of every day you make the decision of whether you will be happy, sad, angry, or in total despair, You can decide, its simple in essence but realistically it can also be very difficult, that is why you must read motivational material.
2. If you want true happiness, make someone else happy. Do a good deed for someone knowing that they can (or may) never repay you. True happiness comes from giving, and the true beauty of this is the more that you give the more you will receive.
3. Do something special for your parents. Remember, there is no one on this planet that will love you as much as your mother, and your fathers love is second only to that love. Today, do something very special for mum and dad and enjoy the best week of your life; it could be something simple like washing the dishes or some other simple chore.
Yes, spring is a great time, for you I hope that it will always be a time of hope for you.
Hope is the magic ingredient in motivating yourself and others.
Examinations (or tests) in any field of endeavour are a performance and you perform better if you practise the test.
Many students seem to forget this aspect of study, they study the topic but they neglect to practise answering questions under test or examination conditions.
RobertOMath has a structured testing and reporting system that helps students not only to prepare for examinations but allows them to score at their real ability level.
In mathematics, there are many practise papers that can be purchased for years 10 and 12.
If you want to practise tests in your own home make sure that you initiate real test conditions. ie Select a paper or set of questions that you have not used before, time yourself and answer the paper under proper test conditions.
In essay type subjects, examination practise could have at least two other forms
1. Time yourself in making mind maps on various topics. For example, in modern history, you could make a quick mind map of the First World War. This mind map then could be used to answer a whole range of questions relating to the First World War.
2. Take some of your practice mind maps, devise a question on the topic, and use the mind map to write an essay answer to this question using this mind map. Remember, mind mapping is a very powerful tool in essay writing skills and in devising logic procedures in many aspects of life. Business people use this tool quite often.
Examination practice gives you one other big advantage; if you have practised and perfected a skill then you have confidence in that skill when you have to perform. Going into an examination with confidence will give you your best ever chance of achieving your highest score.
There are two quotes that are very apt at this time of the year. One was the motto of the Scottish immigrant who became America’s premier steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. viz
“Anything in life worth having is worth working for”
You can do it if you believe you can
If you have followed your dream and put in the necessary hard yards throughout the year, now is the time to reap your reward. Remember, these tests that you are about to take were designed for you so that you could demonstrate your skill and show the fruits of your labours.
Examination time is not a time of stress, relax and enjoy the experience, and know one thing, whatever the result, the rest of your life starts from that day and in the real scheme of things, any result is a good result.
November can be likened as entering the last straight in a 1500m race, 90% of the result is known, but there is still work to be done. Unlike in a race however, you now have time to pause and reflect. How has your year gone to date?
If you are disappointed, then how can you improve the situation? Remember, enjoy your successes but own up to your shortcomings; don’t seek to make others responsible for your failings.
Examination technique (Summarised). How to cope with exams and stress.
December is the time of the year when you can evaluate your year’s performance.
A true evaluation allows the student to summarise, consolidate and plan for the following year.