6th Grade Class

Mrs. Valenzuela 6th, 7th and 8th Math 
 
Welcome to our math class website!  This is the place that will keep you up-to-date with class notes, homework, assessments, and other important information.
 
 

MATH STUDY SKILLS 

 
Become an ACTIVE LEARNER 
  • Take responsibility for studying, recognizing what you do and don't know, and knowing how to get your teacher to help you with what you don't know.
  • Attend class every day and take complete notes. Teachers formulate test questions based on material and examples covered in class as well as on those in the text.
  • Be an active participant in the classroom. Get ahead in the book; try to work some of the problems before they are covered in class. Anticipate what the teacher's next step will be.
  • Ask questions in class! There are usually other students wanting to know the answers to the same questions you have.
  • Go to math support (lunchtime) and ask questions. I will be pleased to see that you are interested, and you will be actively helping yourself.
  • Good study habits throughout the semester make it easier to study for tests.
 

 

Studying Math is Different from Studying Other Subjects

  • Math is learned by doing problems. Do the homework. The problems help you learn the formulas and techniques you do need to know, as well as improve your problem-solving skills. 
  • A word of warning: Each class builds on the previous ones, all year long. You must keep up with the Instructor: attend class, read the text and do homework every day. Falling a day behind puts you at a disadvantage. Falling a week behind puts you in deep trouble.
  • A word of encouragement: Each class builds on the previous ones, all year long. You're always reviewing previous material as you do new material. Many of the ideas hang together. Identifying and learning the key concepts means you don't have to memorize as much.

 

Study Time

You may know a rule of thumb about math (and other) classes: at least 2 hours of study time per class hour.

 

Studying for a Test 

 

Everyday Study is a Big Part of Test Preparation

Good study habits throughout the year make it easier to study for tests.

  • Do the homework when it is assigned. You cannot hope to cram 3 or 4 weeks worth of learning into a couple of days of study.
  • On tests you have to solve problems; homework problems are the only way to get practice. As you do homework, make lists of formulas and techniques to use later when you study for tests.
  • Ask your teacher questions as they arise; don't wait until the day or two before a test. 

 

Use the Resources You Have Available

  • Ask questions in class. You get help and stay actively involved in the class. 
  • Go to the Math Support Sessions during lunchtime. I like to see students who want to help themselves!!!
  • Find a private tutor if you can't get enough help from other sources.
  • All students need help at some point, so be sure to get the help you need.

Asking Questions

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Any question is better than no question at all (at least I will know you are confused). But a good question will allow me to quickly identify exactly what you don't understand.