Before reading through these questions, please first read the Disclosure Statement to see if your question is addressed there.
* "Why don't I do well on assessments when I get good scores on my homework?"
(The word "test" has been used in place of "assessment".) This is a question I often get asked. I respectfully ask the following questions as a way to determine why one might do well on homework but not on assessments. By truthfully answering these questions and examining carefully your own patterns, you can begin to figure out the "why".
1. Do you have test anxiety? If so, remember to do some "deep breathing" (breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly out your mouth. By doing this three or four times, you should feel a big part of your anxiety or stress leave your body.)
2. Are you adequately preparing for tests? Do you review your notes before the test? Do you receive help on concepts with which you struggle? Do you take advantage of the after school "Knight Discovery" tutoring? Are you using ALL the resources allowed on a test?
3. Did you get proper sleep the night before? Did you have a good breakfast/lunch so that you can think well? (Studies also show that by eating half an apple/orange and drinking 4-8 ounces of water 20 minutes before a test, students do significantly better. Remember: in THIS class, you may ALWAYS have healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables, protein, water).
4. Let's look at the homework you do. Often, how you do your homework will determine how you will do on a test. Are your homework assignments being scored truthfully and honestly? Do you do your homework by yourself, or with others? Do you show ALL your steps or do you try and do the work in your head? Do you honestly complete your homework assignments or are you copying others' answers? (Remember to always get in the habit of showing your work on homework, even if you CAN do it in your head- this will help better prepare you for tests where you will ONLY receive credit IF you show ALL WORK, unless otherwise stated.)
5. Remember: on homework, you can always redo the problems you missed so that you can get a 100%. While you can take test retakes, you do NOT have the same option of re-correcting missed problems like you do on homework.
6. If you DO do poorly on a test, are you taking advantage of the retakes? Knight Discovery tutoring?
7. What are your reading skills like? Your reading comprehension? Are there accommodations (i.e., 504, health-related, seating arrangements, etc.) needed to help you be more successful with tests?
By looking at each of these questions honestly and carefully, you should begin to gain understanding of why you might do better on homework and not tests. Once you begin to find answers to your own learning styles and questions, you can begin to make the necessary changes that will help you be successful.
Thank you and keep on keeping on!
* Will I be marked tardy if I have trouble with my locker? Or, if a teacher keeps me after class?
In this class, you are considered tardy if you are not fully in the room (and, you did not run in the halls) when the bell stops ringing. I am generally very lenient the first week or so of school as you get used to where classes are in the building. Do your best, please, to find routes that will help you get to class on time. Sometimes by taking the next class' books with you (and NOT stopping at your locker between EACH class) will help keep you from being tardy.
a. In this class, if you HONESTLY have trouble opening your locker because of the combination/ problems with the door, come tell me BEFORE the bell rings, and you will NOT be marked tardy. If the problem persists day after day, let's have you get hold of the office and they can help you sort the problems out with the locker so it does not continue. If you are late because you were talking with friends at your locker, you WILL be marked tardy.
b. If a teacher keeps you after class, simply get a note from the teacher excusing your tardy, and you will not be marked tardy. If a teacher keeps you after class, but will not excuse your tardy (because you are being disciplined in that class, etc.), you WILL be marked tardy.
Thank you and keep on keeping on!
* I/My child am/is getting a D in Math. What can be done to help her/his grade?
I often get asked this question, by parents and students alike, on how grades could improve. A great place to start in turning grades around are these five ideas:
1. Any time you miss problems on an assignment, take the extra time to go through them and see if you can catch your mistakes. Once you re-do the missed problems so that they are right, use the teacher's book, correct them and you can get back all your points. If you are willing to do this, you can get 100% on every assignment (homework is 40% of your grade).
2. Any time you take a weekly Friday test and do not score well on it, take the given opportunity the following week to retake the test. The retake will cover the same concepts and will be in the same format as the original test. Usually, the Monday following the test, we go through the entire test in class to see if there are any questions. Once you study and feel you are ready to retake the test, do so. Go to Knight Discovery Tutoring to take it. Remember: the retake score is ALWAYS the score that counts on your grade, even if you did better the first time you took the test. If you are absent for a test, you do not get the opportunity to take a retake. (Tests are 50% of your grade)
3. Attend the Knight Discovery tutoring to get help on assignments and concepts with which you struggle. (I offer extra credit to my students for attending Knight Discovery and working on math. See the Disclosure Statement for more information about this.)
4. Do any extra credit that is offered. (I offer extra credit every week after our weekly test.)
5. Make sure you use all resources available to you on each weekly test (notes, assignments, old tests, calculators (if allowed) and your brain).
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