Math Students: Pick Some New Year’s Resolutions You Can Really Count On!
New Year’s Is an Important Time to Focus on Math Studies
Can Help Prepare for Critical Testing
LOS ANGELES - December 17, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - When kids come back to school on Jan. 2, parents will be back to helping with math homework and getting their children ready for the intense period that is the second half of the school year.
With challenges like Common Core Curriculum, standardized tests and placement decisions facing them, it’s important to be prepared.
Larry Martinek, who designed the math curriculum used at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the country (www.mathnasium.com), suggests making some math-focused New Year’s resolutions can add up to higher scores and greater classroom success.
"We tend to think of New Year’s resolutions as items for grown-ups, like new diets, exercise programs, and job searches. However, for students, a New Year’s resolution that focuses on math can be a powerful tool, helping kick off the second half of the year with enthusiasm and focus. Just coming up with the resolutions can be a fun activity for parents and children," he says.
Larry, who is Mathnasium’s Chief Instructional Officer, offers the following ideas to get students and parents going with their own list of resolutions:
- I will practice my multiplication facts, even when I think it’s boring, because they are important to know.
- I will score higher on my next math exam and ask my Mom to put it on the fridge.
- I will remember that math is as much fun as I make it.
- I will do at least one math problem to help my parents every day, like calculating change at the grocery store.
- I will learn how to use a ruler and a compass and draw decorations for my room/binder.
- I will work on one word problem a week and show someone how I solved it.
- For students in Algebra 1 or higher: I will figure out what F.O.I.L. means. (Hint: it’s not used to wrap my sandwiches.)
- Write your own: I will ________________________________.
These New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be burdensome, and nobody needs a long list. The idea is to come up with a handful to get students’ math engines humming as they head into the critical late winter, early spring period.
Mathnasium Learning Centers, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, specializes in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. Students go to Mathnasium year-round to catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. Kids who are behind in math receive all the help they need to improve, while stronger students work to realize their full potential and truly excel. All students are taught using the proprietary Mathnasium Method™, which is the result of 40+ years of hands-on instruction and research. Franchising since 2003, Mathnasium has become one of the fastest growing educational franchises, with a new center opening each week. There are more than 400 Mathnasium franchises in the U.S. and abroad. www.mathnasium.com