Welcome to the Explore Math web-site for 2017-18. It's going to be an exciting year in which we will explore the power of numbers, algebra, statistics, probability and geometry. It will be work, but the results are well worth it. Not only does the study of 7th grade math create opportunities for further studies of math, science, engineering and business, it also helps you become a better problem solver and actually makes you smarter.
The best way to learn math is to study and then practice. This means HOMEWORK is an important part of developiong math skills. You can expect about 15-30 minutes of Math HW per night. Your parents can help you develop the work ethic needed to be successful in math, and in life. Here are some things you can do, and your parents can help you with, to be successful in math:
- Work to learn and improve, not to just complete assignments.
- Work neatly and in an organized way so you are communicating clearly what you are doing.
- Set a specific time to study math each day, not too late in the evening.
- Review your notes from the day, BEFORE starting on any assignment. If you have no assignment for the day, review your notes anyway.
- Always study in a place AWAY FROM TV's, Computers, Cell Phones, and Video Games. A "public" place is best, like the kitchen or dining room table, so your parents can help you stay on task.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is super important for learning and memory. Studies have shown that even if someone not getting enough sleep feels "fine," they still do not have the same learning and memory power they would have if they got pelenty of sleep. You should be getting 8-9 hours of sleep per night.
Supplies you will need for math this year:
- A dedicated spiral notebook for math, 70 or more pages.
- A 3 ring binder with 100 pages of lined paper for math (the binder may be used for other subjects as well).
- Lots of pencils and one big eraser (learning involves making and correcting mistakes).
It's really important to stay caught up in math class, because what you learn one day is often used the next day for something new. It's much easier to stay caught up each day than it is to fall behind and then catch up.
If you love math you're going to love what we you learn this year. If you don't love math maybe you will before too long. Either way the math you will learn this year is some of the most useful math you will ever learn. You'll remember 7th grade math because you'll be able to use it in the rest of your life.
I'm looking forward to working with you starting soon.
Team Explore Math