Many of my students are very nervous about math. It isn't really that they don't know how to do problems, but mostly that they don't know **where to start**.

**Doing math is like eating an elephant - it is only possible one bite at a time.** Break big problems into smaller parts. The small parts are usually easier than trying to find an answer in one step.

There are a lot of good web sites out there that can give you ideas and advice. Here is one of my favorites: Survival Skills for High School Graduates

In my classes, here is the way your quarterly grades are weighted:

% of Total |
Type |
Restrictions |

40% | Assignments | show your work unless the assignment says “do these in your head” or"mental math" – no work, no points |

20% | Vocabulary and Quizzes | no notes for vocabulary quiz may use notes for other quizzes |

40% | Tests | for some tests you may be able to use notes |

Mrs. Shearer is available before class, at lunch, and after school to help you. **Remember** that if you
are absent **you** are responsible for making up all missed work.

Last Updated: 07/12/2010

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