Algebra Golden Rules

Algebra Golden Rules - #1 Take Notes in Cornell Note Format

You must learn how to take Cornell notes. This is the number one algebra golden rule. This note-taking format allows you to identify the learning objectives, the relative standards, your notes, keywords, definitions, and most importantly, a summary of what was you learned in the lesson. This format of note taking will become the most important tools that will allow you to prepare and study for any test, quiz, or assessment. If you develop the technique for good note taking and learn how to review these notes daily and before tests your memory will increase. If you are a visual learner and combine the use of a highlighter to add color or use flashcards to help improve your memory of key terms, the results will be astonishing.

Your summary should review what you learned and most importantly, WHAT YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND!

Algebra Golden Rules - Do Your Homework – Why?

Homework is important to practice and access your understanding of material presented to you during a daily lesson. It is a final check to determine if you get it! If you copy homework from someone else, you will never learn anything. You have to try to do the problems. There is one important aspect of this. Some of us can do just a few problems and get it. So if you get it, THEN PRESENT A CHALLENGE, to your teacher.

A Challenge! – What a way to reduce my homework?

Yes, this is a proven approach. You can present a challenge to your teacher. Simply, ask, politely, if you can demonstrate that you have mastered the concept to reduce the quantity of homework problems for a lesson. I promise you that you have nothing to lose and so does the teacher. Why should one do 30 problems if we can prove that we can master it in 4-5 problems? Doing more homework for something that we can easily master is boring and frustrating.

Algebra Golden Rule - #2 - Ask for Help

Anytime that you see a lesson and do not understand , go and get Help. The best time is now before you leave school for that day. DO NOT WAIT. YOU WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND.

Ask a peer, a parent, a teacher, any one. The priority is to ask your teacher, a knowledgeable peer (The smart ones), or your parents when you get home. DO not PROCRASTINATE TO ASK FOR HELP!


Do not make the mistake of checking out your textbook from school and never reading it!

Give me a textbook and then I do not care who the teacher is and I can pass the course. Tell me in advance, what my assignments are and how I will be earning a grade. They can speak in a foreign language and I would not care. I have a source document that explains everything to me, but only if I READ IT!


Backwards Planning for Assignments

When you get the freebees, you know the assignments that a teacher gives you to boost your grade. If you did not know that is the main reason he or she will give you a project, do not be stupid and blow it off. PLAN it out and turn it in early for extra credit. Ask questions about what needs to be done, even in private with the teacher if you are shy. However, no matter what get a complete understanding of what is required to get an “A” on the project. You will not fail algebra if you get an “A “on a major project.

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