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Too much time on a smart phone or tablet?

If you're concerned about the time your child spends communicating electronically, don't let that concern go! In fact, there is a real negative effect of this mode of communication - if not done with proper grammar - on writing and real social skills. Here is a great article briefly explaining these adverse effects. http://www.onlinecollege.org/2013/02/12/does-texting-hurt-your-grammar... read more

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I need help on finding the Circumference and Area of Circles. (answer)

For each question, you have to: 1) Decide which formula to use. 2) Plug each number that's given into the right place in the formula. 3) Solve. Here's how to do #1: It's asking for circumference, so use the C = 2*pi*r formula. Plug in "6" for the radius:  C...

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How do you do a Dihybrid cross? (answer)

A dihybrid cross maps out the possible combinations of two selected traits in offspring from two parent organisms.  This is done graphically on a Punnett Square. For example, if two pea plants are crossed - and we choose to look at the traits of height and flower color - we need to start...

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10ab+1/5a^2b-a+6/3a (answer)

Since 6/3=2, you can combine the "a" terms.    10ab + (a2b)/5 - a + (6/3)a = Look for common denominator. It's 5.      (50/5)ab + (1/5)(a2b) + (5/5)a = Combine all terms in the numerator and divide by common denominator.  (50ab...

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Physics anxiety

For many students, Physics is the first science course that incorporates the necessary skill of basic algebra. This, combined with all the new terms, abbreviations, units, and symbols, can make Physics seem like some kind of complex magic meant only for the elite to comprehend. (It's most troubling when I witness people in the TEACHING profession convey this same attitude.) At the point that... read more

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Assignments posted on teacher or school websites

Many students have become dependent on managing their homework and study routine via SchoolLoop, BlackBoard, or other teacher-posted website. The problem with this approach is that it transfers the ownership of the workload to the teacher. Students will comment, "My teacher didn't post anything, so I have no homework in that subject." If students are waiting for an assignment... read more

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How to work differently

If you've read my first post on working differently, your next question may be how to go about doing so. In my view, it's all about organization. I contend that a well-organized student is automatically at least a C-student. Just the process of recording and tracking all assignments consistently will facilitate absorption of enough subject material to score 70% or better on tests. Factor in... read more

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Don't work harder - work differently

It's very common that we tell our kids they need to work harder when grades are not where they need to be. And it's very possible that they do need to put in more hours and effort. However, too often, the message of "work harder" is received by teenagers as "keep doing what you're doing...but do it better!" It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that doing more of the same things... read more