## Troy C.'s Resources

This is the one question I ask the most when students' grades are starting to go downhill: Are you getting enough sleep? Current research shows that middle school students should get 9 - 12 hours and teenagers should get 8 - 10 hours of sleep each night. This is very important for proper functioning of the brain. Sleep is also when the things we learn are locked into our memory.   Make... read more

I found this in my reading today from Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.:   "A child with dyslexia needs a champion, someone who will be his support and his unflinching advocate; his cheerleader when things are not going well; his friend and confidant when others tease and shame him; his advocate who by actions and comments will express optimism for his future. Perhaps... read more

If I understand your question correctly, you are asking what you would pay for the shirt if you received a discount of 30% off of the original price of \$45. In this case, if you take 30% off, that means you are actually paying 70% of the price (100% - 30% = 70%). So, convert the 70% to a decimal...

This came across my desk this morning from the office of veterans benefits so I thought I would share it. I hope it proves helpful. See the VA website for full details:   "Did you know tutorial assistance is available to help Veterans attending school pay for tutoring necessary to advance your education? Tutorial assistance is available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if pursuing... read more

I recently came across a study from the Netherlands that compared a specialized font for Dyslexia called "Dyslexie" to the widely used "Arial" font in Reading tests. The results of the study showed that overall reading speed was not increased with the Dyslexie font, but some reading errors were improved. Specifically, open and closed vowel errors as well as substitution errors... read more

Brittany, First, divide by three to get: x2+2x/3-1=0 Next, add 1 to both sides: x2+2x/3=1 Now the tricky part, take one half of the coefficient of x, square it , and add it to both sides. In this case, the coefficient of x is 2/3, so one half of that is 1/3 and squaring that...

Amanda, The formula for the circumference of a circle is C=2∏r, in which r=radius. To find the radius, then, we insert 18 in for the circumference. So 18=2∏r. Solving for r gives 9/∏, or approximately 2.86 inches. Now that we have the radius, we can find the area. The formula for the area...

Tyler, In order, from left to right, the number 56,012.47893 contains the following: 5 ten thousands 6 thousands 0 hundreds 1 tens 2 ones 4 tenths 7 hundredths 8 thousandths 9 ten thousandths 3 hundred thousandths Please view the cool, interactive,...

Jessica, The polynomial h2-9hs+9s2 cannot be factored out to anything simpler. However, if there is a typo and the polynomial is supposed to read h2-6hs+9s2 then you can factor it be remembering F.O.I.L. (First, Outside, Inside, Last) and performing it in reverse. So, to get...

A new study in the journal of Child Development shows that staying up late to cram actually hurts your scores the next day if you are sacrificing sleep to do it. Recommended sleep for teens is between 8.5-9.5 hours/night. It is also recommended that the time that you go to sleep and wake up each day not vary by more than 60-90 min. So set a regular sleep schedule, stick to it, and don't wait until... read more

I just read an article from NPR news that reported on a study in the journal of Child Development showing an increase in reading, spelling, and comprehension in preschool students. It compared normal reading of a book out loud to students with a method that made references back to the text while reading out loud. The study showed that, over two years, reading comprehension improved with the method... read more

There is no greater honor for a young man or woman than to risk their life in the service of his or her country. Taking the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, can be a daunting experience. But with the right preparation, you can ace the test and move on to what you really want to do: spend three months in boot camp! (Just kidding.) But ultimately, your score on the ASVAB will... read more