With no text book... math can be difficult. If you or your student need a little help reviewing a math concept refer to the Secondary Math Parent and Student Support Page - click here. Select which level of math your student is in - Math 7, Math 8, Secondary 1 or Secondary 2. You can watch video lessons/tutorials listed by concepts and in the general order they are taught in class.
Fifteen nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping kids with learning and attention issues, including the Child Mind Institute, the Parents Education Network, and the National Center for Learning Disabilities, have come together to pool knowledge and create a single Web resource for parents—or “parent toolbox”—to navigate and find answers for complex issues—and seek personalized support.
Understood.org is a new, free online resource (in English and Spanish) that is aimed at providing families with the practical tools and advice for their child’s academic, social, and emotional journey.
“Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences,” states the Understood.org website. “With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.”
One in five children in the United States struggle with some degree of reading, writing, math, organization, concentration, listening comprehension, social skills and motor skills—or a combination of these.
The website offers the following (and more):
1. Prepare Yourself
- Attend all classes, if you miss a class make sure to speak with the teacher about missing work.
- Ask questions! If you don't understand something, chances are other students don't as well.
- Listen for key phrases such as: "The 3 main ideas are....." and take note of these.
- Get help before or after school if you need it.
2. Take Good Notes
- Be an active listener (think about and try to understand the information being taught.)
- Taking notes will help you to pay attention.
- Recognize important information (anything the teacher emphasizes or writes on the board.)
- Review notes every day when you get home.
- If you're absent get the lecture notes from a friend.
3. Create Learning Aids
- Use flash cards to learn vocabulary or technical terms.
- Use acronyms: make a word out of the first letter of terms to be memorized.
- Make charts and/or time lines to keep track of historical events.
- Use outlines to help break information down into smaller units that are easier to remember.
- Reciting/repeating something out loud can help you with memorization.
- Create rhymes that will help you remember the facts.
- Create a song to help you remember the important information you need to know.
4. Take a Practice Test
- Ask your teacher if they have a practice test you can use or.....make your own by anticipating what questions may be asked.
- Ask a parent or friend to quiz you by going over your notes or flash cards.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
- Get plenty of rest the night before an exam, don't stay up all night cramming!
- Wake up early so you're not rushed the day of a test.
- Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test.
- Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers so you're prepared no matter what temperature the room is.
- RELAX! Don't be anxious, remember to breathe, and have a positive attitude.
6. Test Time
- Know how much time you have so you can plan your time accordingly.
- Scan the test before your begin, notice how long it is and what kinds of questions are asked.
- Read the directions 2-3 times and make sure you understand what is wanted.
- Look for clue words, sometimes one word will give the answer away.
- If you don't know the answer to a question mark it, move on, and return to it later.
- Make sure on multiple choice tests that you're marking your answer on the correct number on your answer sheet.
- Use your common sense. If you don't know the correct answer see if you can figure it out by using your common sense.
- If you find yourself getting anxious take a moment: close your eyes, take a deep breath, and tell yourself you're doing OK.
- Don't rush through the test, you don't get extra credit points for finishing first.
- Double check your answers when you've finished.
- Change your answer only if you have a really good reason for doing so, generally your first response is the correct one.
*Keep things in perspective - this is just one day in your life. Doing poorly on a test is not the end of the world. Learn from the experience, talk to your teacher about what went well and what didn't so you can improve on future tests!
Make homework a positive experience by following these guidelines:
1. Have a set place for doing your homework. It should be:
2. Have a set time for doing your homework.: Most importantly BE CONSISTENT!
3. Use a planner! A planner helps you keep track of what homework you need to complete and
you can check it off after you've turned your assignments in. Remember, you only get credit
for homework if you hand it in! All OHMS students receive a planner at the beginning of the
4. Prioritize: Do the most difficult (or the ones you like least) assignments first. Getting them out
of the way will give you a sense of accomplishment and the energy to go on.
5. Make sure an older family member is around for help if you need it. Students whose parents
are involved with helping them with their homework do much better in school. If a family
member is not available for help arrange with your teacher to get help before or after school.
6. Break down big assignments into smaller more manageable pieces. Don't try to finish your
entire assignment the evening before it's due.
7. How much time should I spend on homework?
The following is an "average" amount of time students should spend depending on their grade level. Students should usually plan on 10 minutes per grade level Mon-Thurs. Students should also plan on spending time doing homework one day during
Grades 4-6 45-60 minutes a school day
Grades 7-9 70-90 minutes a school day
Grades 10-12 100-120 minutes a school day
Stress...what is this?
Stress is a normal part of life that all people feel at some point in time. It usually arises when we feel out of control of something in our lives. Stress can sometimes be positive when it helps us focus and get work done. Most of the time however, stress makes us feel worse and hinders our ability to get things done.
How does stress make you feel?
Stress effects people differently. What stresses one person out may be very different from what stresses another person out. Stress can effect you physically (headaches, stomach aches, or exhaustion), emotionally (fear or sadness), or mentally (increased anxiety). Feeling stressed for a long period of time can be detrimental to your health, relationships with friends or family, and your ability to be productive.
How should I deal with my stress?
There are lots of different ways to handle stress. Stress management is individual which means you have to find out what will work best for you. Here are some ideas of how to deal with stress:
Other helpful tips to reduce your stress:
1. Manage your time wisely
-break large projects into small pieces
-keep track of your progress and mark things off once you've completed them
2. Get organized
-organization will save you time and decrease your stress level
3. Have a good study spot
-creating a quiet place to get your work done is essential, for more study tips refer to our study skills page
Skyward Family Access 101 Family Access is a feature of the student information system being used by schools in Jordan School District Schools. Parents can use Family Access to see information about their students including grades, attendance, lunch information including current lunch balance, and their schedules. This tutorial is designed to provide a quick overview of Family Access for parents of what is included and how to maneuver within the system.
Download the attached file for the Skyward step-by-step tutorial!