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Common Core Math in the 8th Grade

Eigth grade math under the Common Core system focuses on three different principles, covering a range of topics. From using and understanding equations, having a fundamental understanding of functions and how they are used, as well as certain geometry topics, students will learn about slopes, exponents, the Pythagorean theorem, and other concepts.

Expressing Concepts With Equations

One of the main goals of 8th grade Common Core mathematics is to help students understand equations, how to express them, and how to evaluate equations. Linear equations such as y=mx+b will be introduced in 8th grade mathematics. Expressions that involve radicals and exponents will also be taught.

 

Understanding Functions

7682Functions are another core component of 8th grade mathematics under the Common Core system. Students in 8th grade will need to learn how to define various functions, evaluation functions under given parameters, and use functions to describe relationships between two quantities.

 

Geometry Concepts

8th grade mathematics is also where many principles of algebraic geometry are introduced. Once exponents are covered, learning theorems such as the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the hypotenuse of a right triangle will be taught. Real world concepts that involve 3D shapes such as cones and cylinders are also a key aspect of 8th grade mathematics.   These concepts will be very useful when students begin preparing for the new SAT math format.

 

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8th grade is a very important year for mathematics and is a shift in understanding that requires students to grasp many different concepts. Tutoring from Infinity Math Tutoring is available to ensure that your child truly understands these valuable concepts. Without fundamental understanding of these principles, later years of math will only get harder.

At Infinity Math Tutoring, we place an emphasis on creating specific tutoring plans that are tailored to your child, giving them all of the help they need based on their learning style and speed. Contact us today if you are interested in 8th grade math tutoring for your child.

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Learn Like Leo: Write It Down!

leo drawingsWhen we type the word “Leonardo” in Google, the undisputed results are “Leonardo DiCaprio” and “Leonardo Da Vinci”. Leonardo DiCaprio is an A-lister of our generation, but Leonardo Da Vinci was a universal Renaissance Man, and believed that all things in nature were governed by math.

Even when Leonardo learned the language of mathematics, he preferred to express his thoughts through his art. His search for mathematical solutions can be seen through his artwork and rough drawings.  Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t the only person that used drawings to calculate math.  Drawing  was possibly how some ancient civilizations calculated mathematical precisions in their constructions, which is exhibited in the Egyptian pyramids.
 
Many things can be observed about Leonardo’s method of learning.  He wrote things down.  He entertained his curiosity through writing and drawing. Students that lack confidence in math think that they are only good at mathematics if they can “do it their head”.  Not true!  Some of history’s greatest thinkers–Albert Einstein, Leonard Da Vinci, and Sir Issac Newton–made great discoveries by writing down their thoughts and theories–not by computing numbers in their heads.
Students must be encouraged to learn like Leo.  There is power in writing things down:

1)  Writing helps your memory
2)  Writing help you work through problems faster and easier
3)  Writing helps you create goals and find ways to reach them
4)  Writing encourages creative thinking
 
Today’s students can reach success in mathematics through writing.  There is power in the pencil!!

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Effective Study Skills for a Successful School Year

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Developing smart study habits will naturally promote and enhance your learning experience, allowing you to achieve greatness.  Taking study breaks allows the brain time to order and organize the information you are learning in small manageable chunks that can then be located and recalled at a future date.
 
 
 The Study Break Process
 
Breaks should be taken before we begin feeling overwhelmed or fatigued.  Study breaks keep your body and brain fresh in ways that will improve long-term memory and help better categorize the information you are learning for more effective memory recall.
 
 
Study for 25 minutes
 
Studies have shown time and again that the human brain cannot fully concentrate on a specific topic for extended periods of time over 20 to 25 minutes. Even though throughout your study regime you may feel as though you are still within your learning zone – you may in fact be slowly moving out of your zone, becoming gradually less focused and productive as the minutes tick by.
 
 We naturally tend to remember and recall most of the information we learn at the beginning and at the very end of our study chunks. If you extend your study chunks to over 60 minutes, the information studied within the middle of that time period is likely to be misplaced or forgotten.
 
 
Take a Break for 5 minutes
 
Your breaks should be no longer than around 5 minutes. You don’t want to distract yourself from your studies. Your breaks should be utilized in ways that will settle your mind and effectively allow you to integrate the information you have learned.  Try to avoid television or other mind-consuming activities during your breaks.
 
 
Conduct a Review for 5 minutes
 
When you get back to your studies it is critical that you do a quick review of the material you studied during your most recent study chunk. This will further help to assimilate this subject into your long-term memory storage banks and assist you in creating strong associations to existing information within your brain.