Dear Amy: I would like to get good grades this school year but I often struggle in math. Do you have any tips on how I can plan ahead if I am struggling? — Reggie Z., New York
Dear Reggie: Math can be tricky, especially when you get to the upper grades. Fortunately, since you know your weaknesses, there are several resources you can have ready ahead of time. First, talk with your teacher at the beginning of the year to see if he or she provides any after-school tutoring. Many teachers will be happy to stay late once a week to work with students. Another option is to study with a friend who is doing well in math. Often you can find the solution if you work together.
For students needing help with math homework, there are several sites that come in handy. Khan Academy, khanacademy.org/math, is a collection of free tutorials for almost any school subject. Choose your subject and grade level to narrow down your search and you will find a helpful tutorial for the math area you are studying. Sometimes a solution to math struggles can be to relearn some basic principles. Coolmath4kids, coolmath4kids.com, is a game-based environment where you can practice those skills.
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