I was recently talking with one of my favorite students about her goals for the upcoming school year.
She told me her big goal was to make straight As.
This actually made me kind of worried!
You might be thinking, what, Rebecca, are you CRAZY? Why would it be BAD for a kid to WANT to get straight As?
So … let me explain.
The reason why this made me a little worried is because what is most important to me as a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert is that the students truly master the material.
I’ve found that when students are committed to the process of mastery, and receive aligned support, everything else just happens naturally – the confidence, the grades, successful classroom participation.
It’s all just a byproduct of the true foundation, which is the mastery process.
So I’m going to share a big secret with you – the same big secret that I shared with this student.
If you want to make straight As in math…
…focus on the habit, not on the goal.
I explained to this student that her success in math up to this point is all because of incremental habits that she’s been developing.
If she keeps doing these little incremental habits, those grades will come, whether or not she’s focused on them.
So here are the exact incremental habits that are the secret to getting As in math.
If you want to get straight As in math, this is what to focus on:
1. Keep track of your assignments so you know what’s due and when.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the assignments and study for tests.
3. Practice new concepts until they are automatic (even if this means doing more practice than is assigned for homework).
4. ALWAYS make sure to get feedback on your work (like checking your problems in the back of the book) so you know whether or not you’re on track.
5. When you miss something on a test or quiz, go over it and figure out exactly what wrong and what you need to do differently next time.
6. Do extra practice of those types of problems you missed on the test or quiz, so they won’t be confusing when they come back in the future.
7. When you don’t understand something, keep a running list of problems, concepts, and vocabulary that aren’t clear and you want help with.
8. Ask for help with the things you don’t understand.
9. If the help you receive doesn’t work, keep looking until you find help that TRULY makes sense to you.
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