|Students are encouraged to talk to their
math teacher for help, but teachers are not always available
during study time. Below are some resources and strategies for
you to use when you are having trouble with your homework or
when you are preparing for a quiz or a test.
You can find answers to many of your
questions about the Math Department and our program on our
Frequently Asked Questions web page.
- Class Notes
Review the notes you took in class for the day. You may have
examples that are different from those in the book. If your
class has warm-up or starter exercises, those may also be
Your textbook is a source of exercises, but there are also
examples and explanations in the main part of the section.
Read over what you find there. Look at diagrams and side
notes for hints and applications.
- Try More Exercises
Do some of the odd exercises and check your answers in the
back of the book. Try working out the examples in the book
or re-doing the ones in the class notes. See if you can do
them correctly without looking at the answer first. Parents
may help by copying such exercises without the solution to
make a mini-worksheet for practice.
- Draw a Picture
Sketch a picture, graph, or diagram to help you organize
your thinking. This is especially helpful for word problems.
Or make a diagram or flow chart that outlines the steps for
exercises that follow multi-step procedures.
- Skip Ahead
Sometimes the exercises later in an assignment are different
(not just harder) than those at the beginning. You may be
able to do some of the other exercises and get new ideas for
the ones you skipped.
Sometimes calculators can help you solve a problem. If you
are not using a calculator in class regularly, ask your
teacher if it is okay to use one on homework assignments.
- Ask for Help
Talk to your parents/guardians, siblings, or maybe a
friendly neighbor. They may be able to show you how to do a
few exercises or may be able to help you understand the
explanations in your textbook. You can also call a friend
from class. They may be able to give you some hints over the
- Study Group
Organize a group of students from your class to meet a day
or two before a test or quiz. Work on homework and review
the main ideas together. The Media Center can be a good
place to work during the Tutoring Center hours.
- Internet Resources
There are several good web sites for support in learning
math. Many teachers list sites that are useful for your
class on their own web sites.
- Your Teacher
Of course your math teacher is an excellent source for help.
Check with your teacher to find the best times for help
and/or to set up an appointment. Some teachers check e-mail
throughout the day and may be able to answer a few questions
- Math Tutoring
Math teachers and student tutors are available some
days before or after school. Ask your math teacher for
information about locations and times.
Some students and families find private tutoring to be a
helpful option. However, please note that Torrey Pines staff
members may not offer advice or suggestions for (or about)
private tutors. Please do not ask our teachers for referrals
or advertise tutoring through them and their classes. The
school newspaper, The Falconer, often prints
advertisements related to tutoring.