The Best Middle School Math Tips

Algebra brings more complex equations and for me personally, it became the first time I had to learn how to write equations out instead of simply solving them in my head – which was a weird adjustment.

Have a good relationship with your teacher

Your teacher – who is giving you your grade at the end of the semester – can be a major resource if you’re struggling throughout math class. Having a good relationship with your teacher shows you are putting in the effort and trying.

Learn how to use a graphing calculator

Graphing calculator skills come in handy – especially when it’s time for the SATs or ACTs. Casio’s affordable FX-9750GIII Graphing Calculator is the perfect option since it is user-friendly and has over 200 hours of battery life.

Take advantage of cheat sheets

Pull out my free math cheat sheet when you need to quickly find a formula. I originally created these for myself in middle school, which helped me memorize formulas.

Use Wolfram Alpha to find solutions, not just answers

While some apps just give you answers to problems, Wolfram Alpha offers both answers and solutions. Throughout high school, it really helped me out when I couldn’t understand an answer.

Use the tools available to you

For college-bound students, good scores on the SAT and ACT can equal better scholarships and college opportunities. On these tests, understanding how to use a graphing calculator can be an advantage, especially since tools you might otherwise use (like your computer or phone) will not be accessible. The FX-9750GIII Graphing Calculator can be used for both the SAT and ACT tests.

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