ü Take your time; there is no reason to hurry. You don't win any prizes for finishing first--so don't rush. Slow down and read each problem carefully. Many of the problems are only reading problems, with no computation, so you must know your vocabulary and understand what mathematics symbols represent.
ü Draw and modify pictures for problems that involve geometry and measurement concepts. Use your formula chart, don't guess formulas.
ü Remember, you can use your formula chart as a versatile problem-solving tool in addition to using it as a straight edge to draw line segments or extend line segments.
ü Use process of elimination to narrow down answer choices. Look for answers that are obviously too large or too small. Look for graphs with the wrong slope, such as a positive slope when the problem gives a negative slope.
ü If you are absolutely stuck on a problem, use the strategy of Back-Solving or Guess and Check by substituting answer choices back into the original problem or equation. Use your calculator if it is appropriate with the strategy.
ü Look out for problems involving Pythagorean theorem, special right triangles, or similar triangles. The problems may look very similar, so read the question more than once, decide what a reasonable answer would look like, and remember that most often, these are multi-step problems. Once again, use your formula chart and modify pictures if necessary, to help solve these problems.
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“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Quote by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles