My 5 Top Tips For High School Seton Math

My 5 Top Tips For High School Seton Math

As a Seton Student, I know how difficult it is to get through all that math/algebra.

And, so, in hope to help all of you out there that need help, I’ve written a few tips for staying on track and not failing High School Math.

1. Read the chapter!

I know it takes up a lot of time to read your whole Algebra chapter, but whatever! You’ve got to do it! It really, really helps! Study the chapter for a short while, and when you come to a difficult question, don’t go straight to mom or dad.

Try going back into your math chapters until you find the one you need for that particular question. It can get to be much work, but I know for a fact that if you study your Algebra lessons, you will get better test results.

2. Get the Dive CD Disk

When I first started Algebra, my mind went berserk amidst the chaos. I freaked out about how overwhelming it all became. However, once my mom ordered the Dive CD, everything calmed down.

Not kidding, this CD is amazing! The “teacher” is convincing and he makes Algebra seem so easy. After using this disk through Algebra 2, I have gotten so much better in my math studies.

Believe it or not, after listening to his lesson every day for school, I have adopted a love for math. I used to despise math, mainly because I couldn’t understand it, but now I love the challenge of all the questions.

3. Take Notes!

Math formulas need memorizing. The best way to make that happen: write it down. I take notes anonymously on my math, and it helps so much to know I only have to go back into my notebook, and I’ve got the formula I need.

Memorize the formulas as best as you can. It really, really, really helps. Since I’ve taken notes on what the Dive CD teaches, I’ve become so much better at Algebra.

We all know college math will be difficult as well, and that’s why you must focus now, and learn the formulas.

4. Stay Focused!

With seven other siblings still living at home, the house can get chaotic, and I understand how hard it gets to focus. However, trust me when I tell you this, you do not want to fail math. Staying focused is quite a big challenge, but it’s one we all must take eventually.

My advice: put on some relaxing piano music that helps keep you calm and does not get you all excited. Pay attention to the lesson, take notes, and never give up!

Procrastination is a real big problem when it comes to staying focused. I know I constantly want to just play the piano, or write my story, but if you tell yourself to finish school first, it will work! Keep yourself focused on your goal for the day. Never stray off, and you’re good!

5. Don’t Stress Out!

It’s High School, yes. But, it is not the end of the world. Don’t worry about college now. Do Not Stress Out! Stressing yourself will just make getting good grades all the harder. Trust me; I know from experience.

Keep yourself confident in your work. Not overly confident, of course. However, also, don’t freak out when you realize that math test is to be sent to Seton!

Just stay positive, and do not underestimate yourself. Whatever it takes to keep yourself confident, do it! Get rid of that stress, and put confidence in its place!

Now, hopefully, this has helped at least somebody out there. I know these tips have really helped me out with High School Math (Algebra 2, in particular).

And, hopefully, those struggling with math may get something out of this. I love helping out others, so prayerfully this did some good.

Good luck all!

About Emily McKinnon

My name is Emily McKinnon, I'm an average Catholic homeschooling girl who has traveled all around the world. Being in a retired Air Force family, I was able to tour Europe, and half of the world. I have lived in many different places, such as, Germany, Texas, South Carolina, and many other places. I now live in Colorado, which I love dearly, but if anyone were ever to ask: I am a Texan at heart! I am the eighth of ten kids, and I love baking, writing, reading, crocheting, painting, and everything Disney related!

32 Comments

  1. Stella B.

    Hi! Great article! I found it really helpful. I’m in 9th grade also and have a bunny as well!. His name is Tim, and since I’m an only child, he’s like my best friend.

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Awesome, Stella! I’m actually not in 9th grade anymore, I’m in 10th now. My bio is a year old, so I’m also 15, not 14… But, thanks! Hopefully these tips will help you out!

      Ah, yes, our bunny’s name is Loki, and I love him lots!

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      • Stella B.

        Ah ok, I’m 15 too but in 9th grade….. :)

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Just finishing, just starting, or still in the process(of 9th grade)? I’m at the half-way point of 10th.

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  2. Stella B.

    Also, I meant to rate your article more, but it won’t let me hahahaha:)

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    • Emily McKinnon

      No problem, Stella! Thanks for rating it! (:

      Reply
  3. Ann P.

    Hello once again Emily!
    Your math tips are very helpful!!! I recently turned 13 and I’m in 8th/9th grade, so now I have some good info for dealing with Algebra 1 because I’m not a big fan of math. (:

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Haha! Hello, Ann! That’s great to know!!!! Yes, I used to hate math with a passion. But, honestly, these tips have helped me to find a love for math. Huge improvement, huh?
      P.S: the bio is off. I’m 15, not 14, and in 10th grade, not 9th.

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      • Ann P.

        Oh, okay! :D Yeah, I used to absolutely hate math before, mostly because I didn’t understand the concepts, but now I’m more partial to it. lols

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        • Emily McKinnon

          Algebra 1 was the worst for me, I think. Because, I couldn’t figure it out. I was so new to it, that it was scary! But, after getting the disk, holy cow, that really improved me!

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          • Ann P.

            Algebra 1/2 was awful, because I had just changed my current math curriculum to Saxon, and I had to cram in the entire Algebra 1/2 for only half the school year!?! I had to do math throughout the summer. :(
            Yes!! I don’t have the Dive disc, but I have a different disc that helped a LOT.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Aw, no!!! That’s terrible! Yeah, I had to do math and English assignments through summer last year. Hence, the reason why I wrote these notes. Figured I could try to help the other kids out there so that they don’t have to cram! (:

          • Ann P.

            That’s really nice of you!
            By the way, I love Colorado’s mountains too! They’re so beautiful! My family and I went on a trip to Rocky Mountain national park a few years ago, and it was breathtaking since we live in Missouri, where there are only boring old plains. :)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Haha! It is a lot of fun during the summer to go hiking and fishing in the mountains. It’s a lot harder to do right now though, seeing as how all the mountains are full of snow. :) But, I still love being able to look out my window and see Pikes Peak right there. Well, not right there. It’s still a good drive to get there. But, it’s also still beautiful! (:

  4. Elodie Pierlot

    Five stars all round!
    This is my second year with Seton, and I’m in grade 9. So when I first started it, the maths was overwhelming and I haven’t had much chance in figuring out how to calm everything down XD I mean only this month I’ve finished last years maths!!!

    So thanks this article is helpful!

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks, Elodie! It’s great to know that this helped you! Also, I know you feel. When I first started high school math, my brain kinda powered down. Algebra scared the living daylights out of me. But, these tips that I started using really helped me out. And you know it’s saying a lot when I say that I used to despise math, and now I love it! (: Thanks for the comment!
      P.S: the bio is off. I’m in 10th grade, and I’m 15–just a heads-up. (:

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  5. Amelia Coleman

    This is great, Emily. I should start taking notes; that’s a good idea…and staying focused, lol…

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    • Emily McKinnon

      Thanks, Amelia! Lol, I need to start re-reading my own stuff, I’m way behind on my Algebra tests. :/ :)

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      • Amelia Coleman

        heehee, same, I think I’m still in the middle of the second quarter

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        • Emily McKinnon

          On math tests, I haven’t even finished second quarter either…and I should be on the fourth…lol, I love math, but I’m not good at it! :)

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          • Amelia Coleman

            4 quarter already? When did you start? I’m gonna finish math sometime in August…facepalm…

          • Emily McKinnon

            When did I start? Oh, in…..wait-when DID I start?….Ummmmmm…Oh! Sometime in August I think! So, technically I’m in third quarter still for some subjects, but Math I should be in 4th. :)
            Hey, so long as you DO finish, right? :) Which math book do you use? Are you doing Algebra? I’m doing Algebra 2! :0 SO much more difficult than I thought it would be! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Saxon Algebra. So nervous from Algebra 2!! I’m not even halfway through my book yet…I started in late August

          • Emily McKinnon

            Oh, that’s too bad. I got over the halfway point, but I’m still not very good at it. I’m good at some things. Just not graphing—Ugh! I hate graphing! I can find out the x and y problems, but I can’t figure out the graphs. :p

          • Amelia Coleman

            I just have a hard time with all the new concepts. I have to do like 50 of the same problem before I get it down.

          • Emily McKinnon

            Ah, that stinks. It doesn’t take me too long most of the time—except with the tests. :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            tests…tests… that one simple word that racks up such high degrees of stress…

          • Emily McKinnon

            Right? Ugh, I’m supposed to be doing my test on Humani Generis right now….yeah, no. I can’t. I’m such a procrastinator! :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Haha…whatever that is:)

          • Emily McKinnon

            Lol, that’s exactly how I feel right now… :)

          • Amelia Coleman

            Lol

          • Emily McKinnon

            :)

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