Back to School - 8 Math Tools for High School Success

Back to School shopping is one of my favorite things to do! With this in mind, I thought I might help you with your own list of supplies for math class.  These are my absolute necessities for high school math.

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1.  TI-84 Calculator

The debate over calculators in the classroom continues, but one thing can’t be denied. The graphing calculator, when used appropriately, can accentuate the math they are learning in the classroom. The graphing calculator can help students make connections between equations, graphs, and tables.

Many parents worry about their child misplacing their calculator. You can make your calculator stand out from the crowd with a unique cover.

2. Ruler (Straight Edge)

Graphing in math is a daily endeavor. Help keep those lines straight with a ruler small enough to fit in a pencil pouch.

3.  Graph Paper

Sure, you could go out and buy standard graph paper. However, I would recommend printing off these two graph pages (Page 1 & Page 2) and taking them to your local copy center instead. Ask them to print 50 double-sided copies and hole punch them. These pages will help your child keep his/her graphs organized.

4.  Mechanical Pencils

Mechanical pencils alleviate the need for pencil sharpeners. We learn from our mistakes as well as trial-and-error in math. Using pencil for our work makes it easier to make adjustments and move on.

5.  Retractable Eraser

One of my favorite tools! I never do math without it.

6. Evernote

This app is possibly one of the best organizational tools ever! I shared 10 great reasons to use Evernote to keep your notes organized and help you study for tests in a recent post.

7. 2 Pocket File Folder

Know where you stand in math class by keeping all graded papers on the right and all homework assignments on the left.  Help your child keep track of their math grade by using a grade tracking tool. Students that track their own performance typically do better in class.

8. Math Tutor

Don’t wait to set up a math tutoring appointment until after you receive your child’s first report card. Schedule it at the first signs of struggle. Even better, if you know your child had difficulties with math in previous years, help them get off on the right foot this school year by hiring a math tutor before school starts!

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Angela Culley

Angela Culley

Owner & Tutor at Math Ninja, LLC
As the founder of Math Ninja, Angela provides online and in person math tutoring for all ages including those studying for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, PPST, and other math specific subject assessments. Prior to launching her business, Angela coached K-12 educators on effective teaching strategies, curriculum writing, and assessment development.As a classroom teacher, she taught math to students ranging from grade 5 - 12. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate math courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and Mountain State University.
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