12th Grade

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12th Grade Academic




What You Can Do To Help Your Student

  • Math:

    Math Tips

    Ask to See Math Homework

    You might not be able to help your child with the more difficult elements of his math homework, but by asking to see his work and offering to help out you can continue to make sure that he is maintaining good study habits and staying on top of his assignments. Ask him to explain to you what he is studying. Verbalizing the concepts he is learning will help him process and retain the information.

    Encourage Persistence

    Encourage your child to persevere when he encounters difficulty in math. If he is having difficulty solving a problem, encourage him to think about it in other ways and to look for patterns among similar problems. It’s important that he isn’t discouraged by math and continues to see it as something that is doable, even if it’s getting more difficult.

    Use Online Math Resources

    For many parents, the biggest challenge they face helping their kids with math in high school is that the material their high schoolers are studying is too difficult for them to be able to easily help out with. Familiarize yourself with the range of online resources, like Khan Academy, IXL, and Hippocampus, that provide your kids with plenty of opportunities to review the concepts they’re studying, take tutorials and do practice problems. Even if you can’t solve the problems yourself, you can help steer your child toward helpful resources.

    Find a Math Mentor

    If your child is struggling with math and doesn’t understand what use it could ever be to him, it might help for him to have a mentor. This could be a friend or family member who uses math in their work, such as an accountant or an engineer or a programmer. Enlist this person to talk to your child to help to demystify math for him.

    Find a Tutor

    If your child is really struggling it might be necessary to enlist the help of a math tutor. Ask your child’s math teacher and guidance counselor for advice. Many schools will suggest that students in higher grades help out as tutors.

    Discuss Math-Related Careers

    Encourage your child to explore ways in which math is used in different careers. How do doctors use math? Engineers? Bankers? What is he starting to think of as career goals? Help him explore, by researching online or talking to other adults, the role of math in the fields he is starting to consider.

    Watch Movies That Feature Math

    Plan a family movie-watching night around a film that features math, like A Beautiful Mind, Moneyball, or The Da Vinci Code.

    Encourage Reading About Famous Scientists and Inventors

    Encourage your child to read biographies of famous inventors, scientists or computer experts, like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein.

    Highlight Math Through Sports

    Sports provide a great forum for your child to delve into many of the math concepts that he is studying, from statistics and probability in baseball to geometry in racquet sports.

    Play Math Games

    Plenty of games can help foster math skills. These include card games, board games, dice, and dominoes.

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  • English Language Arts:

    English Language Arts Tips

    Make Time for Reading

    As your child’s academic and extracurricular schedule becomes busier than it has ever been, it’s important to help him continue to make time for some basics. Make sure that he is staying on top of assigned reading, but also that he has enough down time for leisure reading.

    Encourage a Range of Reading

    Encourage your child to read a wide range of materials, from novels to biographies to informational texts and scientific material. When possible, try to engage him in discussion about the themes and ideas of what he is reading. Some of the texts he’s reading may be of interest to you, and discussing them could offer a valuable starting point for meaningful conversations.

    Ask About Reading

    One focus of your child’s classroom reading is determining what a text is saying explicitly and what it leaves unsaid. You can help prompt him to think critically in this way by asking probing questions about what he has read and what he has learned from it.

    Make Time for Family Discussion

    Make sure you continue to make time for family conversation and discussion. Sit down to meals together as a family and engage your child in discussion about what is going on in his life, both personally and academically.

    Share Your Struggles

    Reading classic literature, such as Shakespeare, can be intimidating. As your child reads books you read when you were his age, tell him about your struggles and success with the same texts. Just knowing that you also went through a similar experience could provide some needed encouragement for him.

    Ask Your Child's Opinion

    Include your child in conversations about news developments and world events, as well as family matters. Ask for his opinion on important topics and listen carefully to his responses. Ask him to back up his opinions and statements with evidence.

    Discuss Career Possibilities

    As your child starts to think about future study concentrations and career possibilities, use your discussion of the subjects that interest him to steer those conversations. Help him start thinking about the expertise that different careers require. What do lawyers need to study? What about doctors or engineers?

    Include Writing in Family Traditions

    Help your child be a part of your family holiday traditions and include writing at the same time. Have him interview elderly family members or friends about their traditions in celebrating the holidays. He can then turn the information from these interviews into several kinds of writing, from photos with captions to illustrated stories to poems. These writings could turn into a special and much-valued gift to the family member or friend.

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