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Math For Dessert Helps Students Remember

pi pie photoMy students are working hard to master all the new concepts they’ve been learning in math class. It’s a lot to absorb!

The key to getting all these rules and procedures straight is to keep looping back and practicing the material, over and over. 

Here’s a GREAT study habit: Always finish your homework with an extra little helping of math “for dessert.”

  • Go back to your math homework from a few days ago, and re-do one problem.
  • It’s most helpful to choose a problem that was challenging or confusing.
  • Re-work the problem on paper, and don’t peek at the solution unless you have to.
  • Tomorrow, choose another old problem to re-work. Select problems that are beginning to go fuzzy in your memory.

This habit will constantly refresh and strengthen your math learning, and eventually that knowledge will stick for good.

Math Dessert is an excellent long-term habit…it’s a pain at first, but it will make studying so much easier and boost your test scores now and throughout high school, college and beyond!


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Math For Dessert Helps Students Remember

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2015). Math For Dessert Helps Students Remember. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from


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