Nini's got school trouble


School has started for a lot of us, which is good, but you might also be feeling a little pressure. Nini is having a problem because she's worried she doesn't know something important. What should she do?

Dear PLS,
I am in the 7th grade and I don't know all of my times tables or my division what should I do? I have already told my mom and teacher and my teacher bluntly said that if you didn't know your times tables or division he wasn't going to teach it.
Nini, 12

It's brave to admit you don't know something. And the good news is that your mom and your teacher knows. It doesn't sound like the teacher is being too helpful, so you'll have to make your own plan. Here's what I'd do:

1. Make an appointment with the guidance counselor right away. Explain the problem and ask how you can get help, such as tutoring.
2. Work with your mom to set up a schedule for practicing your times tables and division. Test yourself to see which ones you need the most help with.
3. Play math online games, such as Math Baseball on FunBrain.com. (Choose multiplication from the list at the bottom,)
4. Be determined to learn them and don't give up!

What else, Pink Locker Girls? Did you ever have trouble with school stuff? How did you deal with it?

Think pink!
Jemma

P.S. Bonus logo for Nini for providing today's question!

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Anonymous littlemissicygirl:) said...

Get a tutor! I have a tutor that helps me get ahead of my class, and helps me understand concepts. He really helps me. A tutor could help you to! :)

September 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Girl said...

Dear Nini
sometimes i have problems with maths too.dont worry just keep going and you can improve!:)

September 18, 2012 at 12:57 AM  
Anonymous MusicalMary said...

If you can't memorize make it seem like a game. You can also look up the net for ideas. It's great there's a website like this that teaches us to learn... Don't struggle. If you think you can do it, the faster you'd learn...

September 18, 2012 at 4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be like that too.
I was in grade five and I hardly knew ANY of my times tables so I got a book on times tables and memorized the easy ones no-one really helped me but I told my mom about it and she encouraged me to learn more. Now I only have trouble with the 9 and 12 x tables
Hope this helps!
From Anonymous In Australia

September 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am in year 8 and do not no all my times tables

September 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

i'm in excactly the same position as you, Nini. I don't know my times tables too and i'v just started 7th grade - plus i'm in set 1 (the brightest students) in maths so i'm expected to be really bright and know my times tables
:( scared

September 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Littleblueflower said...

I had the same problem and I felt really dumb. I couldn't tell my teacher, so I what I did was buy some flashards and instead of watching tv at night or playing games I would go through the cards. Is all about memory. Try it. You don't need a tutor to learn multiplication. Ask your mom for some flashards or go online and find some. You could also make your own with some paper, scissors and a calculator. As for the division, you could also get some division flashards. But division is a little tougher if you haven't learned it yet so you may need a tutor for that, or maybe a family member could help you with it. I really hope I helped.
Think Pink!

September 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM  
Anonymous wallflower said...

Flashcards, sweetie! You NEED to memorize these because this is the grade where you are going to get serious with math.

September 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try "Multiplication Madness"

http://www.honorpoint.com/

September 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

first of all, thats a horrible thing that ur teacher wont help! :( but this is what my teacher says (im in 5th grade) "make multiplication fact card using index cards and crayons. the answer on one side, the problem on the other. quiz urself." if that doesnt help maybe ur mom can get u a tutor. i dont know them all either! mostly devision tho. i really hope u get better! :)



THINK PINK (or in this case, MATH! <3)



Born2Bme

September 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

http://resources.oswego.org/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html
That's a great website that my teacher showed me when I was learning my times tables and division.
I agree with the other posts. Flashcards are GREAT. Get index cards. On the front, write the number sentence (20÷2), and on the back write the answer (10). Your mom can also probably help you with your math, since she learned it too. Good luck!

September 18, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Vanilla Vampire said...

So? .I'm in 7th grade and i don't know all my multiplication tables. Or how to divide.

September 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous katelynla said...

Yeah. I didn't really memorize the times tables until fifth grade, because I had a really mean teacher in third. Now I know them fairly well, and I'm in your grade Nina. I can see why your teacher isn't gonna teach it, so you need to make the effort to practice them like they're homework. 20 minutes a night until you know the is what I suggest.

September 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Purpleypopsicle said...

I was in this exact same problem. My mom made me do these flash cards every night with division facts on them. I hated it, but the defiantly worked!

September 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry I'm in 7th grade I dont know my multiplication's or division

September 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Nini said...

Oh my gosh, Thank you so much for answering my question. It helped alot and all these comments did to so thank you and as an update I now know my 5's,2's,3's,10's and 11's. So thank you so much

Nini<3

September 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous katelynla said...

Awesome Nini! The hardest part is just taking the time to memorize them.

September 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous littlebee said...

Hi!
Great work so far. I memorised them by writing them down on flash cards and getting someone to test me.
Keep up the great work!

September 21, 2012 at 3:12 AM  
Anonymous PinkLil'Heart said...

i know rite. we were learning ratios and stuff and it included deviding. i didnt know my 6's,7's,8's or 12's.and im in 6th grade. i feel the same as you! tip: practice them.make flashcards.this always help. and tell your sibling(if any) to give you a randon multplication problem at a random time.this helps too. gud look, peace!

September 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well what i basically can advice her is simply take some time and think with a cool mind and study with fun....

September 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not everyone understands multiplucation and division and some don't care! But I think you are very wise for seeking help heres what I think will help you.

First ask any of your friends to tutor you nothings more fun than studying with friends! But you can't be goofing off really study. Or you could ask an older family member who knows them well studying with a loved one always helps because they care about you! Finally you could go to a study group after school for help. They'll review all kinds of things!
I hope this helped u nini
I proud of your seeking help I know you can do it!

October 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous pinkalicious said...

ixl math is the best!
PS can I have a logo too please?

October 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Figure out shortcuts like learn tricks to help you I hope you learn bye

November 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can write it down and learn them.There's a really cool trick to learn 9's tables.It goes like this.You keep your fingers(all 10) open,palm face down.From your left hand close only your little finger.That is 9 times 1=9
Next.Open ur little finger and close only the one after that(ring finger).If u count,u see ur pinky(1),the ring finger shut and the rest that are left are 8 in number.This gives u 9 times 2=18.You continue closing and shutting ur fingers in order and thats ur 9times table :)

January 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM  

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