Understanding different math formulas and theories can be really confusing. What's the best way to learn them and remember them?
With a subject like math, I believe that real world application is the best way of learning! For example, with something like fractions, visuals are a necessity. If you talk about splitting pizza pies or how to cut a cake, students will have a better way of understanding the lesson as opposed to having to learn the concepts from a textbook.
What are your tips for writing a great college essay?
Every student is told to "just be themselves" when they write their essay, which is easier said than done. While I find that to be great advice, I challenge students to go a step further and to demonstrate their passion and goals in their writing. The best way to do this is not to directly state, "I want to do ___" but to show it in your writing. That is the tricky part, so make sure to plan beforehand. Think about why you're applying to college and what you hope to achieve while there. Then, draw upon your life experiences and write about one that best exemplifies that passion or mission.
When analyzing a text for the first time, what are key things that you should look out for in order to maximize your understanding of the reading?
Not all pieces of literature are alike; something by Mark Twain may seem clear cut to you while Charles Dickens looks as though it were written in a foreign language. The key is to constantly be asking yourself questions: what is the character doing at this moment? For what purpose? What are they trying to achieve? While the text may be hard to understand now, if you provide yourself several questions per chapter, you'll see that you actually understand more than you thought. This will also help you remember key details in case you need to go back.