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Essay Direction Words

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Most essay test items are presented as a statement that includes a direction word. The direction word tells you what you should do when you write your response to the item. Here are the direction words that are most frequently used by teachers when they write essay test items. The meaning of each direction word is provided and is followed by an example of an essay test item that uses the direction word.    
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Common Prefixes

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- Grades 9-12
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A prefix is a beginning that is added to a root word. Each prefix has its own meaning. Adding a prefix to a root word results in a new word with a new meaning. Read on to learn about the meanings of commonly used prefixes and examples of new words formed when they are added to root words.  
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Math Tips

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Study Skills Curriculum for
LD/Struggling Students

- Grades 6-12
- Contains 122 activities
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Here are some practical math tips that will come in handy. Read on to learn about tips for rounding a number, finding an average, determining if two fractions are equivalent, finding a percentage, and changing a decimal to a percentage.  
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Free teaching tip Many students avoid studying  because of barriers they place upon themselves. These barriers can be easily overcome. Teach your students to recognize these barriers and how to overcome them. ... Another free teaching tip Incorporate movement into your students' day. This is especially important if physical education is no longer a part of your school's curriculum. Here are some simple physical activities you can do with your students. ...
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Free Study Tip Stop studying when you are no longer being productive. In an hour, study for 50 minutes then break for 10 minutes.
submitted by Sheena Mann
Student, High School Year 1
Makati, Philippines
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Another free Study Tip Adopt a trigger activity. Something that you do specifically to get in the mood to study. Pull your hair back in a ponytail, listen once to a favorite song, put on your tennis shoes...something that once it is done you will be ready to study and discipline yourself to do it every time you sit down to study. Training your brain to react to a physical stimulus lets you call upon your study brain when you need it to be there.
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Teacher, College
Wichita, Kansas, USA
A random study tip submitted by one of our visitors I listen to music, sit in my room, and do my studying.
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Student, Grade 9
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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