My Student Needs Help with Pre Algebra, What Do I Do?

In pre algebra, students learn about graphing on a number line or coordinate system, factorization, and decimal notation. They need to master irrational numbers, measurement, algebraic notation, functions, and calculating surface area and area. Also, students need to learn about roots and powers, operations and properties, integers, and more. Because of all the concepts students need to master, you might find that your child needs some extra help along the way. If this happens, here are 4 ways to help your pre algebra student:

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Purchase Pre Algebra Study Books

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By Andrey_Popov

Consider purchasing some of the pre algebra study books available. Why? Because these are great resources if your student needs additional explanations or practice problems to understand a topic. Workbooks with explanations can be especially helpful. Some of the top pre-algebra books available include:

  • Pre-Algebra DeMystified
  • Pre-Algebra Concepts: Mastering Essential Math Skills: 20 Minutes a Day to Success
  • Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
  • Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss
    Find one that offers the tools your student needs to master any topic. Also, find one that your student will enjoy using.

    Download Math Apps

    Math apps are a great resource that your student can use on the go. Have your student download it on their phone, tablet, or other device. Then, he or she can use it whenever there are a few minutes to spare. Some options available to practice pre algebra concepts include:

  • Math Domain
  • Varsity Tutors
    These apps offer flashcards, practice quizzes, practice problems with explanations, and more.

    Watch Math YouTube Channels

    YouTube is a great resource for learning more about math! Your student can find videos that discuss a particular concept in greater detail. That way, he or she can hear explanations of that topic in different ways than the classroom teacher or textbook offered. Check out some of the top YouTube math channels that offer explanations, walk-throughs of practice problems, and more.

    Hire a Tutor

    If you feel that your student would benefit from one-on-one attention, a tutor is a great option. Tutors identify problem areas and look for ways to help your student gain a better understanding. To get the needed help, it’s important to find a tutor that has the knowledge base and tutoring know-how required. Take the time to seek out someone who comes highly recommended.

    It’s important to communicate with your student’s teacher on a regular basis. Know how your student is doing and what areas they may be struggling to master. When you feel that your child needs help with pre algebra, consider using these 4 steps to help them gain the mastery needed to excel in pre algebra and beyond.

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    • Jamie Goodwin

      Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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