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Algebra Made Easy, Aug-Sep 2010 Issue - Algebra Formulas
August 03, 2010
Welcome to Algebra Made Easy!
I hope that everyone has had a great summer! Some of you have been busy studying all summer and others have enjoyed a nice mental break.
I hope that everyone is getting geared up for another successful year.
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Wishing you the best!
In This Issue
Algebra Formulas and Reference Sheets
Are you tired of flipping through your text book, notes, or favorite website looking for a specific Algebra formula?
We all know that Algebra is stocked full of formulas and finding the right one can be a challenge. So, what can you do to make sure that you aren't wasting time hunting for the right formula?
This problem occurred to me recently when I was tutoring a College Algebra student. She was using a study guide to review for a timed exam that she has coming up soon.
As she tried to complete each problem, I saw her flipping through ten pages of notes in search of a formula, definition, or example to help guide her through the problem.
As we ended the session, I said, "For the next session, I want you to go through each problem in the review and write down any definition or formulas on a separate sheet of paper. Then if you find any problems that you struggle with, I want you to write down an example demonstrating how to complete the problem."
I first got the look of, "OH no, you want me to do more work?"
Then, I said, "I also want you to make sure that you organize this sheet of paper with headings or titles that stand out (either in a different color or all caps). Make sure you write down any information that might help you as you take this test. This is going to be a reference sheet."
Her response was, "Oh... I get it! That's a great idea, then I won't have to flip through all these pages."
Her test is a timed test and she can use her notes, so if her notes were not organized, then she may not complete the test in time, which would result in incorrect problems and possibly a failing grade.
Using a Reference Sheet or Study Guide is an excellent resource for anyone studying Algebra.
If you are taking a timed test, like the student above, it is essential. You must be able to quickly move through the test, and having an organized reference sheet will allow you to save time as you complete the test.
If you are not allowed to use your notes as you take the test, a Reference Sheet is still a great "study technique".
The best way to study for a test is to practice sets of problems over and over. Therefore, by creating this Reference Sheet, you will know exactly what you need to study, and you will save time as you complete your practice problems.
Steps for Creating an Algebra Reference Sheet or Study Guide
For more tips on studying for your math test, please see my article on studying for your test or quiz.
For a list of important Algebra Formulas, please visit my Algebra Formula Reference Sheets.
Why Do I Need to Learn Math?
One of the most frequently asked questions by middle or high school students is, "Why do I need to learn this, when am I ever going to use this in real life?"
It's very difficult to explain to kids that many math skills are used every day, but you don't even realize it. Logical thinking is a huge component of math and Algebra and we use logical thinking every day!
When you recognize a mistake that you've made or when you create a plan for how to best accomplish a task, you are using logical reasoning skills.
These skills are strengthened through exercising your mathematical mind.
Even so, we all know it's difficult to explain this to kids; but I did find a great website that outlines all of the careers that involve math (and there are many) and it even breaks down which courses in math are need to obtain a degree in these fields.
It may give your child a look at what they will be faced with in college when they prepare for their chosen career.
Just remind your child, that being serious about math now will help to build the basic skills that are necessary for these college classes.
Did you know that the top 15 highest earning college degrees all have one thing in common......math skills!
Yes! Math skills, and Algebra is just the beginning!
Check out this website called When Will I Use Math?
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I wish you all the best in your upcoming school year.
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