Algebra 1 Help is Here
Do You Have a Middle or High School Student Struggling with Algebra 1?
I assure you, your Algebra 1 help is on the way. Through talking to many parents, I know how difficult it is raising teenagers. I'm not quite there yet! My children are 5 and 3 and I wish I could keep them this little, but I can't. So, I will be in your shoes one day.
I've worked with A LOT of parents who were struggling with their child's academic performance in middle school. It's extremely difficult and math seems to be one of the biggest stressors for students and parents.
If your child is taking Algebra 1 and is frustrated or having difficulty with their homework, take the following steps:
- Sit down somewhere, free of distrations, where you can work together.
- Ask your child to get out his homework, class notes, and text book.
- Take a look at the class notes to see if you can figure out the steps used to solve the problems. If the class notes are not very clear, then take note of the topic being studied. (For example, is the topic solving equations? What type of equations? Look for key words in the notes.)
- The box below shows a list of units that are currently covered on Algebra-class.com. Click on the unit that corresponds with your child's lesson. (These units are also found on the left-hand side nav bar on every page!
When you have located the lesson on Algebra-class.com, you'll need to first teach yourself the concept. Take a look at the examples and copy them down. Use the step-by-step instruction to teach yourself and your child. Work through the problems together.
- Pre-algebra (Keywords: Integers, distributive property, simplifying expressions)
- Solving Equations (Keywords: One-step equations, two-step equations)
- Graphing Equations (Keywords: Table of values, Slope, Rate of change)
- Writing Equations (Keywords: Slope intercept form, standard form)
- Systems of Equations (Keywords: graphing, substitution method, addition method or linear combinations)
- Inequalities (Keywords: inequalities, systems of inequalities)
- Functions (Keywords: relations, function notation, functions, fx)
- Exponents and Monomials (Keywords: exponent, monomial, power, scientfic notation)
- Polynomials (Keywords: polynomials, foil, factor)
- Quadratic Equations (Keywords: quadratic equation, quadratic formula, pythagorean theorem, factor)
If you too are lost and don't understand the lesson, then you may need to go back to the beginning of the unit and go through each lesson building up to the skill your child is working on. It may take a little more time, but in the end you'll have a stronger foundation and it will all make sense.
- Work together to complete the practice problems on Algebra-class.com to make sure that you have a firm understanding of the concept.
- Now that you and your child have a better understanding of the concept, have your child try to complete the homework. You could also have your child "teach you" how to solve the problems as he/she completes the homework. Whenever you "teach" the concept, you gain a better understanding yourself!
Having worked through many problems with parents, I hope to be able to offer solutions for you too. If you have a question or comment about your child's Algebra work, please share your thoughts in the form below.
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Do you want to help your child study or teach your child how to study on their own? Click here to read my article titled, "Math Study Tips.
Are interested in looking at a typical Algebra curriculum? Do you want to know what skills are coming next or what skills to go back to if your child needs a refresher? Click here to take a look at concepts and skills taught in Algebra 1.
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