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by Linda

My son is in 8th grade this year and is taking Algebra 1. Although math is not my strongest point, I have been able to help him with his homework when needed. Well...up until now!

I don't believe I ever took Algebra in high school, so I am as lost as he is! This is turning out to be a pretty tough year for him and I feel terrible that I cannot help.

Do you have any suggestions for how I can help (when I don't understand the concepts)?


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Jan 06, 2010
Helping with Algebra Homework
by: Karin

Dear Linda,

I'm sorry to hear that your son is struggling with his Algebra homework. I know that it is very frustrating for you as well, when you feel like you cannot help.

I've written a few tips for parents to use when helping students with homework. They can be found on the following page: http://www.algebra-class.com/help-with-algebra.html.

You may not be able to reteach your son the concepts at home, but one thing that you can do is schedule a conference with his teacher.

When you conference with his teacher, you want to find out why he is struggling with his work. Ask questions like:

Is my son paying careful attention in class, or is he distracted in some way?

Is he completing his classwork and is the work correct?

What is his test average? If he is not scoring well on assessments, in what areas does he need help?

Does the teacher offer after school help or tutoring sessions where your son could get the extra help that he needs?

You can help your child best by finding the root cause of the problem. Homework should consist of problems that were studied in class or previously studied in class. Therefore, if your son does not understand his homework, then something may be distracting him in the classroom.

Try to get an overall picture of what is taking place in school and this will allow you to help your son at home too!

I hope this helps. If you need any more information, please let me know.

Best of luck to you,

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