An open letter to any student or parent who is struggling with Algebra 1
Dear Algebra Student or Parent of an Algebra Student,
Would you like a simple and easy way to learn Algebra ...one that you will quickly learn and absorb?
Do you want to make sure that you have all the prerequisite skills needed to be successful in higher level math classes?
Do you want to save yourself from the confusion, boredom, and struggle a lot of students suffer through when attempting to learn Algebra?
Would you like to raise your Algebra grades this semester and build the confidence needed to easily ACE your Algebra tests?
Do you want that awesome feeling of confidence, each time you walk into your math classroom?
Do you want to feel calm, relaxed and fully prepared each time you sit down to take an Algebra exam?
Would you like to have an online program that acts like a tutor and is available any time of the day so that you can study when it's convenient for you?
Would you like to be able to complete your homework accurately, quickly, and stress free?
If you can answer "Yes" to ANY of the questions above, then I have GREAT news for you.
My name is Karin Hutchinson, and hopefully you've had a chance to peruse Algebra-class.com. I am the sole creator of this site, and my ultimate goal is to help ALL students find success with Algebra.
After teaching for ten years, I decided to stay home and devote my time and energy to my darling girls; however I quickly found out how much I missed teaching, helping students, and seeing the smile on their faces when all of sudden they "got it".
Yes, it's that "Aha" moment that makes teaching so rewarding!
So, in order to continue my passion for teaching, I created Algebra-Class and the experience has been amazing because I am now able to help students all over the world.
Although, I don't always get to see the "Aha" moments, I definitely read about them in emails.
Wouldn't you love to say, "Yes, I get it!" or "Yes, I got that answer right!"
Well, you can .... and it all begins with building a strong, solid foundation in Algebra.
You see.... once you have a strong foundation of skills, the skills will build on each other.
Once you master one skill, you set yourself up for being successful with the next skill.
Pretty soon, you've mastered a whole unit and you are ready to use those skills in the next unit.
The best part is, not only have you mastered the skills, but you've also gained the confidence to keep moving forward.
After many years of teaching and ten years of private tutoring, I've found that Algebra concepts must be broken down into very teeny tiny steps.
When concepts are "chunked" into smaller pieces, and problems are modelled in a step-by-step fashion, students grasp the concept more easily and learn the skill.
In order to complete the entire course in the allotted time, teachers often must teach one huge concept in a class period and expect mastery.
In reality, that one huge concept can really be chunked into two or three smaller lessons, which would allow for complete understanding of each step in order for you to master the entire concept.
Let me give you an example....
"Slope Intercept Form" is a widely used form in Algebra when graphing linear equations.
Many teachers would teach this concept in one lesson. This would involve introducing and identifying the y-intercept, introducing slope, and how to use slope to find the next point on the graph.
Then you have to be taught how to pull it all together in order to create your graph.
Many teachers work quickly through the prerequisite skills, calculating slope and graphing slope, and spend the majority of the class period focusing on slope intercept form. At this point it doesn't make sense because you don't REALLY know what slope means!
This could be very overwhelming, confusing and just too much information for many Algebra students to digest in one class period.
Not to mention, that when you learn a series of skills in one lesson, often times there is not ample time for practice in class before having to practice on your own at home alone. This creates more confusion and frustration which leads to increased Math anxiety!
This one big lesson needs to be chunked into 3 smaller lessons.
I begin with the introduction of slope and calculating slope. Then in an entirely new lesson, I teach how to graph slope.
Finally, in a third lesson, we pull it all together and learn how to graph equations using slope intercept form.
In two of the lessons, I teach the "building blocks" for mastering the important concept of Graphing Using Slope Intercept form.
By "chunking" the lesson into three mini lessons, students are able to understand each part of the process and take the the time to practice each part for full mastery.
This allows students to fully understand the prerequisite skills needed for full mastery of the concept. Most importantly, when the foundation of building blocks is built, it leads to increased confidence and less math anxiety!
Remember: the key is building the foundation and then you will be able to move forward very quickly.
There are several ways to do this:
- Hire a tutor - The only problem with hiring a tutor is making sure that your tutor understands how to teach the skills in a way that you will build a solid foundation.
Many tutors are hired on their knowledge of math skills, but don't know how to successfully teach the skills.
Plus tutors cost about $50 an hour, so let's look at another option...
- You can try to use your textbook and go back and reteach yourself the prerequisite skills needed for your chapter.
Although, this is an option, it's not always the best option because most likely if you are at the point of frustration with your current work, the last thing you will want to do is go back and study old material.
Plus reteaching yourself takes a lot of self-discipline....
- Watch Algebra Videos on You Tube. So many people use You Tube for educational purposes.
It is a great resource, and there are some channels with quality lessons.
The biggest problem is that most channels are not laid out in a progression. So, unless you can identify the "building blocks" for each lesson, it would be hard to find the exact videos that will meet your needs.
- Lastly, you could take an online Algebra course.
Online Algebra Courses are great because you can typically login at your convenience and you can either start over from the beginning or choose lessons that pertain to your school work.
The convenience of online classes makes it the best option, but just be sure you are......
There is a ton of Free Algebra content and there are also a ton of Algebra Online Courses that can be taken.
So, how do you know what to look for and where you will gain the most Algebra knowledge?
I began tutoring Algebra 1 when my first daughter was just six months old. I couldn't wait to start teaching again.
Of course, my students were not your straight A students or even your B students. My students were struggling to keep a C in Algebra.
Not because they weren't good students or they didn't like school, they just didn't have the building blocks to be successful and as a result they also developed a dislike for math.
So... although their parents made them come each and every week with a frown on their face, I was determined to build their foundation and change their outlook on math.
With each lesson, they were studying in school, I would say, "Let's start with this...we will get to your homework soon."
We'd back up a few steps and start with the "building blocks" to that lesson. Then we would take a look at their homework and apply what we just went over, and I would hear, "OH... I get it now".
All of a sudden, the homework was a piece of cake!
After a couple of sessions each week, my students and parents were saying, "I can't believe how easy you make Algebra!" "I can't believe that I'm actually getting an A in this class."
Many of these students have never seen an "A" in math, because they just didn't believe that they could do it.
So, not only does taking 3 steps back and "chunking the material" help raise your grades, but it builds self confidence and a positive math attitude!
My parents and students always said, "I wish you were my teacher". And.... truthfully, I wished that I could get back into the classroom and reach more students.
However, I felt totally devoted to my family and I knew I just couldn't do it.
Then one of my parents said, "Well, you should teach online from home. I bet there are other families who could benefit from your services and with skype and other software programs, I'm sure you could make it work.
I knew I didn't have the time to add more tutoring sessions, BUT, the idea of teaching online was great!
I started researching how to create the website, how to record videos, and how to write on my screen. Within a few months Algebra-class was born and I started writing my first Algebra curriculum.
It only took about two years, but I did it! I created an Algebra Class that anyone could access from the internet and a class that I knew EVERYONE would be successful with because of all the "building blocks" I set up along the way.
Algebra Class is an online Algebra 1 program designed to meet the needs of any student who is struggling in Algebra.
It is also a full Algebra 1 curriculum for home school students who are beginning Algebra 1 or are looking to find a new curriculum that is much more user friendly and easier to understand.
Math students of all ages learn at different paces, so you can log on to this course at any time and take the Algebra course at your own pace.
It is also designed so that you can quickly find lessons that pertain to a lesson that you may be working on in a class or in another program.
This online algebra class was created with "Any" Algebra student in mind.
It's perfect for the home school student who is looking for an easy to understand curriculum that allows for independent study.
It's also perfect for a middle or high school student who needs extra help with their Algebra class. This course can be used very much like a personal tutor who costs over $50 an hour.
Many teachers and tutors use it for students who are falling behind in class and need an independent Algebra course.
I also have many adults purchase the curriculum so that they can brush up on their skills before taking an introductory Algebra class in college or if they are attempting to pass the college entrance exams.
It's a very versatile program, and users of all different ages and backgrounds have had huge success with the program.
Take a look at this email that I received from a struggling 38 year old mother of five.
I am a 38 year old mother of five who has never done mathematics in high school. I am considering a career change so I need mathematics desperately. In my attempts to learn high school maths, I had tried several programs from the internet. I had bought at least three maths programs locally.
Then I Googled something on equations and came across your web page. As I have stated earlier in the previous email, it is the best! I have not seen anything that comes close to your material. You have taken away my frustration and made learning maths very easy and fun for me.
For me, your course explains even better than one of the high school teachers whose services I had acquired to help with my studies. I literally came from one of his classes crying, thinking that I had become so dumb that I could not comprehend a thing in what he was trying to explain.
Until I used your material, I felt that mathematics was not for "dummies" like me. Since I started using your program less than 4 weeks ago, I already feel like one of the Professors in Mathematics. I am learning from home now without any maths tutor. I love maths. You are a great teacher. Thank you very much.
I know you are wondering if this program will cover the units that you are studying.
Below is a list of all the units and the lessons contained in the units. If you are using this as a curriculum, you can see that this Algebra Course contains a very thorough study of Algebra. If you are using this as a supplement to your studies, you will find many individual lessons guaranteed to suit your needs.
You'll have instant access to all twelve units of the Algebra Class curriculum, plus a mid-term and final exam!
Think about how much it would cost to hire a tutor for one hour a week....
About $50 an hour is the going rate around here in Maryland.
That adds up to about $200 a month for just 4 hours of help.
You can have access to the hundreds of Algebra lessons in Algebra Class (for a full year) for the same exact price that you would pay for just one hour of tutoring.
YES, for just $49.99 you can have access to the entire program.
As a BONUS, I've also included the first five units of the Algebra 2 program. Algebra 2 is currently a work in progress and lessons will be added as they are completed.
If you know that you will only need the program for a few months, I also offer a monthly subscription of $9.99 per month.
(Plus you can sign up risk free. Should you not be happy at any time within the next 30 days, just send me an email and I will refund your payment promptly.)
That's right, all you have to do is choose a user name and password and you will have instant access to the entire Algebra Class curriculum! There is absolutely nothing that you have to download! It can't get much easier!
Please Note: You will not receive an actual book in the mail. This is an online course, and all materials can be saved or printed from your computer. You will access all worksheets and videos once you login to the secure online course.
If you are like me, I don't like to buy anything unless I give it a try first. I like to see what it is all about before I invest time or money into it.
So, I'm going to give you 2 free units! This way, you can try it out, see if it works for you and make sure my videos don't put you to sleep!
Click here to try the Pre-Algebra and the very first Algebra 1 unit Solving Equations.
I am a home school mom of five who struggled with finding a solid Algebra program for my older boys until I came upon your online algebra class. Your tutorials are straight forward and detailed.
Your assignments are designed in such a way that we can spend extra time on what my children need to and move on when they understand something more easily. I am a math-lover myself and am excited that you have finished Part 2 of this course.
My boys are understanding Algebra in a way that they never were able to with other courses due to the detail and care that are in each of your lessons. I also appreciate that you are available to answer questions.
My daughter is a ninth grade student attending a local high school in Toronto, Ontario. I am using the online Algebra Class to help her. She was not well prepared in Pre-Algebra, hence most of the subjects in Algebra 1 are new to her.
Algebra 1 is not a well taught subject. Her high school Math teacher does not use the method that you use, consequently, she is not grasping the subject matter thoroughly. Your step-by-step problem solving technique is helping her to understand the subject matter and individual topics.
My daughter comments that she likes your video presentations and wishes she could see a picture of you.
This e-course has helped my daughter to better understand Algebra in the following ways:
We have used other Algebra products, but this differs because Karin is the only teacher who makes my daughter feel as if she is sitting beside the teacher.
Every package is backed by my 30 day guarantee. I am so confident that you will find success with Algebra Class, that I will give you 30 full days to use the workbook and video tutorials. If for any reason, you are not satisfied, just contact me and I will promptly refund your money!
If you have questions regarding your Algebra Class purchase, you may contact me at: 410-937-8468 or you can contact me via email and I will respond in less than 24 hours.
What if I order and for some reason it doesn't work for me? We know that everyone has different learning styles. If you feel that you are not mastering Algebra 1, simply contact me (within 60 days of signing up) and I will refund your money promptly. (I've only had one return and that was because the customer thought this curriculum covered Algebra 2.)
Will I receive the books in the mail that are shown on website? No, the books are simply a graphic. This is an E-course and all of the materials can be printed. You will login and have access to all materials. Nothing will arrive in the mail.
Does this program work with Mac computers? Yes, you can use a Mac computer, a PC computer, or a tablet. All videos are formatted to be viewed on all computers.
What if I'm a teacher and need multiple logins for my students? Contact me and I will give you my group rates for schools or teachers.
What if I have trouble logging on or need technical support? Simply contact me through the website and I will respond within 24 hours, usually must sooner. I can also be reached by phone at 410-937-8468.
Do I have to use Pay Pal? No, you may use pay pal or you can use your credit card. The box below the Pay Pal payment information is the link for using your credit card.
What if I want to cancel my monthly subscription? You can login to your pay pal account at any time to cancel your automatic payments. Once you login, go to Profile and then My Money then click update on My Pre approved Payments. Here you can cancel your automatic payment to Algebra Class.
Is your payment processor secure? Yes! I use Pay Pal and it's very secure. You can verify this by checking your address bar on the payment page. It will start with https if the payment page is secure.
Can I pay by check or money order?Yes! If you are not comfortable with using your credit card or pay pal, simply contact me and I will give you an address to send the payment.
Are you studying Algebra for a short period of time? You can sign up for just $9.99 per month.
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I wish you much success in your math studies,