Going into Algebra, students are expected to have well-developed basic math skills. For many though, there are still trouble spots. Here are a few areas that I’ve found can be problematic for students:

  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions.
  • Reducing, simplifying, and factoring
  • Understanding the relationships between decimals, percentages, fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers, and being able to convert between them
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with negative numbers

pic1Some students can benefit from a minor tune-up of arithmetic skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in order to ensure they have a solid foundation. In Algebra, students must be able to apply all of these skills to manipulate and solve symbolic equations involving variables. They are also responsible for organizational skills and stepwise problem-solving techniques—some of which are specific to the Common Core’s “new math—that they may not yet have had enough experience, guidance, or practice using.

When we work on problems together, I can quickly identify any areas that may need reinforcement or re-teaching. We can then pause to clear up these areas of confusion before moving forward and applying them to new material. In Algebra, the concepts are both cumulative and progressive. If your child’s questions don’t get answered, these deficits can pile up and become overwhelming. It’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Interested in experienced, empathetic in-home math tutoring for your child?
Call me today at 760-271-0147, or email darrylcifarelli@algebrageom.com