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How do I get better at Pre-Algebra?
To get better at any kind of math, you must take time to practice. Video lessons are not enough. If you want to ace Pre-Algebra, look for a stand-alone course that includes practice problems with complete audio explanations along with printable extra problems and notes.
I am a 50+ who decided to go back to school late in life. I need to take College Algebra to obtain my degree. To avoid prerequisite math classes, I needed to pass their placement test.It has been a “a few years” since I took a math class. I needed to study and searched for online courses. I came across many sites, but Mathhelp.com had the best setup, so I signed up. The course covers everything you will need to know. I went through the entire course and took the final exam a few times as reinforcement.The courses are put together in an easy-to-follow manner and provide everything you will need to pass any math test. The layout was easy to follow. The video, followed by practice, followed by the questions were so easy to follow. It is all on one page. There is no navigating back and forth. If you get one wrong, you are given a step-by-step explanation on how to get the correct answer. The reinforcement of each concept is helpful. The videos really make it so easy to learn. The three instructors are great and teach each subject clearly and in a detailed manner.Whether your child is struggling in elementary school, or you are a college student who needs some extra help, Mathhelp.com is the solution to your needs.I aced my placement test. I now feel fully prepared for the College Algebra class I'm taking next semester. I highly recommend this course. My College Algebra course went well thanks to your program. The most helpful elements to me were the multiple videos of explanations that started off extremely basic and built up difficulty. I do not learn very well when I get blasted in the face with information then an overly difficult problem. Also the practice tests helped with learning and then performing which helped me retain the lesson.
15:50 30 May 22
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13:21 02 Apr 22
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12:19 31 Mar 22
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03:42 16 Feb 22
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20:38 17 Jan 22
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16:34 13 Jan 22
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15:36 30 Sep 21
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18:13 19 Aug 21
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16:54 20 Jun 21
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16:21 09 Dec 20
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00:21 28 Nov 20
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21:35 11 Nov 20
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17:45 26 Aug 20
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15:52 13 Aug 20
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13:38 07 Aug 20
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16:15 07 Jun 20
I have been out of high school for 30+ years and am going to take a few college courses. I took a practice Accuplacer test and realized that I did not remember hardly any of my high school math so I took the Accuplacer College Level Math prep course. I placed past College Algebra and into Trig with the help of the course.
19:53 01 Mar 20
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23:43 20 Jan 20
The preparation for the Accuplacer provided me the ability to do so well on the Accuplacer exam that I was asked to skip College Algebra and go straight into Applied Calculus.
13:32 20 Jan 20
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21:11 22 Nov 19
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16:01 07 Nov 19
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12:13 24 Aug 19
Excellent math program! I'm learning along with my kids since I only took Algebra I and Geometry and that was decades ago (I'm an English teacher, not a math teacher!). We can fast forward or review lessons to go at a pace that's just right. The explanations are clear and precise. Having the ability to move between courses is the best part -- Algebra one day and Geometry the next.
00:06 23 Jul 19
I passed my NES test. This program was user friendly and a great resource. Most helpful were the linear equations, systems of linear equations, factorization, percents and geometry. I thought they were excellent. I would recommend your program to anyone taking the NES test.
14:04 11 Jul 19
The course was very helpful for my son who needed to retake prealgebra and didn't really understand it. The video explanations were helpful and we just printed off the worksheets for the main work.
03:47 10 Jun 19
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12:50 03 Jun 19
How do you study for Pre-Algebra?
To study for Pre-Algebra, it is essential to practice after each new lesson. The best approach is to use an online course that provides all of the features listed below.
- Video instruction
- Background lessons
- Guided practice
- Printable lesson notes
- Printable worksheets for extra problems
- Diagnostic quizzes
- Interactive tests
- Cumulative review
- Comprehensive grade reports
What grade level is Pre-Algebra?
Students typically take Pre-Algebra as their 7th or 8th grade math course. However, it might also be offered in 6th grade for those on an advanced track or in 9th grade for students who need more time. Many adults also take the class before attempting college level math.
Why is Pre-Algebra so hard?
The reason the course might seem hard is that it requires algebraic thinking, which is often new for students. Moreover, working with ratios and proportions may be difficult, especially for those who have not mastered fractions. Look for Pre-Algebra help that includes background lessons to build foundational skills and online instruction to guide you along the way.
Is Pre-Algebra harder than Algebra?
Pre-Algebra can seem harder to students because it’s the first time they’re asked to think algebraically. However, Algebra is generally considered to be a harder class because it includes more concepts at a more complex level.
What is taught in Pre-Algebra?
In Pre-Algebra lessons, students are taught the skills necessary to be successful when they move on to Algebra and subsequent math courses. A study guide for this class should include the following concepts.
- Operations with whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals
- Powers and roots
- Properties of real numbers and order of operations
- Ratio, rate, proportion, and percent
- Algebraic thinking such as patterns, variables, simplifying expressions, and solving equations
- Geometry concepts including lines, angles, polygons, measurement, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem
- Data representation, basic statistics, and simple probability
Is Pre-Algebra necessary?
Although it may not be necessary for every student to take Pre-Algebra, it provides a solid foundation that’s critical for success in future math classes. It also helps students overcome the initial difficulties they often experience in Algebra.
What should I learn before Pre-Algebra?
Before taking Pre-Algebra, you should have a solid foundation in arithmetic skills as well as familiarity with the skills listed below. A math program covering these concepts will get you ready to pass the course.
- Perform operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
- Convert between fractions, decimals, and percents
- Solve word problems using the four operations
- Evaluate numeric expressions with exponents
- Compare numbers using inequality symbols
- Basic knowledge of geometric shapes and measurement such as perimeter and area
- Recognize patterns
What comes after Pre-Algebra?
After Pre-Algebra, which provides the basic skills, students are ready to take high school math. The usual high school sequence is shown below.
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Calculus (offered in special high school programs)
How do you solve Pre-Algebra problems?
If you’re wondering how to do Pre-Algebra problems, one way is to follow the steps in the examples provided in your textbook. If you have trouble working with a traditional book, an online program that provides guided practice along with audio explanations might be a better approach.
Can you learn Pre-Algebra by yourself?
With enough instruction and practice, you can learn Pre-Algebra by yourself. A curriculum with a teacher inside every lesson, as well as diagnostic quizzes, cumulative review, and interactive tests is a great way to get all the help you’ll need.
How much does a Pre-Algebra tutor cost?
The average cost for a Pre-Algebra tutor is $50 per hour. However, depending on where you live and the qualifications of the instructor, the cost can vary from $25 to $100 per hour. Fortunately, there are also online options that offer the effectiveness of private tutoring at a more affordable price.
What makes Pre-Algebra from MathHelp different?
Unlike other programs, MathHelp was developed by a teacher from one of the top private schools in the country. The instruction and practice are therefore of the highest possible quality. Homeschool families can immediately upgrade their math curriculum to a world-class level, and any parent can provide his or her child with the equivalent of a $20,000-a-year private school education for a tiny fraction of the cost.