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Pre-Algebra teaches the fundamental skills that students need in high school math, so there is quite a bit of jumping around from topic to topic in most classrooms. Here are some of the topics that your student might explore:

1. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

In mathematics, a ratio may be defined as the relationship between two numbers indicating how many times the first number contains the other. For example, a recipe calling for a 1:3 ratio of sugar to flour means that you need three times as much flour as sugar. A percent is a number or ratio expressed as a fraction of 100. This can be an effective means to illustrate a part of a larger whole rather than working in more absolute terms. For instance, you are much more likely to say "half a pizza" than express a quantity of pizza in inches.

2. Order of Operations

If a single math problem has multiple operations, order of operations dictates which order they should be performed in. Anything in parenthesis goes first, followed by exponents. Multiplication and division are tied for third in priority, so students should do whichever appears in the equation first. Addition and subtraction are also tied, and are the last operations to be performed. This order is commonly taught through the acronym, PEMDAS.

3. Square Roots and Irrational Numbers

The square root of a number is the number that must be multiplied by itself to produce the first number. For example, the square root of nine is three because 3 x 3 = 9. Negative numbers also produce positive numbers when multiplied by themselves, so -3 x -3 also equals nine. As such, -3 is also a square root of 9. If you are working with a number whose square root is not a whole integer such as 8, it may be expressed as an irrational number inside a radical sign.

4. Functions

A mathematical function is the relationship of each element of set x (denoted as x) to set y (denoted as y). For instance, if f(x) = 2y, each element of set x is two times the value of set y. All functions may be graphed to illustrate the corresponding relationship, providing Pre-Algebra students with an introduction to graphing algebraic concepts.

5. Inequalities

Finally, a mathematical inequality is the relationship that holds between two values when they are different. We know for sure that the two values are unequal, but we cannot make any further judgments regarding the value of one compared to the other without additional information. For example, the symbol < means "less than" because the value of the left side is lower than that on the right. The symbol > means the opposite. Some instructors approach this by saying that the symbol is hungry and wants to "eat" the larger number, pointing its mouth in that direction.

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Your student's classroom instructor would like to spend time with each student on an individual basis, but the length of the school year and the number of students each teacher is responsible for usually make this impossible. A Prealgebra tutor can supplement your student's classroom instruction to better prepare them for more advanced math classes.

For example, some students are hesitant to ask for help when all of their friends are with them. A private instructor provides a one-on-one learning environment where student questions are welcomed and even encouraged, making it easier for your student to ask for clarification before a misunderstanding can spiral out of control. Assignments can also be returned with feedback promptly, allowing your student to make any necessary corrections while the material is still fresh in their mind.

If your student has a learning obstacle resulting from not mastering concepts taught in previous math courses, a Pre-Algebra tutor provides the flexibility to go back and review those concepts before returning to age-appropriate material. For example, your student can go over multiplication tables or how to read a graph if they need a refresher on those concepts.

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If your student has a hard time relating to mathematics, their instructor might try incorporating their interests into study sessions to make them more engaging. For example, a sports fans might use their favorite team's statistics to generate practice problems, while another student use their siblings as the subjects of word problems to make them more interesting. Music can also be an engaging way to introduce concepts to younger students.

Your student's private instructor can also provide materials to help them make the most of independent study time. Interactive games can be a fun way for your student to gain mathematical experience. You can also receive regular progress reports on how your student is faring, so you always know where they are progressing and any areas that could benefit from a bit more work.

What are the benefits of studying Prealgebra?

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