Michelle S.

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Pre-Algebra

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Question:

Solve: x-3=4

Michelle S.

Answer:

Again, I would ask the student what approach they would take so that I know where they are struggling. After I find out what is causing problems, I would spend more time helping them on that step. Step 1: Get x alone by getting rid of 3: Add three to both sides of the equation. Step 2: Add and simplify: x=7

Basic Math

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Question:

John has 800 dollars in his checking account. He received from his job a check for 1,200 dollars and deposit the amount in his checking account. How much money does he have in his checking after the deposit?

Michelle S.

Answer:

I would ask the student what he/she thinks is the answer and how they came up with it. This allows me to see where they are having trouble (whether it is setting up the equation, or solving the equation). Then I would help them step by step to figure it out. Step 1: Set up the problem. Figure out which order of operation is used. 1200+800 Sep 2: Solve. There is no need for a calculator. I would write out the equation vertically and help them solve to get the correct answer: 2000.

Algebra

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Question:

How do I approach this math problem? Simplify 5(2x - (2 - 2y + 4x) + 3y)

Michelle S.

Answer:

ok, what do you think we should do first? (I give the student time to figure out how to approach the problem. Then I slowly lead them from one step to the next. From my tutoring experiences, I learned that the best way to help them learn is to let them figure out what to do.) Step 1: Rewrite Problem by simplifying: Get rid of the parenthesis inside: 5(2x-2+2y-4x+3y) Step 2: Combine the like terms in the parenthesis: 5(-2x+5y-2) Step 3: Distribute the 5: -10x+25y-10 This is the answer: (However, it would depend on the student and where they have trouble. The steps might seem simple, but we might take some time explaining each step and going back to basics (ex. pemdas, combining like terms, adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, etc.)

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