# Tutor profile: Margaret P.

## Questions

### Subject: Pre-Algebra

8th grade parent's beginning of the year question: What, exactly, is meant by Pre-Algebra?

Pre-Algebra is a type of Math usually taught at this grade level. Oftentimes, only those who have shown a strong grasp of math concepts are' placed' into a Pre-Algebra course at this time. Others will still be taught 8th grade Math; however, they will begin their Pre-Algebra course in 9th grade.

### Subject: Basic Math

Parent to a teacher: Why isn't my child doing more pages of computational problems? Everything seems like it has to do with problem solving.

When a child begins to learn to 'do' Math, the basics are important. However, when a standard workbook has 50 subtraction problems on one page, there is no benefit to having a child complete all 50 of the same types of problems if they have shown mastery in 10 or fewer problems.

### Subject: Algebra

This may be a question that a parent would have for their child's Algebra teacher: I have one child in Middle School and one child in High School. Both children are struggling with Algebra 1. How can I help?

In my experience as both a teacher and tutor of Algebra 1, I have met a lot of parents who struggle, right along with their children with this subject. The situation itself is difficult and definitely can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, especially in the home. I would suggest trying to do the following to help your children who are frustrated and/or having difficulty: -Find somewhere, free of MOST distractions, where you can sit together -The homework, class notes, textbooks, and any other materials should be out and in front of you -The parent who will be helping the student(s) should first look over the teacher's notes as well as examples from the textbook. If the parent isn't comfortable or doesn't feel like he or she has grasped the knowledge having used those suggestions, then he or she should feel free to take advantage of any technological routes they can - in helping themselves learn the concepts - before trying to help the child(ren) *Please remember, this should work; however, the child(ren) must be willing to work with the parent. And, that, is what I have found is the underlying issue.....most children do NOT work well with their own parents. Most parents do NOT work well with their own children. This is when outside tutoring would be beneficial. *

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