Published at Wednesday, 18 September 2019. algebra. By Hilaire Breton.
Students typically take algebra in eighth or ninth grade. An important benefit of studying algebra in eighth grade is that if your child takes the PSAT as a high school sophomore, she will have taken geometry as a ninth grader. By the time she’s ready to take the SAT or ACT as a junior, she will have completed Algebra II, which is covered in both of these college admissions tests. There’s a growing movement to require algebra in seventh grade, but math educators say many seventh graders aren’t prepared for it.
“Parents should appreciate that learning mathematics is sometimes challenging,” Larson says, “and it’s not necessarily a good sign if everything is very easy. Students should be appropriately challenged to use problem-solving skills.” To do some homework of your own, Fennel suggests talking to your child and her math teacher about how homework is used. You can ask: Are homework assignments corrected and returned in a timely way?. Is homework reviewed in class so students can learn from their mistakes?. Does the teacher change the pace or direction of his or her instruction, based on student feedback? You don’t need to be a mathematician to ask good questions about your child’s curriculum, Fennel adds.
Sometimes it can seem hard work studying algebra. Hopefully at least some of the reasons below will help convince you that it is worthwhile in the end! Algebra will help you in your career, The fact is that you can’t get a good grade in your mathematics GCSE without some algebra. Getting a good math GCSE opens up more career choices, access to college, university and some apprenticeships. If you study algebra beyond GCSE all the evidence shows that A-level math and mathematical degrees help you earn more than you would otherwise.
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