Math Success Begins With Algebra

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In today’s society, everyone, not just those who are mathematically inclined, must understand algebraic concepts and be able to work with technology. Success in algebra often translates to success in college, so it is very important for today’s students to do their best with this critical subject.

“Students who take advanced mathematics courses during high school, and begin to study algebra during middle school, are at an advantage,” says Judy A. Brown, manager of math education at Sylvan Learning. “Traditionally, students cannot take a higher-level mathematics class in high school until they have successfully completed Algebra 1.”

What Parents Can Do

Sylvan Learning, the nation’s leader in K-12 supplemental education, believes parents can nurture algebraic comprehension by blending common sense and state-of-the-art technology to ensure a positive learning experience.

– Encourage children to take algebra early in their educational careers if they are academically ready. Students who do not take courses covering algebraic concepts early risk missing important opportunities for growth. By the end of junior and senior years, students who have not planned ahead have fewer class options and may not be able to complete prerequisite courses. This can restrict a student’s college options and career.

– Persuade children to take additional math classes. Many students indicate that they do not plan to take math classes beyond their school requirements. Math offers critical learning skills that are needed throughout life. Brown states, “Success in algebra correlates with success in higher education and learning reasoning skills. Taking additional math classes helps children to become logical, independent thinkers.”

– Incorporate technology. Technology should support math instruction, and students should be encouraged to use the modern tools at their disposal to gain an understanding of the underlying reasoning and computations used in problem-solving. Educators believe that infusing electronic learning aids during in-school math instruction and homework completion is advantageous because it allows students to easily absorb and retain crucial math concepts.

According to research from Ohio State University’s Center for Cognitive Science, math technology and how-to instructional videos allow students to “come to the understanding themselves using their critical thinking skills instead of relying on memorization.”

To obtain step-by-step instructional math videos based on American math textbooks, visit To obtain educational resources to help students in grades K-12 learn the math skills needed for success, visit the “Math” area of or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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