# 4 Tips for Improving your Algebra Skills

For many students, Algebra can take some getting used to. The combination of abstract theory and substitution can present a challenge even to students who have succeeded in previous math courses. The biggest hurdle for many is not the equations, but the procedure of using them. It is important, especially in the beginning, to become more comfortable with the process of solving the problems rather than getting the right answer. In other words, it takes more than just knowing the equation to solve a problem; one must be able to use it. Here are some tips to help you.

# 4 Tips for Improving your Algebra Skills

Last Updated on June 15th, 2021 by Firefly Tutors

4 Tips for Improving your Algebra Skills

For many students, Algebra can take some getting used to. The combination of abstract theory and substitution can present a challenge even to students who have succeeded in previous math courses. The biggest hurdle for many is not the equations, but the procedure of using them. It is important, especially in the beginning, to become more comfortable with the process of solving the problems rather than getting the right answer. In other words, it takes more than just knowing the equation to solve a problem; one must be able to use it. Here are some tips to help you.

1.       Work backwards

One way to understand Algebra is by taking a problem that you already have the equation to and working backwards. Use a sample problem from the book and go through each of the steps to solve the equation backwards. Not only will this provide a new perspective on the problem, but it will also help you become familiar with the later steps of the process.

2.       Teach it

Once a student has learned the basics of Algebra, a good way to refine that knowledge is by teaching it to a tutor or parent. This process might take several tries, but it helps to reinforce the student’s correct ideas while getting rid of mistakes. This requires patience and can be difficult, but there are few exercises that can build confidence with a subject faster!

3.       Break it down

As the Algebra problems become more complex, they can feel more and more intimidating. Try splitting up the problems. On a separate piece of paper, work on just one set of brackets or parentheses at a time. The problems will seem much less imposing when broken down into smaller, easier to swallow segments. Just make sure that you work on each part, in the correct order.

4.       Get some help

Working with a qualified Tutor can be immensely helpful when dealing with Algebra. In Irvine, we work with students every day to provide them with the tools and mastery they need to excel in their studies and on their exams. Working with a Tutor increases confidence when learning Algebra, and confidence can be useful with any equation!

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