6/9/2014

Algebra! The word sounds so intimidating. Did you know it is derived from the Arabic word Al-Jebr, which literally means “reunion of broken parts”! Interesting, isn't it?!

Algebra is a branch of mathematics that deals with unknowns, dependent and independent variables (think x, y, z, p, q, o…Omg!). Tough? Not anymore, because online algebra help sites make it fun and easy to master this subject.

If you are a Math student and love challenges, then algebra is the right subject for you.  Even if you are new to this Mathematical adventure (think of it as an adventure, and it will definitely make the ride easier), algebra help sites make it easy to understand any concept.

As a student of Math, it is important to keep in mind a few things that will help with algebra.

·        Master the basics: Algebra has a language of its own. Learn that and get your basics right. Get help with algebra from online sites, such as algebrahelp.com and Khan Academy, to understand concepts that seem difficult. A strong base makes for a good start. So, remember, begin right!

·        Do your homework: Rework examples, go over lecture notes, and try solving problems on your own. Get help with algebra, if you need to, from online tutors or teachers and websites.

·        Practise, practise, and practise: The proverb “practice makes a man perfect” specially holds true for a Math student. The more you practice, the easier it becomes! There are algebra help sites where you can find worksheets and help with problems.

·        Focus on understanding concepts:  This is essential, since it helps one in solving any problem, big or small. If the concept is clear, solving problems becomes a breeze.

·        Ask for help: Math is not an easy subject. One must not hesitate to ask for help from teachers or peers. It’s okay to not understand a concept, but it is not okay to not ask for help!

·        Use a math guide or question papers of the previous year: Use a book/guide or past papers (answered ) to get help with algebra. I have found that this is one of the best ways to improve grades.

·        Persevere: Don’t quit until you have solved all the problems in the book! This may sound difficult, but with algebra help sites, it is fun! There are video clips and help with any and every possible problem on these sites. Try one today.

·        Flashcards: Use flashcards to memorize formulas and rules. Of course, you need to understand what is going on. Do not cram!

·        Make notes: Use a separate study book; write down everything that you understand about a particular concept with examples. Go through these notes when you attempt to solve problems. Bookmark algebra help online sites so that it’s easier to look up when you need it.

·        Make a test for yourself (or for a study partner): This is a fun way of learning and you can find numerous worksheets on algebra help sites. Ask your study partner to make a test for you as well. In this way, you will know where your problem lies and you can work on it.

·        Last but not the least: Don’t freak out. As I have said, remember to begin right. Practice everyday. Sit in a place where no one can disturb you when you practice. Get all your stuff neatly in a folder before you begin. Eat right and get your zzzz’s so that you are fresh!

There is no shortcut to success and this is true with anything that you do, not just algebra.

To quote Einstein here is the best way to sum it all up! He said,

“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”