Depending on your chosen program in College or University, mathematics can be very important in achieving college readiness. Colleges and Universities look for higher-level courses when reviewing high school transcripts, so early proficiency in Algebra can be an indicator of college readiness. In fact, students who complete Algebra II are more than twice as likely to graduate from college compared to students with less mathematical preparation. Many students, who graduate the high school with weaker math preparation have to take remedial math courses in college, making getting a degree a longer, more expensive process. 2008 U.S. Department of Education report indicates that 21 percent of all first year students have taken at least one remedial course in College. A report from the US National Center for Academic Transformation indicates that at many community colleges it takes students about 2½ tries to pass introductory math courses. The situation is not significantly different in Canada. It is much easier and cheaper to learn the math first time than to relearn (and pay more for) it later!
By some estimates the math-dependent employment fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are outpacing overall job growth at a rate three times faster than other fields. The increased implementation of technology in all aspects of life has increased the need for math in all fields, including fields that were not math dependent before, such as car mechanic, dental technician, marketer, musician, movie director, nurse, race car driver, teacher, and so on. You name it, and you will name a field of human endeavor that is math dependent. Students that are prepared in mathematics will be better equipped in any career they choose.
Even if your child is not planning to pursue a career in any of the STEM fields, he or she should still take Algebra. A well-educated, cultured professional in any field, must be proficient in Mathematics, and especially in Algebra, because it permeates all aspects of life, business, and employment.
Comparing and converting
Ratios and proportions.
Problems develop when a child takes Algebra without developing critical skills. Once your child encounters difficulties in understanding in Algebra, it becomes more difficult to counter the negative view of mathematics and the child's inability to solve mathematical problems.
Once your child begins Algebra, monitor your child's progress. Ask to see the homework and the classwork and have your child explain a few of the problems and solutions to you. A successful student should know definitions, be able to prove relevant theorems, and be able to apply the knowledge to problem solving. Regularly check with your child’s teacher and do not hesitate to contact us either by phone (416.727.4220) or by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org to seek help if you notice that your child is beginning to struggle.
There are many resources (either in print or on the web) which includes video lessons, fun and engaging online mathematical challenges, entertaining games, interactive concept tutorials, books, question and answer sites, and tutor pages. If you’re looking to help your child get strong in Algebra (or any other subject for that matter), SMART CHOICE TUTORING™ is here to help.