This blog post is especially for those of you who just finished Geometry, and will take Algebra 2 next year, AND… if that’s not you, keep reading anyway because it probably will be someday!!
Here’s what happens: So often, students, even if they’re strong in math, start hitting a wall during the second semester of Algebra 1. The material here is the cause of many a student’s downfall in math. It’s a LOT of totally brand new material. It comes at you very fast, without a lot of time to digest it, and it assumes complete mastery of semester 1 items, which is a lot to expect without a practice strategy like what we do in Lacie sessions.
Then students often take a year away from Algebra practice to take Geometry (there’s some algebra in geometry but not enough to keep the most important Algebra 2-ready skills fresh), and by the time they take Algebra 2, which assumes complete mastery of second semester Algebra 1 items, they’re not really set up for success at all. And they probably had no idea, because their grade was probably “just fine”, maybe even great, in Algebra 1.
So now they’re in Algebra 2, and if they’re lucky, the struggle becomes evident early in the year, and so they call a tutor and if they’re lucky, they know about me and my unique practice-to-mastery approach which is more effective than tutoring, but at that point my job becomes very difficult because I have to go back and re-teach all that Algebra 1 stuff they didn’t get the first time around AND practice their current Algebra 2 skills with them, which—again—they’re not really set up to make much sense of without doing the former first.
All of this can be avoided by getting my practice-to-mastery method on Algebra 1 skills BEFORE taking Algebra 2. By the way, these are also the skills a student needs mastery of to be ready for any kind of college entrance exam or placement test (ACT, SAT, PSAT, placement tests, College Algebra readiness,…) so making the investment to get them to fluency has far-reaching benefits.
If you’re reading this and you’re already IN Algebra 2, not to worry! We have hybrid foundation-building and classroom support programs we can customize for you. And it’s worth it because like I said, these skills don’t go away. You’ll keep needing them, at least until you get your college math credit. And once you have them, all of the things between here and there (all those placement and college entrance exams) are way more fun.
Come get your Math Number to find out if you’re ready to thrive in Algebra 2.