Article Summary: "One of the biggest problems
is that there are so many different concepts and equations in algebra and
in order to be successful you have to understand the entirety of it or you
will not be able to figure out which procedure to use."
Many people have difficulties in the area of algebra mathematics. Many attempts to read books attend lessons and research the web to find information, interactive lessons and websites that could help them improve their algebra skills. Interactive learning is a lot more fun than reading algebra books but is that enough to make someone good at algebra? The concept of algebra has to be fully understood before one can have full knowledge of mathematics. Algebra is only going to become more advanced as the years of school pass and if one has not gained full knowledge of it at its most basic level, it will be impossible to venture on. You have to algebra one step at a time. If you do these steps over and over, your brain will start to adjust and you will like it. In fact, if you successfully learn a few algebra concepts then you'll want to have more. Practice is really important in algebra and you can't expect to learn everything from online courses or tutorials. You need to go through the concepts and the principles of algebra again and again in order to learn them.
Since practice makes perfect, one effective method is to use your text book and write on paper all of the concepts along with equations that represent that concept. Keep each concept on a different sheet. Take notes and write down your opinion for every equation or algebra concept. You may not like it at first, but the more you practice and use this personal algebra notebook the better for you. You must be patient because at first it might seem like you are never going to be able to figure out how all of these numbers plug into one and other, so don't rush, remember that learning algebra takes time.
There are thousands of algebra books out there that break down algebra to its easiest components. Many learning styles in these books are different so take the time to go through them and find one that looks like you might understand or one that accommodates your learning style. Many books explain some algebra concepts better than other. Choose a variety of books or online courses. You can get a live tutor. It will be much easier to learn from someone who's already familiar with the concepts of algebra. There are online communities where people discuss their algebra problems and help each other. Remember though that even if you are a member of one the many popular interactive algebra communities you still need to study and practice a lot.
One of the biggest problems is that there are so many different concepts and equations in algebra and in order to be successful you have to understand the entirety of it or you will not be able to figure out which procedure to use. You learned the order of operations years ago and that is one key tool for algebra. This tool allows you to understand which process happens first and so on. PEMDAS is a very valuable tool. If you do not understand the common basics of algebra then you will literally be lost forever when it comes to this subject. Being lost in the early stages of algebra can be disastrous because there are many years of advanced algebra just knocking on your door. Once you become more confident and your comfort level increases, you can actually strengthen it by trying to apply simple algebraic applications to everyday life. You will soon find out that algebra is not quite as difficult as you may have once thought.