View Full Version : HELP!!!! What do you do when you are just STUCK with math?

Alice R
04-06-2013, 05:41 PM
My 14 year old son is a good student overall (no special needs etc.). We are just STUCK with pre-algebra. STUCK. I don't know what to do. How long do you watch the DVD over and over? We are using Teach Textbooks Pre-Algebra.

Do I buy another program?
Do I hire a tutor?
Do you wait and hope he gets it at a later time?

I tried looking at Khan Academy to see if I could find different explanations, a fresh approach...that was REALLY hard to match up subjects when this isn't my strong area to begin with and I am very jammed up with time. Is there a trick for finding subjects?

At his age he should be in Algebra but I let him go slowly rather than push him a long just for the sake of "getting it done" so I don't have tons of time to play with...he needs to move along. :eyes:


Becky in CA
04-06-2013, 08:15 PM
What lesson are you on? We only use the books. I'm glad, too, because there were a lot of the explanations that seemed way more complicated than they had to be. Maybe I can help if I know what lesson. I can, at least, try.

04-06-2013, 08:26 PM
Have you thought about Life of Fred? It approaches things very differently and it is also self taught -that is, your son should just be able to read / work through the books alone.

Ginger Lynn
04-06-2013, 08:40 PM
We are stuck too and like you, running out of time. We are about to start using Math Relief, as soon as we get it in the mail. I don't know much about it, but what I have read has been good. I know that doesn't help you much, but your not alone, if that helps.

04-06-2013, 09:00 PM
http://www.phschool.com/webcodes10/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.gotoWebCode&wcprefix=adk&wcsuffix=0099 (http://www.phschool.com/webcodes10/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.gotoWebCode&wcprefix=adk&wcsuffix=0099)
http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/hcpsalgebra1/ (http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/hcpsalgebra1/)

04-07-2013, 01:59 AM
My son has been doing TT since math 5. He's alg 1 right now. Several times over the years, he has gotten stuck at various times and after some agony I chose to just stick it out. Have you watched the solutions for the problems he's getting wrong?

One thing to try is drop math for a week or two. Just take a break. Just because the book has xx number of lessons in it, doesn't mean that it has to be completed by x date. We Homeschool so that we don't have to conform to only one way of learning, only one schedule, etc.

Merrilee Morse
04-19-2013, 07:44 PM
I am coming in on this one late, but I had the same issues with Ryan. We use TT as well, and he was getting nowhere. Frustration rising, I even thought about trying community college for him. Understand, my own math skills are zero so I cannot help him. At all. I finally did find a tutor who was willing to pay whatever I could afford. Her husband lost his job and the family has seven children so they were really struggling. This woman was a Biology major at Stanford and can comfortably teach through calculus, and she has done wonders with Ryan, and even says he might do well to major in math once he gets over his hurdles, because he has a genuinely logical mind. All that to say that hiring a tutor was a Godsend for us, and it might be just the thing for your son. Having another voice, a different point of view, could cause a breakthrough. I strongly recommend it.