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By Lisa Williams September 24, 2000
My Math Facts website provides a place where anyone who has a math question can be walked through that question, step by step, with an experienced guide. It does not matter if the person needing assistance is a teacher, a homeschooled mom who needs to understand the curriculum before teaching it to her children, a student who needs help with their homework or a homeschooled child working through their daily assignment. By using the email and the oneonone chat program (humanclick) I can give live walkthroughs for any type of math problem from Kindergarten through College Level Algebra, including trigonometry. Because I don't know the people who log on to the site, I need to be able to immediately answer their question and I can do this if I stick to basic math and any Algebra. I have an AD degree in Mathematics and have been tutoring about 15 years. I have worked with children with learning disabilities and have been homeschooling my own and other peoples' children for 5 years now. Following is an example of a student question submitted to me: >Ok, here is what I have. My reply:
Here is a sample
algebra problem
I worked through with one student. We worked through this step by step.
I only helped when they got stuck and made sure that they understood
what
I had done when I actually did it. I'm just summarizing here and
leaving
out their comments because it was done via the chat forum. It took a
while
for me to explain what things they had left out but the main problem
was
that they didn't understand what they were trying to do. When we
checked
the problem, unfortunately, they thought their answer was wrong.
The person needing my guidance already had it basically worked out,
until
they got to the step with 3b= 9b. Because they didn't understand
what to do at this point they discounted the possibility that the
answer
could be zero (0). So not having the usual set up really threw them off.
I would also like to add that problems like this are in most basic algebra books and they are there to see if you are thinking through the steps correctly. If you aren't then you will be thrown off. People that write the curricula do this on purpose to test your abilities.

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