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When your child hits the higher levels of math and gets stuck…we may panic.
Where can we get help? Better yet where can we go for help that is budget friendly?
Tutors are expensive. Programs vary. There is always that fear that it won’t work.
He is not one to make snap decisions. Ever.
If you ask him what he wants you might as well wait at least 30 minutes because he has to think, research and then decide.
But it has come in handy.
I’ve touched on how my daughter struggles with math. We’ve gone through many programs both free and paid. Some worked for a while. Some didn’t.
My son has taken it upon himself to sit for hours by her side and walk her through the concepts over and over again.
But he went one step more.
He researched and gave her a list of his all-time favorite math help sites. All of them are free!
I get asked for this list all the time so I decided it is time for me to share them with you.
I’m going to include his “thoughts” on them so please don’t judge me! LOL!
Khan Academy (YouTube)
“Their worked examples can help you understand the formula. Make sure you go to YouTube, not Khan Academy.org.”
Khan Academy has their YouTube Channels organized pretty well, the playlist area is my favorite.
My son mentioned their Worked Examples which can be found starting here.
I used the search feature and here is where you want to start with Algebra.
However, while you are there be sure to look around. They cover a lot of topics!
“Get through the cringe, it is worth it. For Algebra 1- Algebra 2. If you are doing it, they can probably help.”
He uses a whiteboard to explain things nicely. The great thing about video is you can pause, stop and rewind as much as you like!
Do You Need A YouTube Account?
I’ve asked my kids if you need a YouTube account to watch videos on YouTube.
They have repeatedly told me no. However if you want to “subscribe” to a channel to get notifications when they have a new video you do need an account.
Math Is Fun.com
“They have mobile-friendly lessons on everything. Plus nifty little “Try for Yourself” things.”
Mathisfun.com has a lot of information. Not only will you find help for high level math but there are printable sheets, games and more!
I did not find the “Try for Yourself” but I did locate the “Your Turn” so he may have the wording wrong. Just a heads up if you are looking for exact wording. 😉
“Locate where you are and read. For Pre-Algebra – Pre-Calculus.”
Whoa! CoolMath.com is bright!
It really breaks each problem down and uses step by step approach. Not video based but well designed.
At the end of the lesson there is a “Your turn” section for review.
There are also games which may help with practicing math skills.
Free Online Calculator
My son does not use a calculator in his math but he found this site with 11 different online Calculators for his sister who does.
If you need a calculator, chances are you can find one there.
There are a ton of other free online math resources out there but these are his tried and true favorites.
I hope that helps you out!
PS. Make technology work for you not against you. I use online programs to help me teach my kids when I am at work. If you are looking for a full PreK-12 Online Curriculum, you’ll want to check this list!