Sylvan Learning Fit 4 Algebra Blog Tour : Are Your Children Ready For Algebra?

My son, Josiah, began preschool this year and, as the year has progressed, I've been sent updates on his progress. They have already began teaching letters, writing, cursive, and, of course mathematics. Then, last week I visited my nephew and was given the chore of checking his homework which ended up being Algebra!! I was immediately reminded of my middle school and high school years and the difficulty I had in all of my math classes. In 7th grade, I was given the opportunity to begin Algebra early, which ended up being a huge mistake. Once I began, I was stuck and it became obvious that my skills were not strong enough. I wasn't ready or prepared. I had no idea what I was doing and just couldn't grasp the materials. My parents were just as lost as I was, which is the case for six out of ten parents. Seven in ten parents believe helping children with Algebra is much more difficult than teaching their kids how to drive! Parents are just as intimidated by Algebra as children, maybe even more so! Now, there is hope for our children and a great way to make sure they are ready and prepared for Algebra with the Sylvan Learning Fit 4 Algebra screener.

Sylvan Learning now offers a wonderful pre-screening test through their website called the Sylvan Learning Fit 4 Algebra screener. All parents need to do is set up an account, enter your child's information and get them ready for the assessment. The short test only takes around 10-15 minutes and helps parents get a better idea of their child's mathematical skills, what they are really great at and what needs improvement. I set up an account and took the screener just out of curiosity and was impressed. I was expecting the results just to tell me if I was ready for Algebra, but it gave me much more detailed results about my strengths and weaknesses,  offered suggestions, and included links to videos on each of the skills.

I think this screener is something all parents should try out for their children. Seriously, it can help them prepare for Algebra and have a better idea of what to expect. It can also give parents a better idea of what they should focus on to prepare children. I learned from my own experience just how devastating failure can be for a child. Not only did I fail my classes miserably (and I was a straight A student), but it completely shattered my ego. It also set me back drastically in my classes. Since I didn't continue on to a higher level Algebra class the next year, I was put in a very low level math class that still focused on counting money. Not until the 10th grade was I appropriately placed in Euclidean Geometry. It took me 2 years to get back to where I was!

So, parents with children who are close to beginning Algebra, take a few minutes to read about Sylvan Learning Fit 4 Algebra screener. The screener can help put them on the right path for their future, as Algebra is very important not only in school, but for other testing (SAT/GRE), college placement and career opportunities. Success in Algebra can also have a positive effect on grades in other classes! Plus, imagine your children being in your shoes one day. They will have the skills needed to properly help their own children succeed in Algebra.

In addition to the screener, Sylvan Learning offers a variety of tutoring resources up to a 12th grade level. With over 900 locations throughout North America and resources also available online, they can help you help your children. My parents finally got me the tutoring I needed for Algebra and once it clicked in my brain my confidence returned and it felt so great to finally get the materials. Now I love Algebra and look at it as a challenge rather than a nightmare! It's a wonderful feeling and all children should have this chance to change a nightmare into a challenge worth successfully completing!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Sylvan Learning and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate


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