I want to self teach College Algebra but I don't know how?

In summary, the individual is enrolled in College Algebra for the upcoming winter semester to refresh their Algebra skills and work as a tutor at a local community college. They are looking for book recommendations and have been suggested to check out Khan's Academy and MathIsPower4U for videos on teaching concepts. They are also considering getting Schaum's Outline on College Algebra or another Algebra review book to supplement their learning. Lastly, they have been recommended another Schaum's book for reference on applied math formulas and calculus derivations.
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I was enrolled in College Algebra for this upcoming winter because the hours will overlap with the class that I enrolled for spring.

The reason why I want to learn this, is to refresh my Algebra skills, since I forgot most of it (I only remember matrices, radicals and identities). The purpose is to work as a tutor in a math workshop at my local community college.

I was wondering if you guys would recommend a book for College Algebra, or if there are betyer suggestions, that would be highly appreciated.
 
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Check out Khan's Academy or MathIsPower4U both have good videos that can teach you the concepts and teach you how to teach the concepts as a tutor.

You could also get Schaum's Outline on College Algebra or some other Algebra review book to go along with it. The review book will help with framing the solution so its more teachable.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra

http://mathispower4u.yolasite.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071821813/?tag=pfamazon01-20

and this book had really good ratings:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0471530123/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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Yeah, the Schaum's outline was one of those books I was considering and still in mind. Thanks for the recommendation. The Khan academy is another website I will look at as well
jedishrfu said:
Check out Khan's Academy or MathIsPower4U both have good videos that can teach you the concepts and teach you how to teach the concepts as a tutor.

You could also get Schaum's Outline on College Algebra or some other Algebra review book to go along with it. The review book will help with framing the solution so its more teachable.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra

http://mathispower4u.yolasite.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071821813/?tag=pfamazon01-20

and this book had really good ratings:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0471530123/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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I understand the importance of continuous learning and refreshing our knowledge and skills. It is commendable that you have identified the need to brush up on your Algebra skills and have taken the initiative to self-teach College Algebra.

Firstly, I would recommend reaching out to your local community college or university to see if they offer any resources or materials for self-study in College Algebra. They may have textbooks or online resources available for purchase or for free. Additionally, they may have tutoring services or study groups that you can join to enhance your learning experience.

In terms of book recommendations, it is important to choose a book that aligns with your learning style and goals. Some popular options for self-teaching College Algebra include "College Algebra in Context" by Ronald J. Harshbarger and Lisa S. Yocco, "Algebra for College Students" by Jerome E. Kaufmann and Karen L. Schwitters, and "College Algebra Demystified" by Rhonda Huettenmueller. It would also be beneficial to browse through reviews and ratings of these books to see which one may be the best fit for you.

In addition to textbooks, there are also numerous online resources available for self-study in College Algebra, such as Khan Academy, MathIsFun, and MathHelp.com. These websites offer interactive lessons, practice problems, and quizzes to help you improve your skills.

Lastly, as you mentioned your goal of becoming a math tutor, I would suggest reaching out to your local community college or university to inquire about any training or certification programs they may offer for tutors. This will not only enhance your own understanding of College Algebra, but also provide you with the necessary skills to effectively tutor others.

Overall, I applaud your determination to self-teach College Algebra and I am confident that with the right resources and dedication, you will achieve your goal of becoming a math tutor. Best of luck in your learning journey!
 

1. How do I get started with self-teaching College Algebra?

The first step to self-teaching College Algebra is to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts and topics covered in the course. You can do this by finding online resources or textbooks that provide a comprehensive overview of College Algebra. You may also want to reach out to a math tutor or join a study group for additional support.

2. Do I need any prior knowledge or math background to self-teach College Algebra?

While it is helpful to have a basic understanding of algebra and geometry, it is not necessary to have a strong math background to self-teach College Algebra. With dedication and determination, anyone can learn College Algebra.

3. Are there any recommended resources or materials for self-teaching College Algebra?

There are many resources available online and in textbooks for self-teaching College Algebra. Some popular options include Khan Academy, Coursera, and OpenStax. It is also recommended to have a good calculator and plenty of practice problems.

4. How long does it take to self-teach College Algebra?

The time it takes to self-teach College Algebra can vary depending on your prior knowledge, the amount of time you dedicate to studying, and your learning style. On average, it may take a few months to fully grasp the concepts and be proficient in solving problems.

5. What are some tips for successfully self-teaching College Algebra?

Some tips for successfully self-teaching College Algebra include setting a schedule for studying, breaking down the material into manageable chunks, practicing regularly, and seeking help when needed. It is also important to stay motivated and not get discouraged by challenges or setbacks.

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