This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Help Struggling Learners Prepare for College Math, Interview with David Irving.
Help Struggling Learners Prepare for College Math, Interview with David Irving
If you are like Vicki, high school math is not your favorite subject. Whether we like it or not, Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry (at the least) are necessary for most homeschool high schoolers graduation requirements. Sometimes our teens do not like math OR are struggling learners so preparing for college math can be intimidating.
This week, Vicki is joined by David Irving of College Ready Math, who brings us some GOOD news: If your homeschool high schoolers can really get the concepts of Algebra down, they will have less trouble with the other courses. AND he has ideas on how to help struggling learners succeed.
So take a deep breath! There’s hope.
David Irving is the writer and publisher of the Parent’s Guide to Better Grades. David created this guide for parents of students in Title 1 schools in Chicago when he was single parenting a teen with ADHD. His son was struggling, so David began tutoring his son. He came up with some things that worked for his son, then later he and his new wife turned it into a guide which the schools snapped up and found success with.
David then brought the guides to schools in Detroit, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City and trained tutors in the methods that worked. The tutors went into the schools, especially those who had lots of struggling students. Then his program spread to religious and independent private schools.
David then started on online company, College Ready Math, to prepare struggling or special needs math students to be successful for the mathematics they will face in high school and college. (David has heard from college advisors that sometimes the high school math that students learn do not prepare them well for college-level mathematics courses. They sometimes need to take some remedial math courses at the local community college to catch up. David wants to save some money and time by helping homeschool high schoolers be ready to be successful in those college math courses.
David says to concentrate on Algebra. Make sure all the gaps in learning are closed (make sure there is sufficient knowledge of all the Algebra concepts). That is what David’s College Ready math program is about: filling Algebra gaps.
If you homeschool high schooler is a struggling math learner, think about spending extra time on Algebra concepts.
In David’s online program (which is a supplement to the teen’s math text), student’s start with a pretest to determine what concepts need attention. (Or students can start at the beginning for a solid review.)
Here are things that teens need to be ready for college-level math:
- Learn one concept per lesson.
- Lessons should be short.
- Work on mastery for each concept.
- Learn by video and solving problems together.
- Practice with repetition as often as necessary.
- Include test prep for the placement test many teens must take in order to know which maths in college they need (Accuplacer).
David reminds us: If a teen needs to take remedial math courses in college, they do not get college credit for those courses. They do not get credit but they must pay for the courses. So why not make sure the math concepts are solid enough that they can do well on the college placement test.
For more on what colleges are looking for check out this interview with Murray State University’s Associate Provost, Dr. Renae Duncan and our tips at 7SistersHomeschool.
Here’s a thing to note: David’s College Ready Math program is mobile phone friendly. He has found that students who do not have internet bandwidth can still easily access the lessons on their phones.
Contact David Irving and College Ready Math and join Vicki and David for some encouragement for helping struggling learners prepare for college math.
Also, here’s a timeline of important things to cover each year in high school to get ready for college and tips for finding scholarships.
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