**I truly believe just about anyone CAN learn and get good at math, especially algebra.** It's really fun once you understand it. But math is cumulative, so you need to be prepared as you move on by being confident with previous material. I provide many videos to help you with the topics from arithmetic through algebra. I don't cover too much on basic arithmetic (adding, multiplying, subtracting, dividing) but do provide some alternate methods for doing those "operations."

So it's important to first get good at basic arithmetic. From there, you should be comfortable working with parentheses, exponents, and know the order of operations. Understanding how to compute with fractions, decimals, percents, and negative numbers is crucial as well. It's also useful to know some very basic geometry like perimeter and area of rectangles of triangles, and circumference and area of a circle.If you master all of these concepts, you should be prepared for algebra.

Taking a class is very different than learning on your own with all the resources available. In a class, there is a timetable. You need to devote many hours per week, keep up with assignments, and do well on tests. Many students don't have the time or will to do what it takes to do that. But that does not mean they can't learn it. It means they can't learn it in that way at that time. But you CAN study arithmetic, prealgebra, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, and beyond on your own at your own pace. If your goal is to take a college class, then when you do master the material at a certain level, you can take a placement test. I've provided many videos for you to learn on your own at your own pace, and there are free online resources where you can work problems. See especially Option 1 below.

**CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS**: I use free software for my online classes. If you want to create an account to check out the software and get a feel for what the system is like, see Option 1 below and enroll in a self-study course. Those are not monitored or graded. To take a real class from me, you'll need to enroll in a course in MyOpenMath using a course ID provided by me for a class you are officially enrolled in.

There is a Bridge to Success in Math Program for students at MiraCosta to help prepare students to take the placement exam. Email studentsuccess@miracosta.edu for info, or contact the Testing Office. You can also access their website at http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/mathematics/bridgetosuccess-team.html.

**OPTION 1 for learning on your own using free software**: MyOpenMath (MOM for short) is a free resource online where you may learn on your own by reading a free online textbook, watching videos, and trying online problems which are immediately graded. These are not real classes, and there is no instructor. Click on https://www.myopenmath.com/info/selfstudy.php for more info. Go to www.MyOpenMath.com to register as a new student, or log on if you already have an account. Then Click on Enroll in a New Course. Use the pull down menu to enroll in a ready-made self-study course, or the one I highlight below.

I created a course titled *Elem Alg on your own 14512* that contains the same homework I assigned in my Elementary Algebra class. If interested, the course ID is 14512.

## I created a course titled *Int Alg on your own 24221* that will eventually contain the same homework I assign in my Intermediate Algebra class. If interested, the course ID is 24221