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.
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.
I created a course titled This website shows which of my videos correspond to the chapters in the Beg/Int Algebra book by Tyler Wallace in MyOpenMath: https://sites.google.com/site/harlandclass/home/momlinks OPTION 2: To learn/study/review Beginning and/or Intermediate Algebra only by watching videos, click on https://sites.google.com/site/harlandclub/Home/math/martingay/ and watch and try all of the problems on all of my videos in order for each chapter of the book I used in my previous online algebra classes. To learn/study/review Trigonometry, do the same thing using my Trig videos at https://sites.google.com/site/harlandclub/Home/math/trig/trigbook. To learn/study/review Arithmetic or Pre-Algebra, click on https://sites.google.com/site/harlandclub/Home/math/prealgebraOPTION 3: To brush up before taking math placement tests, click on https://www.miracosta.edu/studentservices/testing/brushup.htmlOPTION 4: XYZ Textbooks may offer inexpensive short online classes (with rewards like a free math book if you do well in the course). For more info, click on http://www.xyztextbooks.com/catalog?cti=18Or try this link: http://www.xyzhomework.com/openstax |

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