In simple terms, algebra is the art of finding X. So, what the heck is X? Well, it depends, and you’ll need some solid algebra skills to find out. Students are introduced to algebra as early as grade 3 in some cases (although the teachers might not call it algebra at that point), and it only gets more difficult at higher grades. That means it’s important to develop strong habits at the outset. The right algebra tutor can be the X-factor in a child’s education.

## What is Algebra?

The word “algebra” can be enough to conjure up bitter feelings in the minds of students and parents alike—it might as well be an eXpletive! However, algebra, especially with the help of an algebra tutor, can be eXtremely useful (and fun too). Consider the following:

1 + _ = 3

Pretty easy, right? Now, if you replace that blank space with an X, you’re doing algebra.

1 + X = 3

It’s the same thing! Of course, algebra can be much more complicated than that, but the right algebra tutor can make the toughest questions seem just as easy. The tougher questions are the ones applicable to real-life scenarios, and this universal functionality is what makes algebra so useful.

## Why is Algebra Important?

Algebra eXists everywhere, but we don’t often think about it. Planning a wedding, calculating how much gasoline is needed for a road trip, and predicting how long it will take to read a book are all scenarios capable of being modeled with algebra. There are countless others, but we’ll let your algebra tutor elaborate on those. Beyond everyday situations, here are some reasons to practice algebra.

#### Get Accepted into Your Dream School

Even if your post-secondary plans don’t directly involve algebra, colleges and universities highly value eXceptional math grades. If you can prove you have the algebra skills to succeed in high school math courses, post-secondary institutions will be champing at the bit to admit you to their programs. The right algebra tutor can help you achieve this!

#### Career Opportunities

If you’re interested in a math-based career, algebra is invaluable. Algebra forms the foundation for all the math you’ll be doing, so it’s important to have a handle on it. Here are a few careers needing strong algebra skills:

- Mathematician
- Accountant
- Engineer
- Scientist (Physicist, Chemist, Biologist, Geologist, etc.)
- Economist
- Computer Tech (Software Developer, Computer Scientist, Video Game Designer, etc.)
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And many more!

#### Critical-Thinking Skills

The necessity of math is notorious for being overlooked. “Why are we doing this?” “When are we ever going to use this?” “How is this going to help me become a _____?” The positive benefits might not be easily recognizable, but algebra builds healthy minds while no one is looking.

Math helps students develop the skills to think critically and make informed decisions regarding important real-world topics. This is particularly true of algebra, a branch of mathematics focused on finding the best way to solve problems. So, you can think of algebra as a strength eXercise for your rationality muscle.

A practiced algebra tutor can present algebra in a way that helps students see its value. Once the connection is made, students will appreciate the skills they’re learning and even begin to enjoy math. In addition, they’ll become independent free-thinkers with the confidence to critically assess all manner of real-world issues.

## What to Look for in an Algebra Tutor

The best math tutors help students see algebra as a useful tool and not a difficult chore. To achieve this, they approach the subject from multiple angles and take responsibility for their students’ understanding. An algebra student should never walk away from a tutoring session feeling like it’s their fault for not getting it.

To make algebra more fun and interesting, good tutors will connect it to their students’ interests. As previously noted, you can find algebra all over the place, and a tutor should show students how their favourite activities relate to algebra. Once the link is established, algebra won’t feel so abstract and impossible.

Each student is different, and that means tutors should modify their methods to accommodate unique approaches to learning. It’s worth discovering your VARK learning style to see which techniques work best for you. If your algebra tutor can’t adapt to teach you that way, it might be worth looking for a new tutor.

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