How to Pass Intermediate Algebra

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Intermediate level algebra can be difficult, but by building on the fundamentals of algebra with practice and strong study skills, you will be able to pass with ease. Continue reading to get tips to help you succeed, including some helpful math resources.

Be A Proactive Student

The first step in passing any course is to be a proactive learner. Intermediate algebra is a big step towards advanced mathematics, so it's important to have a firm grasp on the subject. You can begin by simply being engaged in lessons and asking questions. If you're having trouble with aspects of the course, make sure you seek help from your instructor. Asking questions in class is not only a good way to clarify any uncertainties you have with algebra concepts, but it may also help illuminate the material for your fellow classmates to learn as well. If your class includes doing problems up on the board, be sure to volunteer. This is a great way for you to receive instant feedback from your instructor and peers as you solve the problem. If you make a mistake here, you can discover where you diverged immediately in class and learn the correct procedure. Pay attention to lessons and take detailed notes as the class works through sample problems and your instructor lectures. When you're doing homework, refer to these notes to keep you on the right track!

Review And Practice

To pass intermediate algebra, it would behoove you to take time to practice basic algebra prior to this advanced course. Reviewing these fundamentals will ensure that you have a solid grasp of the math concepts that intermediate algebra is built on. This will give you a boost of confidence going forward, and class will go a lot easier if you begin with knowing the correct methods from the start. Take a refresher course or just work out early algebra problems to make sure you still have a firm understanding of the material. Several review options are also available online. Our High School Algebra I: Help and Review and High School Algebra II: Help and Review resources provide structured reviews of some of those earlier algebra concepts that will be crucial to succeeding in intermediate algebra.

Consider One-On-One Guidance

If you're having consistent trouble with certain problems or concepts, it might be time to consider after-class assistance. It's important to identify any learning difficulties early in the course, as the material will expand from one topic to the other; it's also why reviewing the basics is so important. If you don't resolve any questions or issues with the material early on, it could undermine your grade and understanding of intermediate algebra as a whole. Take advantage of what your institution offers by scheduling tutoring sessions or even a meeting with your instructor just to clarify the material. This may be an investment of your time, but it'll pay off with a passing grade.

Online Study Support

An alternative to an in-person study session would be to seek study resources online. With the hectic life of a student, our resources at will allow you to access study materials whenever and wherever you'd like. Our Intermediate Algebra for College Students course and College Algebra: Homework Help Resource can be used be used in conjunction with any main course you might be taking or as a way for you to practice outside of the classroom. As with all of our resources, these are self-paced lessons that utilize video explanations and detailed written transcripts to help you grasp the material. There's also an option for you to receive remote help from our virtual instructors.

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