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TO THE STUDENT
Congratulations to you!!!! You are taking the first step toward getting your GED. Your immediate goal is to get your diploma so you can earn more money for yourself and your family. However, you may find greater rewards in learning things you never thought you could.
You might think you cannot learn math. Wrong! Because of the way math is taught today, almost all students think that they can’t learn math or that they are stupid. I live in a community in which some brilliant students take calculus in high school but they don’t know all of their basic arithmetic or basic algebra. When students come to me, many think it’s their fault they can’t learn. That’s wrong! In fact, I have often said that if I were to take math today, I’m not sure I could learn it, and I really,
really know this stuff !
Nearly every student, good or not, high level or not, has the same problems. See if this is also you. Students generally know their decimals pretty well, have trouble with fractions, and are really bad with percentages (I have a neat way of showing them to you!). Algebra students usually know how to solve basic equations, but after that, many of the basics are unclear.
This book will change all this. You will learn the skills necessary for this test and why what you learn is true (very important for learning). The book has practice problems to help you improve your skills. The other part you need to know is to how to read a math book. I was never taught this, and I have a Masters degree in math. It is exactly the opposite of reading a book for English, where the goal is to read fairly quickly and still understand the book. The way to read a math book is sl-o-o-o-o-o-o-wly, line by line. When there are examples, you have to write them and go over them until you understand them.
Some topics will take longer than others to learn. However, your overall speed at learning will get faster as you get further into the book. At the end of the book, you will be so much better than when you started, you won’t believe it! Many of my students have discovered this.
So let’s get going!