Algebra is often known as the **gatekeeper for higher level math courses**, but what if you want to learn algebra in an **non-traditional way**?

It will **still be a lot of work**, but you can learn algebra without a teacher with some **self-directed learning strategies**.

## Find the right resources

In a traditional setting, a teacher has an algebra curriculum and provides you with the materials you need. Since you'll be learning without a teacher, you need to **find the right resources that align with algebra standards**.

The standards map out all the topics covered in a traditional algebra course. **Programs **like Khan Academy make it **easier to learn** all these topics, but you can also use a **variety of resources** for each topic.

Quadratic equations, for example, is a new topic in algebra that can be tricky for new learners. Websites like mathisfun.com help **break down the concepts** and give you **practice problems** to apply your learning.

A **tutor** is a good option if you don't want a traditional teacher but want to **build confidence and get more personalized instruction**.

Consider as well if you want to use **print resources or electronic resources or a mix of both**.

## Where to start?

A big part of what a teacher does is **determine what you already know** and ensure you **learn new skills based on your pre-existing knowledge**.

Since you'll be your own teacher, you'll need to **help yourself start at an appropriate place. **Take Khan Academy's course challenge as a pre-test to see what you already know and what gaps you have.

#### Quiz

I can find my learning gaps by (choose all that apply):

## Make time to practice

** **As with any new skill, you need to **deliberately practice** in order to help you **improve and really understand **what you're trying to learn.Practice includes **writing down and solving problems** on paper** and talking out how to solve an equation aloud.**

You can also practice by:

playing games (math-play.com and hoodamath)

doing practice problems

spacing out your practice sessions and teaching what you learned to a study partner (use tips from this article)

#### Quiz

Jay decides to take a quiz over the skills he's learned so far. Is this helpful practice?

## Reflect on the learning process

After you've learned a new algebra concept, **reflect on what worked well** for you and **what didn't help you learn**.

Reflection questions like these will help you **modify your learning process**:

Did you

**learn effectively**from watching videos?Did writing problems down on paper give you

**enough practice**?

Did it

**help to talk out loud**when you were learning new concepts?Was it

**helpful to play online math games**?

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