Success Algebra 1 is an algebra course that has been slimmed down and broken into small, bite-sized pieces and designed for students with extra learning challenges where processing math is difficult. The lessons in Success Algebra 1 typically introduce just one skill at a time in an easy-to-understand format, with frequent reminders and review built in. The goal of the course is for students to experience success in algebra 1 by removing math anxiety, building math confidence, and not only teaching algebra skills, but also teaching the learning skills and habits needed for learning abstract math such as algebra.
This course is specifically for students who have a learning or processing challenge that cause them to struggle with math, not for students who have learning challenges but are gifted in math. Diagnoses for these types of students can be (but not limited to) dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD (but not gifted in math), high functioning autism (but not gifted in math), or other similar processing or learning challenges. However, a diagnosis is not required to determine if your child needs this. Often, a gut feeling from a parent is enough. If your child really, REALLY struggles with and has not experienced success in algebra, then this course is right for them.
Success Algebra 1 has cut out the non-essential algebra 1 topics to make room for focusing on the topics needed to successfully complete geometry and algebra 2. While this is not considered a “college-prep” course, the goal is to build math confidence and good learning habits in the student that will help them should they desire to pursue college at some point.
A student who completes Success Algebra 1 will have the algebra basics they need to move on to Success Geometry and then Success Algebra 2. By the end of those three courses, a student will have enough math credits to graduate high school, as well as the skills needed to take math portions of standardized tests and transition to higher study if desired.
Success Algebra 1 Includes:
1-year access to our comprehensive Success Algebra 1 teaching videos. These are short, to-the-point instructional videos covering essential Algebra 1 topics. The course also includes access to the Solutions Library where every homework and test problem is worked out and explained on video.
Student Textbook & Solutions Manual
Our spiral bound student textbook is consumable, which allows students to easily follow along, take notes, and work problems exactly as they see them in the video lessons. This avoids the frustration of copy errors and makes handling and reading easier. The spiral bound solutions manual works out every single homework problem in detail so both students and parents can check work and accurately assess progress.
Chapter Tests & Solutions
This packet contains two versions of tests for each chapter (forms A and B), allowing a student to re-test if he or she needs further practice on concepts. The corresponding solutions manual works out each problem for each version of the test in detail. The 3-hole punch packet format allows parents, tutors, or teachers to easily disperse individual test forms as needed and accurately check work afterward.
The parent guide provides parents with all the information they need to confidently guide their student through Success Algebra 1, whether the student needs the parent to be fully hands on, mostly hands off, or somewhere in between. It provides pacing guides, grading suggestions, and grade recording pages.
How can I tell if Success Algebra 1 is right for my student?
This is for the student who really just does not “get” math at all. These students struggle to understand the bigger picture of what is going on. They typically cannot remember lessons they just learned (even just moments ago), and they easily get overwhelmed and melt down when multiple steps are required in a problem.
The course is written under the premise that the student easily forgets everything taught, tires quickly in a lesson, struggles with organization, struggles to understand a seemingly simple math lesson, and only has limited basic math skills.
This was designed for the student who not just struggles understanding math, but seems to have an extra level of challenge that a lot of other students don’t seem to deal with. It was written for students with either diagnosed or suspected dyscalculia, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD (where math is difficult to understand), other similar neurological challenges, or just high math anxiety. This is not designed for students with ADD/ADHD or neurological challenges that are gifted in math (though they could certainly take the course and excel in it).
This course would also be good for a student that may be fairly neurologically typical, but perhaps has had some very bad experiences with math and just needs a recovery year where math is not a struggle, but progress is being made (and confidence is being rebuilt).
Is my student ready for Success Algebra 1?
Any kind of pre-algebra or algebra study is helpful, but not a prerequisite for the course. Algebra concepts are presented as though they are brand new, and then constantly reviewed as though the student will forget them often.
Is this course completely stand-alone?
Yes. This course is designed to take a struggling student through an entire algebra 1 course without the need for a tutor or additional instructor.
Where would my student go after taking Success Algebra 1?
After completing Success Algebra 1, students will be equipped to move on to the rest of high school math, including geometry and algebra 2.
Denison Algebra is creating a "Success Series" that includes Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 designed in the same fashion to support students who struggle with extra learning challenges. However, students will have the skills and habits in their math tool belts to be able to finish high school math with any curriculum.
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