# How to Do Your Algebra Homework Using Online Tools

Five Methods:Using Equation CalculatorsViewing Instructional VideosReading Algebra TutorialsAsking a ForumFinding a Tutor

When studying algebra independently it is common to have questions. While in school it is easy to reach out for help, if you are practicing algebra at home you may find yourself stuck on a problem with no help available. If you have Internet access, however, you can find many online tools that can help you learn complex math topics, check your answers, or reach out to another person for help.

## Steps

### Method 1 Using Equation Calculators

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**Navigate to an online equation calculator.**Popular ones include Symbolab^{[1]}or Mathway^{[2]}algebra calculators. These particular calculators are browser-based, so you are not required to download anything.- These calculators can also help with higher level math, such as trigonometry or calculus.

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**Enter practice problems into the calculator.**Different calculators work differently, and they do not necessarily resemble standard scientific calculators, so you should practice setting up problems. In most instances you will first click the symbol (such as a radical sign or fraction bar), then you fill your numbers into blank boxes.- To fix a mistake, hit the backspace key on your computer.

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**Work out the problem on your own first.**The best way to get better at algebra is to try the problems first, then use a calculator to check your answer and find your mistakes. - 4
**Enter the problem into the calculator.**Make sure you enter it exactly as it appears in your work. - 5
**Hit the “go” or “answer” button.**In some programs, like Mathway, you have the option of choosing an action, such as “simplify” or “rewrite in standard form.” - 6
**Review the solution steps.**Most equation calculators will give you a step-by-step explanation that shows how to solve the problem. Read the solutions carefully, so that you can learn how to solve similar problems in the future without the aid of the calculator.- Mathway.com requires you to sign up for an account in order to view the step-by-step explanation.

### Method 2 Viewing Instructional Videos

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**Determine the topic of your current work.**Algebra is a broad subject, so when looking for videos, it helps to know what you are doing exactly, such as factoring polynomials or solving linear equations. - 2
**Navigate to a YouTube channel or video web site.**Popular sites include Khan Academy^{[3]}and MathTV.^{[4]}- You can also find videos on higher-level mathematics topics on many sites.

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**Search through the video playlists or table of contents.**A good math video site or channel will have the videos arranged by topic for easy navigation.- Leaving constructive comments on videos, when you are able, can help the creators make more helpful products. You can also ask questions that either the creators or a community member can help answer.

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**Make a playlist of helpful videos.**You can make your own playlist of math videos on YouTube, and also on sites like MathTV, which will help you review later for tests.

### Method 3 Reading Algebra Tutorials

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**Determine what topic you are studying.**When searching for a tutorial, it is helpful to know what specific algebra skill you are doing because algebra is a broad subject. If you simply search online for algebra tutorials, you may be overwhelmed. - 2
**Navigate to a math tutorial site.**Some popular ones include Purplemath^{[5]}and Coolmath.^{[6]} - 3
**Click on the lessons link to find a list of topics.**Most sites will have a table of contents that helps you quickly find the topic you are looking for. - 4
**Read through the tutorial.**Most tutorials will define terms and give step-by-step instructions on how to solve certain types of problems. They will also likely provide problems for you to practice on your own. - 5
**Bookmark helpful tutorials.**Making a bookmark folder can help you organize the information so that you can go back to it easily. You can use these tutorials later to help you review for tests.

### Method 4 Asking a Forum

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**Search for a math forum.**Some popular ones include My Math Forum^{[7]}and S.O.S Math.^{[8]} - 2
**Browse the algebra message boards.**Math forums will have boards on a variety of math topics, but most should have a section devoted to algebra. You can view posts without joining a board to get a sense of whether the community is helpful and productive.- Look for active boards with a high membership. The best boards will have new posts and replies every day. If a board does not seem to be very active, you will likely not receive much help with your questions.

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**Register to join the forum.**Registration is usually free. You cannot post on a message board until you register for an account. - 4
**Follow forum etiquette.**Most forums will have a message board for new users where you can introduce yourself to the community and learn about any rules about participating in the community.^{[9]}If not, spend some time reading through the forums so you can get a feel for the general rules and etiquette other members follow. - 5
**Learn LaTeX.**LaTeX is a system for formatting text that allows you to incorporate math symbols into your documents or posts.^{[10]}Using LaTeX code in your post will allow you to format your algebra problems in a reader-friendly way. - 6
**Try to solve problems before posting them.**The best way to learn algebra is to first try problems on your own. In a forum it is helpful to post the problem, explain the steps you took to solve it, and what your answer was. This way community members can help you see where you went wrong in the process. - 7
**Post your questions.**Make sure you post your question in the appropriate subforum, and that you give your post a clear title. Ensure you have used correct grammar, and that you have typed any math equations correctly. - 8
**Respond to responses.**Part of keeping a forum community helpful and productive is to show courtesy and appreciation to other members. When others help you answer your question, thank them. Also feel free to politely point out when others have not answered your question, so that they may reply more thoroughly or other community members may chip in to the discussion. - 9
**Respond to other posts.**Another way to keep a community successful is to return the favor. Once you have received help with your math problem, browse the boards to see if you can offer help to another user.

### Method 5 Finding a Tutor

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**Determine what your needs are.**Do you just need help with a test, or do you need long-term help with algebra? It is also possible that you may struggle with study skills or math anxiety. Knowing exactly what you need help with can help you figure out what you need to look for in a prospective tutor.- If you only need short-term help, you should try reaching out to your teacher or professor, who may be able to meet with you after school or during office hours. You could also just look for a peer tutor who would be willing to help you study.

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**Determine your constraints.**You should consider how much time you can devote to tutoring sessions, and also what your budget is. If you don’t have a lot of money, you may want to look for free tutoring. If you don’t have a lot of time, online tutoring may be a good bet, because you will save on travel time and can be more flexible in your scheduling.^{[11]}- Online tutoring also allows you to work with tutors who may not be located near you, which means you have a larger pool of prospective tutors to choose from.
- Online tutors tend to be less expensive than in-person tutors.
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**Talk to your teacher and guidance counselor.**If you are in high school, you may have access to free tutoring services or study groups through your school.^{[13]}You guidance counselor may also be able to point you in the direction of reputable professional tutors and tutoring companies. - 4
**Do an online search.**There are many online companies that either employ tutors or work with freelance tutors who offer services in a variety of subjects. In many instances you can set up in-person sessions, online sessions, or a combination. - 5
**Vet prospective tutors carefully.**Before signing up to work with a tutor, you should ask questions about the tutor’s experience and teaching approach to ensure they will be a good match for you.^{[14]}You should also ask for references from previous people the tutor has worked with. If you are looking at tutors online, they will likely have reviews posted on their profiles.

## Sources and Citations

- ↑ https://www.symbolab.com/solver/algebra-calculator
- ↑ https://mathway.com/
- ↑ https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra
- ↑ http://www.mathtv.com/
- ↑ https://www.purplemath.com/
- ↑ http://www.coolmath.com/
- ↑ http://mymathforum.com/
- ↑ http://www.sosmath.com/CBB/
- ↑ http://www.netmanners.com/658/message-board-and-forum-etiquette/
- ↑ https://www.latex-project.org/about/
- ↑ https://www.care.com/a/6-benefits-of-online-tutoring-1309201650
- ↑ https://www.care.com/a/6-benefits-of-online-tutoring-1309201650
- ↑ http://www.parents.com/kids/education/homework/how-to-find-a-tutor/
- ↑ http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2014/11/24/4-questions-parents-should-ask-a-private-high-school-tutor

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Categories: Algebra