## Friday, December 07, 2018

### Do I Really Need to Study Math?

For a student who simply wants to "pass" the GED, it is tempting to spend little time on the math portion. For some students, those who have a fairly good foundation in math concepts, that is ok. But for those students who don't have a good foundation, this can be disastrous. Those students typically want to "bounce" around from topic to topic.
When tutoring my GED math students, I use an analogy of a mason building a brick house. Each brick represents a math concept. You must first lay a solid foundation of basic whole number understanding. If you skip or skim over a concept, it will weaken your house. Start with a solid foundation and then lay each brick of knowledge thoughtfully and in the right order.
Students don't always know what that order is. They either need a tutor, or a good GED math book.

### GED Math and Basic Math Facts

Learning the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are an important part of any math foundation. I am a firm believer that every student, whether a child or adult, needs to know their basic facts, without using their fingers, a chart, or a calculator. Having a solid foundation and a firm understanding in this area will better equip a student for learning fractions, decimals, percent, algebra, geometry, etc. If a student does not knows their math facts, they will struggle in math all the way through school. When learning or reviewing these facts, use a variety of methods and resources.

This is especially important for students who are studying to take their GED math test. The stronger a learner's basic knowledge of math skills, including basic math facts, the quicker a student can complete the math problems.  There are some great resources on the internet for downloading math flashcards or interactive activities for reinforcing your student's basic math facts.

## Wednesday, December 05, 2018

### Practice GED Math Question | Geometry | Area

Mr. Tress built a new home and is currently planning on seeding his back yard with a new hybrid grass seed that costs \$45 a bag.  The direction say that each bag will cover 495 square feet of grass.  By the way each bag contains 4 pounds.  The dimensions of the back yard is 100 yards in length and 40 yards in width.

Mr. Tress is also putting in a wonderful circular pool with a diameter of 20 feet.

Given the dimensions of the yard and pool, how many bags of grass seed will be needed and what will be the approximate cost for the grass seed?