Improve your algebra skills for A-level

As an A-level mathematics tutor, I notice that a large number of students at A-level have remarkably poor algebra skills. This hard core of students (usually boys) are unable to manipulate fractions, confidently rearrange formulae, work with negative numbers or perform the necessary basic skills to understand the subject. They repeatedly ask the same questions and try to learn methods by rote because they don’t have the skills to do them otherwise. Teaching them is very frustrating because the same issues are revisited again and again and little progress can be made until they learn what are basic GCSE skills.

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