Why Is Algebra 2 So Hard?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #057, Why is Algebra 2 So Hard?In Why Is Algebra 2 So Hard?, Episode #057, Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette share real conversations that they have had with concerned students and parents. Everything seems to change when students get to Algebra 2 and many parents and students are at a loss as to why or how to overcome the difficulties. Many are tempted to give up and skip the class altogether. Don’t do it! Listen in and learn why this class is so important, how to succeed if you’ve already begun to have trouble with it, and get some great suggestions for preparing your younger students long before they even begin this difficult course.




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Why do I ask this?

Many students come to me for help in Algebra 2

Moms come to me frantic about how to teach Algebra 2

Students who have never needed help need it in Algebra 2

“A” Math students suddenly are failing math in Algebra 2 (more than Trig or Calculus)


Typical Math Schedule

Pre-Algebra (7-9th grade)

Algebra (8-10th grade)

Geometry (9-11th grade)

Algebra 2 (10-12th grade)

Trigonometry (11-12th grade)

Calculus (12th grade-college)


Why is it even necessary to take Algebra 2?

SAT and ACT assume a level of competency at this level

Almost every college degree requires Algebra 2 (also known in the USA as College Algebra)

All Science degrees require Calculus which requires Algebra 2


What is taught in Algebra 2?

Complete the square

Solve the quadratic

Conic sections

Irrational numbers (in the denominator)

Logarithmic functions and exponents


How Can You Prepare for Algebra 2?

Do math consistently from elementary to high school.

Do a little bit of math during breaks so you don’t lose it.

Memorize addition facts, “like making 10.”

Memorize multiplication facts.

Make sure you understand decimals and fractions.

  • Remember they are the same thing.
  • Make sure you properly understand “Cancelling Out”.
  • Example of Fractions Cancelling Out


Learn at a 90% or higher rate (because math is cumulative).

Have student correct all mistakes.

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