Algebra Is My Voldemort

So, I’ve been somewhat absent lately and it’s all algebras fault. I’m studying for the GRE because I want to go back to school and get my Masters degree and make a big career change. The only thing standing in my way is algebra. Algebra is my Voldemort.

I used to be fairly decent at it – you know, 13 years ago whenΒ I took my last algebra class. But as soon as I completed that class, someone cast an obliviate spell on me and I can’t remember any of it. So, I am trying to relearn algebra but I keep getting distracted and bored and basically all I want to do is read Harry Potter (in case you couldn’t tell).

Any tips, spells, or strategies would be appreciated. Or, if any of you are really good hackers and can just give me a good GRE mathΒ score, I would be willing to offer you a lifetime supply of high-fives. Kthanks!

45 thoughts on “Algebra Is My Voldemort

  1. I totally get where your coming from, Algebra and Physics are both my downfall! Wish I had a nifty spell for you 😦 Unfortunately, the only thing that works for me is lock myself in my room, surround myself by plenty of exercises and study for the next four to five hours…
    Good luck!

  2. oh wow! good on you for having the motivation to attempt algebra, I’m sorry that in no way I will be of any help as I find 16 year old algebra a struggle! but I just wanted to say to keep pushing forward and you’ll get there and to also give you a virtual high five yay! x πŸ™‚

  3. I completely feel your pain! I’m taking Statistics right now and there are so many formulas, so many decimals and SO MANY BUTTONS on the fancy calculator I have to use. It is killing me! Ahhhhhhh!

  4. Hi there! I love Algebra and yes, it has been some years since I have had it(maybe 10 years??) Anyway, I found this neat little book on Amazon years ago called “How To Solve Word Problems in Algebra”- it is a yellow book by Mildred Johnson and Tim Johnson.

    In fact, this year I have to re-learn it because of my new job. As far as word problems goes, it is a great book. So is purplemath.com!

    Good luck!

  5. Roxie says:

    “Remember, N never equals X, even though X always equals a number, and a number is often represented by N.”

    If this makes sense to you, you are a better person than me!

  6. My friend in college and I had a theory that people tend to be good at math until they lose their virginity. Then it vanishes like a sacrifice to the virgin goddess.

  7. Go Girl!!

    GRE math is actually the worst, but I used the Kaplan TestPrep book this summer and their explanations really helped on the questions I had issues with. Also, it had online tests so I could practice getting the timing right and it gave me a realistic idea of what I would score on test day (they were spot on).

    What programs are you looking at?

    1. Thanks friend!

      Yeah, I’m all over those study guides and practice tests. Captain Thoughtful is helping me out too, so hopefully I don’t humiliate myself mathematically. I’m applying to the Marriage and Family Therapy program – it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years but the timing is right now so I’m going for it. πŸ™‚ Miss you!

  8. Trying to help my son has taught me that ALL math has left my brain (despite the fact that I do data analysis all day long). If you figure out the secret, let me know.

    And good luck!

  9. I have no great advice for you in this situation. When I was in school I would read through my math classes. And although I would go on great adventures with Harry Potter and other characters, it would do me little good when it came to test time. Much Luck to you!

  10. Steve says:

    Tip #1, a calculator app for your phone; #2, a calculator for your home/office; and #3, the eBook Harry Potter for the class. A long, long time ago, in a… you get the picture, I took a college engineering class and my Dad said that I would finally have to learn how to use a slide rule. ? What. There were tables in the back of the book and man had invented the calculator. And that was the way back in the 20th century. πŸ™‚

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