how do you tutor someone how to do basic intergers? oh, and bedmas (also known as pemdas in america i think)

so my best friend irl is… REALLY bad at math, she got 50% on her intergers quiz (and i helped her for a total of 3 hours)

i really want her to get a 90%+ average (thankfully the quiz is worth less than 1% of her final mark) but at this rate, it’s nearly impossible to teach her.

her test is in a week from now and she seriously needs help, so is there like an incredibly easy way to help her? ;o;

btw if it wasn’t obvious enough, canadians are known to be terrible in math.

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When you say integers do you mean like the adding ,subtracting, and stuff rules for them?

For bedmas all I could recommend is memorizing what that stands for and whenever doing a problem writing the letters next to the problem and checking them as she does the problem

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I mean more adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, she can easily multiply and divide.

She already knows what each stands for but… Doesn’t understand how to follow the order. Like, I tell her many times to do brackets first but she always ends up adding. .___.

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she should write the letters next to the problem to remind her of what to do for the bedmas

for adding a negative and a positive she could just turn it into a subtraction problem (ex. -5+8 could be 8-5 bc of commutative property)

For subtracting positive and negative numbers she can turn it into an addition problem (ex. -7-8 can be -7+(-8) and she just adds the numbers as if they were positive and brings over the negative sign

these are just little things that help me remember what to do sometimes

hope it was sorta helpful .-.

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dude i think that will confuse her even more o_o

I taught her how I learned it, and it was similar to your strategy. She ended up mixing adding and subtracting rules…

all I can say is that she needs to understand the material to do it ;o;

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At school we used counters/chips to help us understand. Maybe that’ll help your friend

or just draw plus signs and minus signs and show how they cancel out for addition

and for subtraction of negatives show how the negative signs come together

This could be helpful if your friend’s a visual learner

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idk what kind of learner she is but I’ll try ;_;

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For the integer part, I’d probably try explaining it to her with a number line or something so she has an idea, and then give her a question or two to make sure she understands it. If she still doesn’t understand it, you could try searching up a video online that quickly explains it.

For the bedmas part, I would probably suggest that your friend memorizes what it means and then have her try a few problems with the letters on the side making sure she did it in the right order.

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ohhh, number lines! that’s a good idea for intergers

She already knows what it means, but always messes up the order. Like she does random things and i’m staring thinking “what are you doing”

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Try standing near your friend when she’s doing a bedmas problem, and if she does it in the wrong order, tell her and fix the mistake.

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I do tell her and ask her to fix the mistake afterwords ;w;

y’know at this point i just realised that she’s probably a really slow learner, she probably needs like 10 times the amount of practise i needed

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Follow PEMDAS

Parenthesis

Exponents

Multiply

Divide

Add

Subtract

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i know what it means lol

telling her it doesn’t help at all ;o;

(SHE ALWAYS MESSES IT UP)

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JAM

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show her a number line and a problem

for example, 5+(-13)

then put you finger or whatever at 5 and since you’re adding, face forward

and since -13 is negative, walk backwards with your fingers and then what you land on is the answer

so adding is facing forwards, subtracting is backwards

negative numbers walk backwards, positive numbers walk forwards

sorry I’m bad at explaining but this is how I finally understood integers

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don’t worry man I understand how to do math, I have really good grades in math XP

It’s just to help my friend out

alright, number lines should be useful! hopefully she’ll understand that way

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Not all Canadians :>

Did you show her the tile method? Where you draw out the integers?

You could also show her videos on how to do it if shes a visual learner.

For bedmas…. Use IXL 😛

Jk try and start her off with an easy problem. And once she understands that problem try and work her way up to math your grade.

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Definitely not all, look at my math marks. 😛

What’s the tile method? o_o

She already watched interger videos and… they don’t help her

WHAT IS IXL SERIOUSLY WHAT IS THIS

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I’ll send you a picture of the tile method on hangouts since its easier to draw out.

IXL is a math website from JK-12 which helps you by giving you a daily amount of math learning if you aren’t a member.

https://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-9

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Ooo I did this 2 weeks ago!

I can help….should I take a pic of my notes?

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I don’t think notes will help her because I gave her all of my math notes yet she still doesn’t do well ;u;

i just need to know a good method that will FINALLY make her understand because at this point she won’t become a doctor (it’s her dream job)

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ohh

it’s easy i guess

just follow pemdas to

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it’s hard for her ;___;

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we all have our weaknesses i guess 😉

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I should get out my math book. Then you can do the exact opposite of everything it says in there and she’ll definitely get it! 😀

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BRILLIANT.

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EXACTLY. ;D

Oh, and I’m on BRD. 😛

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Just use Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally works everytime. PEMDAS

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1. We’re not allowed to use PEMDAS in Canada, we use BEDMAS

2. I TRY TELLING HER THE ORDER, SHE KNOWS IT BY HEART, BUT ALWAYS ENDS UP ADDING/SUBTRACTING FIRST AND I’M LIKE WTF ARE YOU DOINNGG

is there a way of telling her the order without having her memorise words? ;o;

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ohh icic uhmmm idk. Does she pay attention in class? Or does she have a bad memory or something like that

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i’m pretty sure she does pay attention. 😛

her memory is probably inferior compared to mine… she just needs practice i suppose ;_;

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You’re not “allowed” to use PEMDAS? But isn’t it essentially the same thing as BEDMAS? Why does it matter which one you use?

I’m gonna be an American rebel and start using BEDMAS in school to confuse everyone lmao.

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It’s because the Ontario curriculum does not have PEMDAS. When doing exams, PEMDAS will not be accepted as it is marked by someone who is not your teacher. They will be confused in word problems where we explain how someone else did their work wrong. 😛

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;0; That’s so harsh. So is it marked by, like, a classmate?

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nooooooooooo

by a teacher u.u

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That’s still harsh. xD Well, I guess if you grow up learning BEDMAS it’s not that hard to avoid PEMDAS.

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pemdas is Parentheses, exponents, multiplication or division, and addition and subtractions. I’m assuming she knows that, so moving on.

You can remember pemdas (bemdas idek) by remembering the phrase Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally or Pigeons Evolve to Many Dead Angry Seahorses.

For integers, I recently had a lesson.

You should know about absolute value or whatever (which is the distance a number is from zero on a number line- they are never negative. For example, the absolute value of -8 is 8 because -8 is 8 spaces away from 0 on a number line). When subtracting integers, remember that subtracting is adding its opposite.

For example, 27 (-) -7 would be 27 + 7 because you are adding 27 to the opposite of -7 (and the opposite of -7 is 7) and since 27 +7 = 34, 27 (-) 7=34.

When adding integers, remember that positives make a positive and negatives make a negative. When you have numbers both positive and negative, whichever term has a greater absolute value (refer back to the definition of absolute value) will have the sign (and by sign I mean + or -) of the sum.

Oh, god.

That’s all the basic stuff so if you wanted more I’m too lazy.

Sorry.

Btw, your annaarso account’s password doesn’t work, i’ve been trying to tell you. Idk why, it worked before.

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eh, my friend got a tutor by the time I’ve read this

the password doesn’t work? I checked earlier, it’s the same, how odd.

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oh.

i see

and about the password, i never gave it away or anything.

no one knows it

i never share anything

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ok so im not that good with explaining integers but PEMDAS is really easy so idk what unit she’s in or what she’s learning but:

P = parentheses

E = exponents

M = multiply

D = divide

A = add

S = subtract

basically you could tell her something like do them in the order they’re listed. for example:

(3+1)^2 • 3 + 2

like im sure you know this but i’m going to go through the steps and i think im right honestly im not that good at math :”(

1) basically PEMDAS states that parentheses first so you would do (3+1) first which is 4

2) next it says exponents so you’d do 4^2 which is 16

and then it says multiply next so you’d do 16 • 2 as opposed to doing 3+2 before multiplying because addition and subtraction go last. so it’d be 32

3) then you just add 32 + 2 = 34 :”‘)

the equation was really easy though and a straight-up example equation but it kinda helps with what PEMDAS is there for

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we’re in the review unit, elementary school review. (so basically stuff we learned beforehand)

She memorised bedmas (it’s basically pemdas, but brackets instead of parentheses)

So when I practice with her usually she gets it with one or no errors

but when she answers things alone she does it COMPLETELY WRONG like WOAHH MAN HOW YOU FORGET SUDDENLY (like she memorised the order but still fails)

I guess she just needs practice. ;_;

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aaww : _:

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ok

you guys say bedmas (which i think is better than pemdas but im american so :v)

TELL THE POOR CHILD

YOU DO NOT ADD/SUBRACT FIRST WHEN IT COMES TO INTEGERS

tell them they’ll win a prize if they manage to follow that (when in reality they won’t really pff)

if they still don’t get it..

………just

just give up

there’s just no hope.

so since bedmas has brackets first no duh obviously what are we 5

i guess you force that in their head

and remove the whole add/subract first stuff out of their head

idk i can’t help i suck at explaining stuff ;>;

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she does get a prize from her parents if she gets a 90% in math but man she’s just…. a very slow learner ;-;

poor child

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positive + positive = positive

negative + negative = negative

positive + negative / negative + positive = either

if the positive is bigger, it’s basically positive – the negative as positive (7 + -3 // 7 – 3)

literally thats all i can explain lol sorry

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it’s k man

i’ll just… give her practice everyday i suppose

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Pemdas, its order of operations. Integers are confusing to me a little. I think ive done a lesson on it back in september. Im sorry if im no help. Wait and you learned this in high school? Oh okay then. Im learning about geometry and algebra….uhh sorry i dont know how im supposed to help you… search online and watch tutorials?

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i’m going to say this again

*breathes in heavily*

canadians are just t e r r i b l e in math i swear

we actually learn this in SIXTH grade, yet PEOPLE DO SO BAD IN HIGH SCHOOL LIKE WHAAAT

Btw, I’m perfectly fine with math. I don’t even have math anymore, it’s my friend who isn’t very good in it. She’s in the review unit.

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Oh, well I would’ve forgotten integers if i was in high school, unless we reveiw it every year.

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Yeah i read the comments that your friend needed the reveiw. Lol

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Brackets are parenthesses with you do first, e for exponents, d for division, m for multiplication, a and s addition and subtraction. Follow the order >.< i should stop, im a terrible explainer

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wait

a rlly common mistake is that you dont simplify the double signs

she should always check that she did that first…

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She does do that first.

But she really can’t do stuff like 3 – 8. .-.

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It really depends on the type of learner she is. Like people said, try using a number line and lots of practice problems. Guide her through the problems to make sure she is doing it right. Possibly make up a different acronym to help her memorize the order?

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I take math in arabic, i rly want to help but idk how, math in english is very confusing for me O u O;;

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I’m kinda surprised she’s learning this now; I learned integers in 4th grade… (Although I was [and still am] in a gifted program), but anyway.

3 + 3 add, simple

3 – 3 substract

3 – -3 (three minus negative three) there are two lines, which make up an addition sign, so you add them; 3 – -3 = 3 + 3

Just say that subtracting a positive number is like adding a negative number, and subtracting a negative number is adding a positive number.

When you’re SUBTRACTING a NEGATIVE number, you’re subtracting the OPPOSITE of that number. You would be doing the OPPOSITE. I don’t like to think of it as “subtracting a negative from a positive,” but more “doing the opposite operation,” is an easier mindset.

Hope she learns quickly. ;-; Bless Canada’s education…

Right now we’re doing things like factoring polynomials I’ll just show you:

Factor the polynomial using the perfect square trinomial case

b^2 – 14b + 49

(b – 7)(b -7)

(b – 7)^2

or something like that but way more complicated (using drawings and symbols I can’t type) I used to hate it so much but it got easier

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Oh, I know how to factor since 8th grade (long story), but apparently it’s grade 10 math. Most people switch from Academic (basically the level you need to take in order to get into university) to applied, because it’s “so hard” for most people. :L

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