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Common Core Math in the 8th Grade

Eigth grade math under the Common Core system focuses on three different principles, covering a range of topics. From using and understanding equations, having a fundamental understanding of functions and how they are used, as well as certain geometry topics, students will learn about slopes, exponents, the Pythagorean theorem, and other concepts.

Expressing Concepts With Equations

One of the main goals of 8th grade Common Core mathematics is to help students understand equations, how to express them, and how to evaluate equations. Linear equations such as y=mx+b will be introduced in 8th grade mathematics. Expressions that involve radicals and exponents will also be taught.

 

Understanding Functions

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Geometry Concepts

8th grade mathematics is also where many principles of algebraic geometry are introduced. Once exponents are covered, learning theorems such as the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the hypotenuse of a right triangle will be taught. Real world concepts that involve 3D shapes such as cones and cylinders are also a key aspect of 8th grade mathematics.   These concepts will be very useful when students begin preparing for the new SAT math format.

 

Does Your Child Need Tutoring? We Can Help

8th grade is a very important year for mathematics and is a shift in understanding that requires students to grasp many different concepts. Tutoring from Infinity Math Tutoring is available to ensure that your child truly understands these valuable concepts. Without fundamental understanding of these principles, later years of math will only get harder.

At Infinity Math Tutoring, we place an emphasis on creating specific tutoring plans that are tailored to your child, giving them all of the help they need based on their learning style and speed. Contact us today if you are interested in 8th grade math tutoring for your child.

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STEM vs. STEAM: What difference does “A” make?

In almost every recent discussion about education, you will undoubtedly hear the term STEM. With a focus being placed on the technology sector and certain skills being an absolute necessity in the job market we are entering today, an emphasis on STEM is easily understood. Today, however, there is a new acronym that is starting to gain momentum: STEAM. So what exactly are STEM and STEAM systems of education, why do they matter, and which is better? Here’s what you need to know:

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What Is STEM?

STEM education is a specific system of education that involves science, technology, engineering, and math. At the heart of STEM education is an underlying understanding that the job market today relies on these skills.

Having a deep understanding of technology, engineering principles, science and mathematics is necessary to the progression of the workforce. From critical thinking and problem solving, the skills taught in STEM programs are used for solving real-world issues that jobs will demand.

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What Is STEAM?

Then you have STEAM. Like STEM, the acronym STEAM has science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. But STEAM adds one more core principle: arts. STEAM proponents believe that the arts still belong in core education and are directly able to integrate with STEM education. Proponents believe that STEM is a system of rigorous education and including arts can take away from the core concept of STEM education.

Which Is Better?

Ultimately, the debate wages on with arguments from either side. However, the arguments may have middle ground. The type of arts included in STEAM may not be as liberal as many STEAM proponents suggest. Instead of a focus on music, drama, and theater type arts, technology and scientific integration is necessary. Through design elements for manufacturing and engineering, art is required. Creative thinking and communication is also a core art concept that can be important for STEM subjects.

 

Is Your Child Interested in a STEM career?

The average wage for all STEM occupations nearly double the average for all occupations.Students interested in STEM must develop the confidence to apply many mathematical concepts to real world environments.  Math tutoring can be a valuable tool in developing a student’s confidence and skills in STEM.  Let Infinity Math Tutoring help your child harness the enthusiasm and proficiencies required to pursue a future career in the STEM industries.

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Students Learn Effectively with One-on-One Tutoring

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After school tutoring is practically the norm today. Even in these economically challenging times, parents still put their children’s educational needs first.They realize that the best gift they can give their child is a good education. That’s why so many choose private one-on-one tutoring.  Below are the top benefits:

* Each child has a unique learning style. 

* A private tutor can embrace that style and teach in a way they fully understand, often unlocking previous learning challenges. 

* The personalized touch enables children to feel confident and secure. 

* Efficient communication between tutor and parent regarding children’s progress.

By choosing the right tutoring company that fits your needs, you will be giving you child best gift they can receive:  Effective learning!

With Infinity Math Tutoring, you will have a Math Professional on your doorstep. We tailor our math instruction to your individual needs, and provide those services around your unique schedule! Tutoring is on a one-on-one basis, with the same tutor. Tutor rapport and consistency are our primary focuses in helping students master math concepts, quickly!