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# Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies 1st Edition by Mark Zegarelli pdf

## Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies 1st Edition by Mark Zegarelli.

Somewhere along the road from counting to algebra, most people experience the Great Math Breakdown. This feels something like when your car begins smoking and sputtering on a 110-degree highway somewhere between Noplace and Not Much Else! Please consider this book your personal roadside helper, and think of me as your friendly math mechanic (only much cheaper!). Stranded on the interstate, you may feel frustrated by circumstances and betrayed by your vehicle, but for the guy holding the toolbox, it’s all in a day’s work. The tools for fixing the problem are in this book.

Not only does this book help you with the basics of math, but it also helps you get past any aversion you may feel toward math in general! I’ve broken down the concepts into easy-to-understand sections. And because Basic Math & Pre-Algebra For Dummies is a reference book, you don’t have to read the chapters or sections in order — you can look over only what you need. So feel free to jump around. Whenever I cover a topic that requires information from earlier in the book, I refer you to that section or chapter in case you want to refresh yourself on the basics.

Here are two pieces of advice I give all the time — remember them as you work your way through the concepts in this book:

- Take frequent study breaks. Every 20 to 30 minutes, stand up and push in your chair. Then feed the cat, do the dishes, take a walk, juggle tennis balls, try on last year’s Halloween costume — do something to distract yourself for a few minutes. You’ll come back to your books more productive than if you were to just sit there hour after hour with your eyes glazing over.

- After you’ve read through an example and think you understand it, copy the problem, close the book, and try to work it through. If you get stuck, steal a quick look — but later, try that same example again to see whether you can get through without opening the book. (Remember that on any tests you’re preparing for, peeking is probably not allowed!)

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