How to Teach Basic Math to an Adult

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When teaching basic math to an adult, you're always going to want to talk about the fundamental operations. Teach basic math to an adult with help from a longtime mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang, and we're here to talk about how to teach basic math to an adult. Now, in order to teach basic math to an adult, it's important to kind of talk about the fundamental operations, but also be able to use some real world examples so that they can make a connection to it fairly quickly. Now, one thing to consider is the foundation of the four arithmetic operations. Meaning, of course, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Now, I'm sure they'll appreciate the operations, because they use that on an everyday basis. But, also something to consider are these following: If you want to use examples involving money or measurement, because money's used in everyday life, money will help them understand more the idea of decimals, as well as that of fractions. And even if you want to use food examples, that's also something to consider. Now, measurement will help them understand, as well as fractions and decimals, the idea of converting from metric to the English system. So, basic math will encompass these ideas, and the more relatable examples that you can use, the better. So, I'm Jimmy Chang, and that's a few examples on how to teach basic math to an adult.


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