Volume 49, Issue 3 Fall 2019   
Contact Information GED Study Websites Board of Directors
Literacy Council of Jackson County
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 531-0166

Website: www.literacyjc.org
E-mail: literacy@juno.com

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• Bob Burger ----- Chair
• Liz Koester ----- Placement
• Bob Burger ----- Treasurer
• Bob Burger ----- Records
• Bob Burger ----- Secretary
• Bob Burger ----- Newsletter Editor
Notes from the Chair
Dear Volunteers and Friends,

It might be nice to think about putting off raking the leaves until the trees have no more to shed, but dream on.  At least you're not shoveling snow!

Sad to say that we have no new volunteers or students signed up during the past quarter.  On the bright side, things can only improve.  We depend a lot on word-of-mouth advertising, so keep an eye out for potential tutors and students and tell them about the Literacy Council.

Congratulations to Phillip C. for his progress in improving his spelling skills over the previous quarter.  He's our junior student (and my student) in the program.  Also kudos to student Placido H. and his tutor Russ Gillette for their two years of dedication.  They make up the senior position.

We always appreciate our readers who spread the word about the Literacy Council.  We are there for both tutors and students who want to promote literacy.  Of course, to continue providing this public service we need donations to keep this branch of the Literacy Council open.  A check in any amount would be appreciated.

Enjoy the raking fun and cool weather.  And have a BOOtiful Halloween.

Bob Burger

Rules of Engagement
Working with your student:

It is important that your student see any notes that you are writing, so the tutor should sit on the student's right side if you are right-handed or on the student's left side if you are left-handed.  This is really useful if you are teaching cursive writing skills.

Students of any subject can be easily frustrated by making mistakes.  Always maintain a positive attitude and a sense of humor.  Say something like "Third time's a charm ... or was it fourth?" to get a smile and readiness to try again.  Keep in mind that learning new material causes faster fatigue.  It's okay to cut a session short when your student seems tired or inattentive.  Same goes for you.

Other Relevant Stuff
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Helping GED Students

What is Algebra?  Simply put, Algebra uses letters or symbols as place holders for numbers that might change.  A repair shop might charge $50 initially plus $35 per hour labor plus parts.  Expressed in Algebra: 50 + 35h + p.  The 35h means you multiply 35 times the number of hours.  When the repair is done you just replace the letters with numbers and solve.

There's an old saying: If the formula doesn't get you, the math will.  Your student will have to learn the Order of Operations to be successful.  In the problem above, if h=3 and p=45, then:
          50 + 35 x 3 + 45 =
          50 + 105 + 45 =
          155 + 45 =
          200 = $200
Notice that you must solve multiplication before addition.

Many GED math problems involve proportions.  Let's say you see a sign that says "3 for $5".  If you want to buy 6, then it's easy to figure they will cost $10.  You solved a proportion problem.  Double the quantity is double the cost.

But what if you want to buy 10?  Hmmm?  Well, you have to figure that 10 is a little more than triple the quantity of 3, so the cost should be a little more than triple the $10.  You might want to have at least $35 in your wallet.

Submitted by Bob Burger