I have been tutoring a couple students in Algebra 1 and I am always trying to find new and exciting materials to use to teach the subject. A students is normally assigned a textbook that the school provides. It is not always up-to-date, but the material is none the less the same. Although this book may teach the students how to do Algebra 1, a student does not always learn from just reading out of a textbook. I have found that some books and textbooks are better than others. Knowing this, I always tend to comb through the public library to find the perfect books that help teach Algebra 1. This summer I have found two amazing books that help students learn Algebra 1 fairly quickly.

The first book I found was called *Painless Algebra* by Lynette Long. This book has 298 pages and goes over crucial lessons in Algebra. The book is filled with fun pictures and practice problems that a student can easily grasp. Because of this, the book interests students to look at the entire page and not just the required material. The book gives examples first, and then gives practice problems. These practice problems are known as "brain tickers." As a tutor, I highly recommend this book! My students have found this book very helpful and any student can use it to brush up on their skills or even during the school year to prepare for their tests.

The second book I found was called *Homework Helpers Algebra* by Denise Szacsei. This book has 235 pages and its filled with 11 chapters. This book is more technical than creative, but it breaks down equations easily for the students and it shows all the steps needed to do a specific problem. In most textbooks, I have found that steps are skipped and a student may not always see how one equation changed into another, but this book helps with the transition of the material. This book also has several examples and practice problems to do on your own. I recommend using this book when doing homework or checking your work that the school assigns you to do.

Most students have different ways of learning. I understand there are visual learners, audio learners and active learners. I always try to incorporate all three of those methods when tutoring a student. Textbooks will always be taught in school, but how we read them and how we use them is important. Having these books that I recommended will help students understand the material they are already learning in school. Learning in a classroom can sometimes be distracting, but learning from these books will help any student do well in their class.