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The Khan Academy is a wonderful resource for home educators. It is particularly useful in identifying hidden weaknesses. Here are a few tips on supplementing the Equip Education program prior to or during Dialectic I and II:

Require the student to work through the skills in a linear fashion. He will be tempted to skip some skills (because they are a hassle) and move on to skills he finds easier (or more enjoyable). Don't allow too much of that.

Look through the exercise tree on the starfield and decide how far you will let her go during the year. It is very likely she will be able to move through that list much faster than the time she has available. If you will let her go through the first 90 skills, she might be able to do that 3 times during the year. So set up a weekly goal for her to accomplish a certain number of skills each week. That way, she will know she is succeeding and know when she is finished with her work.

The skills become more difficult as the student progresses, so you might have a sliding scale of how many he is responsible for each week based on where he is in the list (12 skills per week 1-36, 9 skills per week 37-54, 6 skills 55-72, 4 skills 73-90).

By the time she is through the list the first time, some of the skills back at the beginning will have turned from blue to orange (indicating it is time to review those skills). Require her to start over at the first skill and work her way through in a linear fashion each time. As she goes, she will be turning them blue again. She cannot do too much repetition on these foundational skills.

Consider adding in a weekly regimen of times tables. Have the student write out his times tables from 1x1=1 to 12x12=144 three times per week. One of the biggest assets a math student can have is an automatic knowledge of those times tables. Student will use this knowledge every single day in life (not to mention math class). They don't like doing it but it is very worthwhile. Once he has all of those math facts immediately available to him, he doesn't need to do it anymore (for a while).

Make sure she gets a regular diet of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Like the times tables, these skills must be engraved on her brain. She should see at least 2 or 3 problems of each variety each week.

Every now and then, let him pick a skill way down in geometry, watch the video, and work the problems in that skill so he can see how smart he is!

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