•Some people learn best from online interactive activities, others prefer to use
a printed textbook, and still others need to see, hear, and discuss the lessons with
someone, whether it be the teacher or another student.
•Most people, however, find some mixture of these approaches works best for them.
You should work closely with your teacher to determine which approach works best
ONLINE LEARNING ACTIVITIES: Many students find the PLATO (or BuzMath, where available)
online activities to be a good place to get started on a given lesson, since …
▪ The PLATO Tutorials (or BuzMath Discussions/Demonstrations, where available) generally
present a good introduction to the critical concepts and skills.
▪ The PLATO Applications (or BuzMath Guided Practices & Independent Practices, where
available) provide a fair amount of reinforcement and practice.
▪ And the BuzMath Self Checks, where available, are generally a good measure of how
well you have learned the material and what things you still need to work on, if
▪ You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take advantage of these online resources; however,
they are not required. The main thing is that you be able to demonstrate that you
have learned the required concepts and skills by passing a written Cumulative Evaluation
with at least 70%.
OFFLINE ACTIVITIES: Other students find they do better using offline activities,
such as the textbook (PAN) and teacher-generated handouts. Keep the following in
mind when using this Course Guide in conjunction with these resources:
▪ PAGE REFERENCES in this Course Guide are to PLATO Academic Systems Algebra – Elementary
Algebra (Personal Academic Notebook).
▪ RECOMMENDED READING: In addition to reading the recommended pages, make sure that
you fully understand the worked examples. --ASK FOR HELP IF YOU GET STUCK!
▪ RECOMMENDEDPRACTICE PROBLEMS: Do as many problems of each type as necessary for
you to feel comfortable. --ASK FOR HELP IF YOU GET STUCK!!!
REVIEW ACTIVITIES:: You are not required to turn in the Practice Evaluations; however,
it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you review them with your teacher before trying the