Thursday, June 24, 2010

Help! I Can't Pass the GED Math Test

Have you heard these words! Or perhaps you have voiced your own concern.

I hear "Help, I can't pass the GED Math test" alot! I recently had a young lady come to our Adult Learning Center desperate for help to pass the GED Math test. She had taken it twice and failed it both times.

When I began to talk to her, I realized that her challenge was more than a lack of math understanding. She told me that she is a single mom responsible for a 6 year old child. Also, she is soon going to loose her job and didn't know what she was going to do when that happens. She has ALOT on her mind.

In addition, she works full-time and she can only come once in a while to work with an instructor.

But she REALLY wants to take and pass the GED math test!

If you are a student who has a similar circumstance or are a teacher who has students like this, you are very familiar with the emotions that go with needing/wanting to complete the GED.

What I did in this situation was to find a good GED math book which I lent to her. I also encouraged her to take time, even a little time, each day to work on math. Finally, she should find a friend who she can lean on to help with math.... or even child care so she could come to the Lab.

We'll see what happens. We are now on our summer schedule and will only be open one day a week.

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