Algebra Paths


Do not use your financial aid to pay for remedial (non-college-credit) classes! You have slim chances of passing remedial and college algebra classes in a college lecture format. You probably cannot keep up with the speed, and will struggle for want of just-in-time resources. A self-paced, programmed format is better for anyone with a history of math learning difficulty. 

Your college will give you a placement test and will direct you to enroll in 
classes that don't count for college credit (or toward your degree) because they
are below college level in content. These usually start with 0, examples: MATH 085, MAT 099. 

To graduate with a non-STEM degree, you must pass a minimum math requirement, usually 
MATH 101 or College Algebra. 

for remediating your math skills and 
passing College Algebra.

Your certificate of course completion should suffice
for class transfer credit. 


Straighter Line's Prep for College Algebra (Introductory Algebra, MAT 099
 is online, self-paced, & by McGraw-Hill for $49.

Straighter Line offers 2 College Algebra courses (MATH 101), 3 credits each, by McGraw-Hill. 
The self-paced is $49, and self-paced with a professor is $119. 

(1) Pre Algebra and Introductory Algebra (ALEKS)

(2) Beginning and Intermediate Algebra (ALEKS)

(3)  College Algebra (ALEKS)

Sophia College Algebra: $329. (Try it for free.)


Hippo Campus: 

Free Intermediate Algebra course from U of California-Irvine: 

Saylor University Free College Algebra Course:

A MODEL ALGEBRA COURSE from Landmark College

Improving Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities

Steven Fadden of Landmark College's Institute for Research and Training and his colleagues have developed the Universal Design in College Algebra (UD Algebra) program. UD Algebra aims to improve the outcome for math students with learning disabilities (LD) by developing online learning resources that strengthen their understanding of key algebra topics. With the help of college students with LD, resources have been evaluated for usability and tested to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities and those who use assistive technologies, such as screen readers. Each resource is developed with a variety of content, including text, graphics, symbols, activities and video that guide students through concepts.

UD Algebra also includes a multimedia guide Web site, providing access to professional development materials for instructors, technologists and students, who wish to improve instruction, develop resources or evaluate technologies for learning. Instructor resources include best practices for teaching math to students with LD and the nature of the challenges faced by students with LD when learning math. Technologists and designers are provided with design guidelines, usability findings and design patterns for developing accessible resources for students with LD. The guide also includes rubrics and checklists for instructors and students to incorporate in their own assessment of resources and materials accessibility and usability.

The UD Algebra program has impacted over 350 college students and 15 community college teaching faculty, including a disability serving institution and Hispanic serving institution. Program materials are available to the public on the UD Algebra website: