Name: Rebecca
Who is asking: Student
Level: Middle

I'm not that good of a student and I was woundering if there is a shortcut to ratios and proportion. My 6th grade teach tought all we needed to know. I was just wounder if there was an easier way.

Hi Rebecca,

The trick is not to look for shortcuts, and not to believe in shortcuts. It's like saying that taking the car is a shortcut for jogging. But you do the jogging for the exercise, so if you take the car instead, you don't get the exercise. Think of it that way: math is like jogging; you will get better at it if you don't look for shortcuts.


Rebecca, I want to add something to Claud's reply. I don't know if it is a "shortcut" but the way to be reasonably good at ratio and proportion problems is to be good at working with fractions.


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