# The REAL Order of Operations

# When To Do What?

One of the confusing things for new students about math is that we DON'T necessarily work math problems from left to right. Instead, ANY TIME there is more than one operation in an expression, we follow the order of operations.

## STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES

### Make sure to note the following:

The number of steps in the order of operations

The various types of groupings commonly used in math

The order in which to perform operations that are part of the same step

The errors students who memorize "PEMDAS" often make and Kate's preferred alternative.

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## STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE

### BEGINNING

Preparing for algebra? Isolate the skill of the order of operations by practicing with 2-3 basic operations and whole numbers.

### EXPERIENCED

Ready to up your order of operations game? More operations of a greater variety and more sophisticated numbers.

### ADVANCED

Already skilled at basic algebra? Practice these GED® style applications: simplifying complex expressions with negatives and evaluating algebraic expressions.