Algebra can seem like a scary subject at first. Many students find themselves feeling intimidated by the introduction of letters into equations, and struggle with the concept of a function as a graph.
Michal can break down these ideas into simple concepts that are easy to visualize, allowing your child's creativity to shine through in solving difficult challenges.
Building on the concepts from algebra 1 and the knowledge of shapes and solids, algebra 2 will teach your child how to apply the rules of the spatial world to the coordinate plane.
When applying the idea of secants and tangents from circles to a graph of a function, students might need guidance in conceptualizing what exactly they are doing. Michal will bring out a genuine understanding, so that by the time your child completes the course, he or she will be ready to tackle Trigonometry and Precalculus.
Calculus is one of the most beautiful and elegant areas of math. Thinking of finite functions in infinite terms might feel counterintuitive, but it is the way we can find exact instantaneous figures for a constantly changing world.
The first time a student sees a derivative, it generally either makes perfect sense, or none at all. Let Michal work through the process to reach that "aha" moment with your child.
Many people wonder why geometry is taught between algebra 1 and 2. Students need to develop a basic understanding of shapes and their properties, along with the application of basic algebra to those shapes. Geometry is also the first encounter most children have with proofs.
In order to succeed in geometry, your child must develop a clear plan for approaching proofs, as well as learn how to think spatially. Michal can help develop that thought process.
With the movement from the simplicity of four functions into the idea of properties of those functions, many children might feel lost. Rather than being asked to follow a process that can be accomplished by counting physical objects, they now have to develop a deep understanding of the rules governing how numbers can be manipulated.
Rather than using memorization, Michal takes an "understand the idea at its core" approach. If a student knows the basic premise behind an idea, it can be derived every time, rather than using valuable brain space memorizing.
Precalculus is a stepping stone to understanding all the foundations of calculus. Knowing the limit of a function or how to work with sequences and series can feel a bit daunting, but these ideas are an important part of the learning process.
If your child is struggling with his or her precalculus course, contact Michal. Many of these concepts can be illustrated in real world scenarios, and Michal can explain them in a way that will make your child say, "oh, that's so simple!"
Regardless of how you might feel about standardized testing, the SATs are a real part of the college application process. In addition to knowing the material backwards and forwards, part of doing your best on the SATs is knowing how to take the exam.
Working from a review book, Michal will take your child through the chapters, one by one, and explain the concepts as they arise. She takes a very relaxed approach in order to minimize the stress that naturally comes along with this important exam.
While trigonometry is not usually taught as a separate course, it does pose its unique challenges. Many students do just fine with SOH CAH TOA, but struggle when it comes to the unit circle.
Michal sees the unit circle and the various trigonometric identities that go along with it as beautiful, and would be happy to explain them to your child in a way that illustrates their elegant simplicity.