## Precalculus Resources

When I pondered what my URL should be for my WyzAnt business card, the image of Stepping Stones appeared in my mind’s eye. Most challenges in life can be compared with crossing a stream or a river. When the water is shallow and the other side is not too far away, you wade into the water and walk across. You need to mind each step, pay attention to the current, but, if your footing is sure, you’ll... read more

All too often, I hear students complain "I hate math!", or "Math is too hard (or boring, or pointless, or !)" Too many kids these days from the entitlement generation (uh, that's my generation's kids - sorry friends, we've spoiled our kids like we were told to!) think that math is just for engineers, computer geeks, math nerds, or smart folks who are decidedly NOT COOL. While... read more

“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” In Math subjects the Math Order of Operations is very important to solve the problem correctly. The phrase listed above is an easy way to remember the correct Math Order of Operations: Please = P = Parenthesis Excuse = E = Exponent My = M = Multiplication Dear = D = Division Aunt = A = Addition Sally = S = Subtraction I tutor... read more

The secret to success in math, more than other subjects, lies in the "language" of math. Similar to having to learn the alphabet and phonetics before learning to read, learning the terminology and basic operations in math builds a "language." For this reason, any gaps in the basics can cause blockages and halt progress at every stage. The more advanced operations are... read more

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Hello everyone! Yes, my job is to help students get high levels in challenging classes. Even if I do a wonderful job at helping them and get A's in all their classes, I am still only doing half of my job. The other half of my job is just as important. It starts with preparation, and ongoing learning on my part. I am excited about Physics and Math because there is always novel developments in science... read more

Hello all you bloggers out there, Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Lorton and I am a graduate of Brooklyn College where I did my masters degree in math education. Prior to this I had completed my bachelors degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, the island and not Jamaica Queens. "Yea man, Jamaica... no problem man." I specialize in math but if anyone of... read more

Getting plenty of sleep EVERY NIGHT during the week of the big test. Drinking plenty of water (some extra) for SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE the test, and enough during the test too, in small sips. (Having to go to the bathroom a lot is also stressful, so moderation is important here). They say most people don't drink nearly enough water. If we are even slightly dehydrated, it can cause the brain to... read more

Tomball Texas, do you need math tutoring? Then check out Liz's profile on WyzAnt, the Tutoring, Teaching and Coaching site. The URL is http://www.wyzant.com/tutors/tomballtutor. She explains math concepts in the simplest way possible, so the student has a good understanding of the concept. After demonstrating the correct way to do the problem she will watch the student do a similar problem. These... read more

Should I get a tutor? Will it help my child? These are some of the most common questions posed to tutors by parents of students struggling in school. Tutoring can be expensive and difficult to schedule so parents must decide whether the time and money will be well spent. Instead of relying on a crystal ball, use these factors to help make the decision. 1. Does the student spend an appropriate... read more

One day your child needs help figuring out 4 + 7 and then, seemingly overnight, is asking for help with quadratic equations. As a parent, when you decide your child’s academic struggles are out of your league and that you need to hire a tutor, it is important to remember you still have a big effect on the outcome. Tutoring is expensive and it is in your best interest to get the most out of... read more

It sounds like everyone is having an exceptionally busy week, with school starting, work, music, sports, and other activities.... My schedule is filling fast too--with good students who want to get a jump on studying for the more challenging subjects. As you know, when we can study together consistently, it will make a much bigger difference than just a lesson here or there. You... read more

I assign my students homework to be completed before our next session. The homework is usually specific and focuses on filling any gaps in their knowledge I discover during the previous session(s). I verify the gap is gone by thorough questioning and testing. By doing this, I help my students develop confidence, competence, and mastery of the subject so they may avoid a "train wreck"... read more

With the summer sadly coming to a close, many of us are starting to get back into school and study mode. With the new school year comes a multitude of uncharted territory: new subjects, new teachers, a new schedule, and perhaps even a new school! With all of these unknown variables confronting us in the foreseeable future, it is important to have in place strategies for success. Today, I want... read more

Students in a typical classroom only focus on what the answer is and if it is right sometimes ignoring the steps they took to get to the answer. In math, it doesn't matter as much if they get the right answer but if they know the steps they are following. Students can get the right answer most of the time in many situations and still have no idea what they are doing. This is extremely detrimental... read more

Mathematics is the only language shared by all human beings regardless of culture, religion, or gender. Pi is still approximately 3.14159... regardless of what country you are in. Adding up the cost of a basket full of groceries involves the same math process regardless of whether the total is expressed in dollars, rubles, or yen. With this universal language, all of us, no matter what our... read more

1. Always read math problems completely before beginning any calculations. If you "glance" too quickly at a problem, you may misunderstand what really needs to be done to complete the problem. 2. Whenever possible, draw a diagram. Even though you may be able to visualize the situation mentally, a hand drawn diagram will allow you to label the picture, to add auxiliary lines, and... read more

Hello everyone, I've been a bit lagging on blogging, but it's for good reasons. So many of you have been so productive this summer that you have me running circles to keep your lessons in order! It's a lot of work but I love my job. It's so great to see you grow so much in just a few weeks. Remember, not everyone advances at the same pace in every topic but you are unique and must embrace... read more