Invaluable High School Calculus Study Aid!

During the first half of most high school calculus classes, teachers usually hand out some sort of chart like the one seen below: Many students who seek calculus tutoring have a version of this chart, but they don't actually know how to use it. That's a bummer because it is an invaluable tool for many problems kids see on exams, especially in AP calculus. I like this version above because it has a user-friendly "if/then" structure to help students choose the correct note for

Common Algebra Question...What's the domain and the range? ANSWER: Pretend a function is a math

Hello Math Students! Have you ever asked something like this? "What is the domain and the range of a function?" As a math tutor I see students wrestle with this question all the time. Ironically, even many struggling students can answer quickly. They respond: "The domain is the x and the range is the y." It's not a bad response. But let's look a little deeper. And let's use an analogy. In a "mathy" definition, the domain is said to be the set of inputs (usually x-values) that

Afraid of your upcoming Pre-Calc class? Here’s a few tips to relieve the stress!

After finishing their senior calculus class, many math students often report that, out of all their high school math courses, pre-calc was toughest. The reasons they usually cite include: It jumps around too much from one random topic to another Too many weird abstract variables, symbols and equations Doing matrices by hand is a nightmare! Log problems!! Conics!!! Others… Here are three tips that will hopefully help you (mentally) prep for the course. 1. Get comfy with being

First day of school? Set your student up for a successful year with 5 tips from one of my former stu

5 tips to start the school year strong.