Questions & Answers
Q1. What if my student isn’t doing well in math now?
Answer: Can your student play games, video games, board games, card games, or engage in any other complex activities? If yes, then s/he can learn math.
Q2. Do I need to hire a tutor?
Answer. Probably not. First give him or her some really good online training such as our Foundation Course.
Q3. Can I teach my student myself?
Answer. Depends on you. Do you really understand math? Are you a good communicator or good coach? Do you have the time to go at your student’s pace, not yours? Do you have the materials you need, or the time to create them?
Q4. What is the best way to teach my student high school math?
Answer. First, be sure whatever you do follows the Effective Math Education Triad. Second be sure you choose the proper content for your student which depends on where they are in their educational path.
Q5. How can I use this site to learn more?
First, you might want to read the Effective Math Education Triad. If you agree with it then continue.
Second, if you want to know who I am, read about me on the About Dr. Del page.
Third, if you want to really understand what the situation is today in high school math education, and what you can do about it, get my book Teaching Math and read it.
Fourth, if you want to teach your student math yourself, get the Teacher’s Guide. You may buy a hard copy of it, or get a free PDF version of it by Joining the Dr. Del Math Teachers Club in the Box in the upper right.
Fifth, if you intend to teach math to your student, you might want to start with the Foundation Notebook and Exercise Book.
Sixth, if you just want to purchase a good high school math course and be just a mentor or coach, start with the Foundation Course. It is probably much better than anything you could get with a tutor, any type of standard textbook or DVD.
Seventh, whatever you do, monitor your student’s progress carefully, not only how much math s/he is learning, but how their psychology and attitude is towards math.
Eighth, if your student wants to go beyond Practical Math and pursue more advanced math and science courses, then go on to Tier 3, and continue through at least Tier 4, which will prepare your student quite well for any college calculus course.
Ninth, if your student is fast, have them go on to Tiers 5 and 6. Then your student will be ready for any science or engineering courses they wish to take. They may not have to take any more math in college if they choose not to.
Tenth, if you student is precocious and thinks s/he might want to pursue a math career, then have them take Tiers 7 through 10, if they want to and have time before going off to college.