Calculus 1 & 2

At Solve It!, we produce the best, most long-lasting results for Calculus 1 & 2 students.

• We focus on deep intuitive understanding of the material, rather than pure memorization. Because of our teaching philosophy, we have found that the longer students work with us, the stronger their foundation in math becomes, and so their results only get better with time.

• Of all the math classes taught in high school, calculus requires by far the strongest mathematical foundation and the deepest intuitive understanding of algebraic methods. There are two main problems in calculus classes that cause students to struggle in calculus. The first and biggest issue is that students simply have too many gaps in their prerequisite knowledge, especially in trigonometry. The second issue is that the average high school math teacher doesn't have a mathematician's intuitive grasp of what the calculus concepts really mean, where they come from and how they relate to each other.  As a result, most calculus teachers take a memorization-based approach to teaching calculus as a collection of numerous isolated and unintuitive topics. In calculus, it is very difficult to succeed with a memorization-based approach, and certainly not enjoyable.

We solve both problems. Our solution to the first problem is to always be vigilant for important knowledge gaps, especially in trigonometry. With over half our calculus students, we end up teaching a large chunk of trigonometry from scratch using our efficient and intuitive trigonometry teaching methods. Our solution to the second problem is that all of our calculus tutors are hand-picked and well-trained mathematicians who intuitively understand the inner-workings of calculus. When students understand where calculus concepts really come from and how they are all interrelated, they naturally develop a real respect for the subject.

For example, Igor once had a student named Sam who went to Ladue High School. Igor made sure that Sam had such a robust understanding of pre-calculus that he literally set the curve for every pre-calculus test. As a result of Sam's strong math foundation and Igor's intuitive and efficient calculus teaching methods, Igor was able to teach Sam all of Calculus 1 & 2 in 16 hours of tutoring over the course of 25 days. Sam then placed into Calculus 3 at WashU as a high school senior and earned a 102% in the class.

• We encourage students to be self-sufficient and teach good study habits because we know that they have to also put in their own time and effort to master the material if they want consistent, lasting success.

 

 Just as coal is transformed into diamonds when put under tremendous pressure for long periods of time, so have Igor's teaching methods evolved to perfection over the last 15 years.

• We use a simple but highly effective note-taking system. Each student has a notebook containing a "problems section" and a "concepts section." We write detailed notes on every instructive problem that the student struggled on in the "problems section." For every concept which the student is weak in, we write detailed notes deriving that concept and providing the necessary examples for the student to master it in the "concepts section." It is always the student's responsibility to re-solve from scratch all of the problems in the "problems section" and re-derive/re-solve all of the concepts and examples in the "concepts section" as many times as necessary until he or she has developed a deep intuitive understanding of the material. In this way, our tutors only need to explain each problem type or concept once, which saves parents lots of money and teaches students a lot more material per tutoring hour. This organizational system is especially useful because it efficiently fills in gaps in students' knowledge. The points that they had been losing in their classes because of these gaps all of their lives will never be lost again!

 Igor has tutored 1150+ students, often under high-pressure to produce dramatic increases in knowledge in short periods of time. All the while, Igor has been meticulously developing and tirelessly perfecting his best practice teaching methods. As a result, the teaching methods our tutors uses today are like nothing you've ever seen before! See our amazing teaching methods for yourself in the demo video below!

BC calculus only covers about 25% more material than AB calculus. Every year, our tutors help many AB calculus students to learn this extra material on the side. As a result, with only a modest amount of effort, students skip a year of math in school, are able to take the AP Calculus BC exam instead of the AB exam, earn a score of 5 virtually 100% of the time if they do their homework, double their college credit, and impress college admissions along the way because they have shown the initiative to successfully learn math independently outside of school.

• We provide a comprehensive textbook-based curriculum for students, so that they are ready to accelerate to the next year in school math with no gaps in their prerequisite knowledge.

• We offer complete supplementary curricula for gifted math students. Because of Igor's years of experience coaching students for math competitions, he has developed his own intensive "math on steroids" curricula (banned from the Math Olympics). A natural result is that our students easily get A+'s in their school math classes, receive perfect scores on all of their standardized math tests, and more often than not, skip grades.

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