Pre-Algebra

At Solve It!, we produce the best, most long-lasting results for pre-algebra 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.

• Especially with pre-algebra, it is crucial that students have a rock solid foundation so that they can successfully pursue algebra and other higher levels of math. The problem with most pre-algebra classes is that they leave students with important gaps in their knowledge because they do not teach in a comprehensive and rigorous way. A lot of concepts are also taught in an unintuitive, memorization-based way. Our solution is to always watch out for gaps in students' pre-algebra knowledge, and methodically and efficiently fill them all in when we find them with elegant, intuitive explanations.

For example, when teachers teach negative numbers, they often ask students to blindly memorize the rules. It takes students weeks to learn and remember this material, and they never fully grasp it conceptually. For instance, a teacher might explain the solution to 2-5 as follows: Calculate 5-2, and then make the answer negative. Students would be told to memorize this approach when asked to subtract a larger number from a smaller number.

We teach negative numbers as follows: Positive numbers mean having money, addition means earning money, negative numbers mean being in debt, and subtraction means spending money. In this example, our students would solve 2-5 as follows: We have 2 dollars, then spend 5 dollars and now we are 3 dollars in debt. In this way, students are able to develop a strong intuitive understating of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division involving negative numbers in an incredibly short amount of time.

• 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!

• 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.

PreAlgebra

 

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