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## FREE Live online tutoring with me

I would love to try something new this year: free online tutoring. I will be using the Google+ Hangout feature. To participate, go over and join my Google+ Circle by clicking here. The next time I plan to host a tutoring session will be on **Monday, Oct 21st at 8:00 PM Eastern**. If it goes well then I may make this a regular part of the blog.

Yes, it is free! The only catch is that I will be posting the tutoring session publicly to my YouTube page afterwards. So, I know some folks would not be a big fan of showing the world how bad you are at math – but I assure you that other students have the same questions you do. Of course, if you are under 18 you will need a parent’s permission to participate.

Let’s make this first tutoring session a success with your help! Thanks.

## Welcome

My name is Joel and I’m here to teach you math. I have recorded video lessons on various math topics. I also offer personal tutoring. I hope you find this site useful.

If you have any questions after a lesson leave a comment and I will try to answer it. Need help with a topic not covered here? Send me an email! I am always on the look out for new topics to cover which will help you out.

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## Homecoming 2010

Welcome to the 2010 school year! It’s time to hit the books again. I am certainly seeing a lot more activity over at the YouTube page with comments and questions and even a few lesson suggestions. Well, keep them coming. If you have a question I am sure someone else is having the same problem.

Good luck in 2010-11.

I’d love to hear what math topics you would like to see my cover this year in my video lessons. Click on the comments link above.

## 6 Most Important Parts of A Math Text Book

The school year is back in full swing, and many students have received their first progress reports. Whether you are doing well, or not so well with your studies it is important that you well, study! But that is sometimes the tricky part. Those text books are big! Especially math books. Today I hope to offer you some tips on how to best use your time and math text. Here are the 6 most important parts of a math text book:

**The Contents**– its in the beginning and tells you what the book is about. This section is great for finding old information, especially if your class doesn’t approach the book from front to back. This is also good for taking a sneak peak of what is yet to come. Finally, you can learn where the tests, quizzes, extra practice problems, and additional resources are hiding.**The Boxes (formulas, rules, theorems, properties, etc)**- When it comes to math books, if it is in a box then it is important. If it is in a shaded box, then it is really important. Here you will find your formulas, rules, theorems, postulates, properties, equations, etc. This boxed info should automatically be copied on your “cheat-sheet” if you are allowed one. Perhaps more importantly than the boxed information itself, however is understanding what it means. Consider copying it down word for word, but then do so in your own words as well. If you own your text book, mark these pages for easy reference.**Examples/Solutions**- Most math texts I have seen always begin each section with examples. Later, the practice problems are often the same examples just with different numbers. Try working through each example along with your text and then try a practice problem that relates. If (when) you get stuck on your homework or studying flip back to the beginning of the section to find the example which applies. Remember that math builds upon what you learned before, so you may have to go back a few sections (or chapters) to find the info you are looking for.**Tests/Quizzes**- I am absolutely amazed at how many teachers copy their own tests and quizzes directly from the text book which their students are using! Sometimes they will assign the even numbered problems for a review and then the odd numbered problems will show up on a test. Other than a sneak peak at tests, this is the best way for you to determine if you really know the material or if you need extra work. Text books will often refer you to the section a particular problem came from if you need to go back for a refresher.**Index**- This is like the contents, except it is in the back of the book. Indices (plural for index) are great if you are looking up a specific topic which may be in several different sections. They are also good if your book does not have a glossary and you just need a simple definition or formula. Instead of endlessly flipping through your book for the Quadratic Formula (which I can never remember), just look it up in your index and you will know exactly where to go.**The Answers**– Every lazy student’s favorite part. But don’t abuse it; there is a right way and a wrong way to use this important part of the book. Answers to extra, unassigned homework problems because you really want to understand = good. Answers so that you can get back to the Playstation sooner = bad.

Did I miss any important parts of the math text book? Use the comments feature to weigh in. It’s nice to be back for the 2009-2010 school year.

## Updating Woes

You may notice the blog looks abit different today. I just updated WordPress here, and ran into some difficulties.

Bear with me and I hope to have things back to normal by weeks end.

## Video problems

There seems to be a problem with the video hosting service I use for the tutoring videos. I am switch everything over to YouTube and hope to have all of the videos back up and running on the site by the end of the day.

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update: I finished moving all the videos over to YouTube. All the videos should be working now.

## Excuse the Mess

I am changing my blog software from Blogger to WordPress. A few things may look slightly different for the time being, but all of the current videos have been successfully imported, so you should be able to find what you are looking for.

Everything should be looking back to normal by weeks end (I hope). Thanks for your patience.

## Summer Vacation

I am now officially on summer vacation. But, that doesn’t mean that I am not hard at work. I will be developing new lessons which will be released this fall.

If you have a topic or lesson you would like to see please let me know. I want to create lessons that people want and need.

Update: (Lessons already produced for the fall)

- Graphing Inequalities
- Points and Lines
- Solve Equations with Absolute Value
- Simplify Radicals

What would you like to see? Click on the “comments” link below to leave your feedback!