As a math tutor and instructor of remedial students at the college level, you would think I would have thought to teach my homeschooled high schooler to use the graphing calculator. But when life happened, that skill was never addressed and she struggled through without mastering that skill. Don’t make that mistake.
It is hard to teach what you don’t know and I see almost no resources for teaching this skill in homeschool curriculums, so I pulled a few materials and created some of my own and put together a mini-course that will teach these skills in 3 classes starting May 18. And I’m offering it this first round for the discounted price of $45 (or $40 with the early registration guide).
Thanks to a crazy virus, I shifted my plans and will now be teaching virtually, so you don’t have to be local to take advantage of this opportunity!
Help your student master the graphing calculator BEFORE they take standardized tests or college classes! Scroll down for class details and for my calculator recommendations.
WHAT: A 3-day mini course to teach calculator skills with TI 83/84 plus. Students with other similar TI calculators may be able to follow along with class, but instructions will be given on the TI-84 plus CE. Students may want to learn on a computer app with that model and then with a bit of self study learn to transfer skills to a different model.
WHEN: Mon., May 18, Wed. May 20, & Wed. May 27
1/2 hours in the afternoon
WHO: Students with little to no experience with a graphing calculator who have completed (or will soon complete) Algebra 1 or higher. Students should be self-motivated to learn how to use a calculator to make math quicker and easier.
WHERE: Online. We will have password protected meetings and I will close access when all students have logged in.
COST: Introductory price: $45 (Full price is $60)
Includes: Class notes, 16 pages of guides for various functions, and additional pages of practice material.
Early Registration Discount: only $40 (deadline: 5/10)
To Register: Message me on Facebook or e-mail: Waco Math Mentor (spaces removed) at gmail (dot) com and ask for me to send you all details. Payment in full required to hold spot.
Class size: max. of 16 students
Type of calculator:: I chose to teach TI-83/84 Plus because it will be able to be used in most college classes, ACT, and SAT.
Comparing a few selected university classes, SAT, and ACT, all of these allow the TI 83/84 plus. At least one of these does not allow the TI Inspiron, TI-89, or TI-92. One of the university classes I referenced did not allow a TI 84 CE, but the CE is a much better model of 84 overall (improved screen with color and size).
In my experience, TI-84 plus (in any edition) is the most commonly used graphing calculator. 83 and 84 plus are almost identical. Do your own research based on your plans before you purchase.
Students with other similar TI calculators may be able to follow along with class, but instructions will be given for TI-84 plus and demonstrated on a TI-84 Plus C computer app.
Once registered I will send instructions for downloading TI-84 plus C onto Android devices or a touchscreen computer (free). Students with different calculator may want to learn on a computer app that matches mine and then with a bit of self study learn to transfer skills to a different model.
Topics covered will include basics, common mistakes, how to save time by typing less, fractions on the calculator, graphing lines, graphing quadratics and finding special points, solving equations, SAT tips, and how to learn more, such as Stats or Matrices.
About Me I homeschooled my oldest who is now in college. I have been a private math teacher for many homeschoolers as well as a tutor in all settings. I have taught math in public middle school and high school and community college for about 7 years. I taught homeschool co-ops for 9 years. I specialize in tutoring students with learning disabilities or math anxiety.
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