# Jake’s Math Lessons

Welcome to Jake’s Math Lessons!  I’m guessing you came here because you’re having a tough time learning calculus. Do you feel like you spend a ton of time trying to make sense of it but at the end of the day you’re still frustrated and confused?

Maybe you’re spending hours reading your textbook and trying problems just to arrive at the wrong answers. Or maybe you’re studying for your upcoming midterm hoping that you don’t have to do that one type of problem you can’t figure out.

I’ve been there before…

We’ve all been there before…

Calculus is tough, so don’t feel bad about that. You’re here now looking for help which is a step in the right direction. You’re a step closer to not having to waste time trying to make sense of this stuff.

This entire site is built to help students in the exact same situation that you’re finding yourself right now!

There’s actually a few things I can do for you to help you get through this term with a better grade than you’re expecting. And the best part is, you won’t have to waste a bunch of time being frustrated with it.

First of all, I HAVE A FREE CALCULUS 1 STUDY GUIDE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD RIGHT NOW. Just go put your email in the form at the bottom of this page and I’ll send it to you right now. That’s one easy step you can take that will instantly make your life a bit easier.

I built that study guide based on 3 years of tutoring experience based on the questions that everyone has. It has all the formulas, tips, and tricks that you need to know, and none that will just distract you from the important stuff.

## Once you’ve done that, here’s your next step

Getting that study guide was easy and I promise you it’ll help you. But I can do you one better than that even. Let me tell you a quick story about someone I helped in the tutoring center where I worked.

It was a pretty normal day at the tutoring center. I was just sitting there waiting for students to ask me questions about their math homework. Then this girl called me over with a question. I didn’t get her name at the time, but let’s call her Amanda.

Amanda was learning about integration with u-substitution, and she did not understand it. She had been there for a while struggling through the same problem without making much progress. She was looking at her notes, reading the chapter in the textbook, and trying the problem a bunch of different ways and nothing was working.

Good for Amanda though for the effort and experimenting. I was impressed with her effort. But after several attempts at this one problem and no right answer, Amanda was getting frustrated.

She was starting to feel like she would never get it. She was frustrated to the point of tears. By the time this student was asking for my guidance, she was asking for help with tears running down her cheeks.

And quite frankly, I don’t blame her. I’m sure you’ve felt this level of frustration before. Again, I know I have been there once or twice.

It sucks… A lot….

## So here’s what happened

I pulled up a white board and listened to Amanda’s frustrations. It was obvious that she was tired of being stuck on this problem and just simply not getting it. So I helped her take a step back and relax for a minute. Then I helped walk her through the problem calmly and slowly. She was getting stuck on the same points that most other students asking for help on that type of problem get stuck on.

So I knew exactly how to help her. Exactly how to explain it so it would click for her.

And after a few minutes of sitting with her, she had that light bulb moment.

I’m sure you’re familiar with that. That light bulb moment is always such a relief when it comes after being so frustrated. And I love being able to help students get to that point. It’s such a gratifying feeling to help people feel that relief. It’s easily my favorite part of tutoring.

And the best part is…

This is just one example of a student I was able to help like this. With 3 years of experience tutoring, I’ve figured out how to replicate this process and have helped countless other students reach their light bulb moment.

## Let me show you

I can show you exactly how I can help. Get signed up for an online tutoring session with me on Wyzant now and you’ll see.

Get signed up now and let me help you have your light bulb moment. It’s free to get started so you have nothing to lose. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did once you have that light bulb moment.

## You might also want to check out…

I’ve got a few other resources I can offer you to help you get through your calculus class:

My goal with this site is to create a resource for high school and college level calculus students.  These lessons are meant to provide more casual, alternate explanations of the concepts discussed in a typical calculus class.  Working as a college math tutor for three years at the University of Oregon, I learned that this approach can be very effective in helping students learn these concepts.  I encourage comments and emails to me with questions and suggested topics for future lessons, even problems that you would like to see worked through.

You can see a list of topics available in the menu.  Select a topic to see all of the lessons pertaining to that topic.  Please keep in mind that I am continually adding content to this site, so if you don’t see the topic you’re looking for check back soon or send me an email to ask about the topic you want to see.  If you email me a request, I’ll let you know when you might expect to see a lesson about your topic or a work through of the problem you’re stuck on.

Email me at jakesmathlessons@gmail.com!

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