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# Case Studies

**Case 1:**

High school sophomore, geometry and algebra.

**Challenge:**
To teach the student how to teach himself mathematics, and
require a tutor no more.

**Approach:**
weekly sessions led to the development of a personalized study
regime. we met over the course of 3 semesters. the first semester was every
week, sometimes twice a week. the next semester was once every three weeks
and for the final semester we met only before midterms and finals.

**Result:**
He is now a proficient math student working completely independently.

**Case 2:**

Returning student. Age 45. Taking calculus after 20 years outside
academia as an airline pilot.

**Challenge:**
To teach the student how to teach himself mathematics, and
require a tutor no more.

**Approach:**
Math coaching. When I was contacted during the second week of the
semester, the student was ready to drop calculus and abandon his notion
of acquiring an advanced degree in economics. I encouraged him not to do
so, helped him develop a personalized study regime and convinced him that
his best work was ahead.

**Result:**
He stayed in the course and continuously got better and better
grades on his tests, finishing with a 95% on his final and an A in the
course. He is now in a Masters program at Berkeley.