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  1. daijobu

    Stewart vs AOPS calculus

    Could you link to those reviews?
  2. daijobu

    Ambassador Leadership Summit

    I don't have personal experience, but I found this thread.
  3. How about Gentle Introduction to the AIME by Scott Annin? Or poke around the MAA bookstore and see what looks interesting.
  4. Also: I misunderstood, I thought you were a teacher of the class, not a fellow student. How annoying that plagiarism seems to be more common. (My dd sees it in her online classes as well.) Trouble is, the easier it is to steal, the easier it is to detect by searching on a few key words.
  5. Just curious: do you routinely check student work to see if it's plagiarized? Or did you accidentally stumble on it? (It doesn't make a difference to your question; I'm just curious.)
  6. daijobu

    Motivation for an AL

    Do you have to do the co-op? Can you instead do the academic learning at home and then meet up with friends for purely socializing?
  7. I agree with this. Also Great Courses offers a class on Discrete Math that's taught by Arthur Benjamin from Harvey Mudd. He has an excellent explanation of RSA crytography, that doesn't skip over the math, but is still very accessible. Also the videos by 3Blue 1Brown are eye opening.
  8. You know, the online classes aren't right for every student. I'm tutoring a kid right now who is/has taken several AoPS online classes. He love them, but...he still needs guidance and additional instruction in order to complete the homework. That's why they hire me. I never had my dd's take the online classes, except for the "extra" classes for AMC and MathCounts prep. The core classes we did at home using the textbook only. What I mean to say is YMMV, and if the books are working for you and you want to stay low-media, don't feel like you need to change.
  9. It's done! I finally hit Submit on the Common App. The very last minute hiccup was when we were doing the final review. I had a running header with dd's name and DOB in the upper left of each page. Trouble is, Common App also adds its own header to each page, also in the upper left. So on the counselor letter there is a nice patch of garbled text. So it was back to the document to right justify the header, print as pdf, and reupload. Whew! I also went ahead and uploaded documents to the Coalition App. I can't tell, but I think I finished that one too, but it was a bit anticlimactic.
  10. Attention, Fangirls: You can now hear RR discuss founding and growing Art of Problem Solving in this podcast interview.
  11. You don't need to visit in advance. But you might consider whether a college considers demonstrated interest versus inconvenience. (Not all colleges use DI in determining admissions.) Also, seeing a variety of types of colleges (urban/rural, large/small, etc.) can help your student decide where to apply.
  12. daijobu

    Math Honor Society for high schoolers?

    So say we all. Also: Resistance is futile.
  13. WOW. I would just open the AoPS book each morning cold and wing it as we went along, reading it for the very first time when I read it out loud to them. Finally (at around intermed. algebra or precalc) they started to get annoyed at me and insisted that I do the introductory problems in advance, so I started actually doing some prep work, but I guess I'm lazy. My kids would've loved having you teach.
  14. I've been thinking a lot about outsourcing of homeschooling in light of the widening income disparity in the US. I live in an area where there is a very large rich-poor gap: families living in RVs and cars on city streets alongside the uber wealthy. I've recently begun tutoring math to homeschooled students of the latter. It reminds me of the Jane Austen days when only the wealthy could an afford a bespoke education for their children, hiring various tutors and governesses to do the job. At one home, I work with a homeschooled student for an hour, and as I leave, the English tutor arrives. Meanwhile the poorer kids are receiving a substandard education, barely an education at all.
  15. Oh, I didn't know mish-mash was an option! That's me.
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