7 weeks behind on Calculus

Hello All,

As many of you know I come to this forum quite a lot for help. I'm completing a CS degree requiring 2 years of Calculus. Last semester I was taking calculus 1 and it all started pretty easy until we hit definite integrals and application of integrals. I, for the most part, put myself into a hole, since this is an online course and I seem to learn better one on one. However, I decided to do this to be able to work and pay for school and help out at home.

At the moment, I'm completely daunted by the task of differentiating logarithmic functions and will probably be confused for most future topics. Does. Anyone have any suggestions of what a student like me not proficient at math could do? I contacted my school for help with tutors but they are taking quite a bit of time. Any recommended online sites for tutors?

Thanks, for any recommendations.

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Re: 7 weeks behind on Calculus

I used to completely suck at math (still not an expert, but well i'm no longer a novice). There's nothing to be daunted about once you have developed a 'math sense' or 'math instinct'. Basically it can get to the point where you know with your gut in a few seconds what to do when you look at a problem without stalling.... But it takes practice, even if you think you already know the topic, because let's say you solve 50 similar problems and you got a mistake in two of them but they were careless mistakes but the kind of careless mistake was the same (for example you forgot to combine like terms) so that will register in your mind as something you will check for more and soon even with 100 problems solved you'll be able to do it without a careless mistake... Also I really recommend that you know how everything you are solving actually looks like.... a lot of students fail in math because they find it too abstract when they don't realize that all of the equations are representations of a figure and you will see that that also contributes to your 'math sense'. You can use graphing software to do the graphing. Even the derivatives and integrals have graphical properties that can allow you to 'feel' if what you're doing is right and your answer is correct. And finally one really important topic that some teachers don't even teach and some students don't even know is function transformations and matrix transformations.. It is a topic that can allow you to know right away how a function or perhaps a solid represented by a matrix looks like just by looking at the function/matrix..