Short, sweet and to the point. That’s how many students want their information today, and Partick provides just that for math. A college instructor of mathematic for over 15 years, Partick has created a series of literally hundreds of math tutorials for all levels from basic arithmetic through algebra, trigonometry, calculus to the complex subject of differential equations. There’s even a little probability and statistics thrown in for good measure.
If you have a student who just “doesn’t get it” when it comes to some of the principles, theorems, or practices in your math class, this is a great resource to have. Sometimes having a different explanation can help. Sometimes a different presentation format is the key. Perhaps viewing something like this several times is the key for that student to understand the concepts. Patrick can handle it all for you. With his quirky nature, right down to the masking tape on his “nerd” glasses, he is able to quickly and succinctly explain complicated mathematical concepts for students and adults alike.
The homepage of JMT utilizes a menu bar across the top to allow you to select the course you would like help in. Once to that section of the page, the tutorials follow a basic outline from the simplest concepts through to the more complicated. Clicking a link will take you to a second page where an embedded video will play and suggestions for up to 5 more tutorials will be made for additional help. The one big downside to using this site directly in the classroom is that the embedded videos are linked directly from YouTube, and as a result, may be blocked by your school’s filtering program. Check with your building principal or IT Department about this. Of course, this might only be a minor inconvenience as there are several programs that will allow you to parse the video from the site and play it in a stand alone player (I prefer DownloadHelper in Mozilla Firefox and then playing the video in a standalone Flash or Quicktime player.)