This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Before taking this course I wish I had known how much self studying was necessary to do well on the IB exam. Going into the test a few days ago, I realized I wasn't prepared at all.
Course highlights:
I have never considered myself a "math person" and the idea of taking calculus in high school terrified me, but I am really glad I decided to challenge myself. I learned to never think of yourself as not capable enough to take a class. Just do it—you'll expand your knowledge and gain confidence in your abilities.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Self-study! Do not rely on teaching in class as enough if you want to do well on the IB exam.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Calculus is a subject which daunts most students, but it's without a doubt one of the most rewarding courses that a student who's interested in math can take. The treatment of the material that Mrs. Prado provides is invaluable: she structures her class so that there's a lecture for the first half of the period and time to work on the problem sets for the second half. The thought behind this is to expose everyone to the material and allow the faster students to keep going, while those who are having trouble can come to her during the latter half of the class for extra reinforcement with the problem set. Prado also focuses on just calculus for the primary part of the course. My class was taught calculus in general until about March when we finished the material, and from then on the focus shifted to the AP test. Mrs. Prado didn't just teach us to pass the AP test, she taught us Calculus first and foremost and that made a massive difference.
Course highlights:
We obviously learned a lot of math. But we also learned about the way we learn. I was at the top of my class and helped with workshops held after school to reinforce the students' understandings of the concepts, and I noticed that students were tending to rely less and less on flash cards and traditional techniques. Instead, it became a collaborative effort with more connections between students. There was a group chat among the students and Prado made herself available to us and we found a balance there which was unexpected.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
This isn't like any other math course you've taken. You'll need to think in new ways and be more creative with math, which most students don't expect. DO NOT be afraid to ask questions and ask for help, and don't try and memorize your way through it. The most valuable resource you can find is right there in your classmates.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The methods of the teacher are simple and effective, and only students genuinely interested in the course material are enrolled. The classroom is a relaxed yet focused environment, and students will receive as much benefit from the course as the effort they put into learning from it.
Course highlights:
The discipline to do homework on my own (next to classmates who perpetually refused to follow suit) and feel the later satisfaction of scoring well on quizzes and other assessments.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Do your homework to pass the quizzes!