? Frequently Asked Questions ?

  • Q: What type of tutoring services do you offer?
  • A: I categorize my tutoring services into the following areas:
    1) “Back-on-Path” Tutoring: in this situation, the student is only struggling with a particular topic or two and would like to meet one-on-one for a few sessions to get back on track. 
    2) “Full-Scale” Tutoring: in this situation, the student has had a history of struggling in math and would like one-on-one tutoring throughout the school year to increase their successes in their math course. 
    3) “Group” Tutoring: If the student is more comfortable working with me and a friend who is in their class (or has the same teacher), this is option to meet as a group. This is also a good way for parents to keep costs down. 
    4) “Forward” Tutoring: In this situation a student works with me during the summer to prepare for the math course they will be taking in the upcoming year (in my opinion, the most effective type of tutoring!).
  • Q: Which math courses have a Virginia Standard of Learning (SOL) test?
  • A: SOL tests at the end of certain courses determine whether the student receives a “verified credit” (a certain number of which are required for graduation). The Mathematics courses which have an associated end-of-course SOL test are: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (or Algebra II/Trigonometry).
  • Q: What is the difference between a Standard Unit of Credit and a Verified Unit of Credit?
  • A: A Standard Unit of Credit is earned by passing a course with a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction. A Verified Unit of Credit is earned by passing a course and its related end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) test where an end-of-course test is required. Students may repeat end-of-course tests to earn the verified credits needed for graduation.
  • Q: How many math courses do I need to graduate?
  • A: Most students will earn either a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma. Please see your school Guidance Department or the LCPS Program of Studies for the number of Standard and Verified credits for each type of diploma. In general, for a Standard Diploma, a student needs 3 standard credits and 1 verified credit. For an Advanced Studies Diploma, a student needs 4 standard credits and 2 verified credits