I wish to announce that the San Diego City College student who approached me at the beginning of this semester, without any prior credit for any college-level mathematics, earlier today passed the assessment examination for MATH 119 Statistics enrollment.
I could hear the raw emotion in his voice as he thanked me for the weekly private tutoring sessions we had at the campus Learning Resource Center on Friday mornings. We covered just about every Algebra I/II topic he could stomach, although I was worried that we did not get too deeply into logarithmic functions and matrix Gauss-Jordan elimination before our last session ended last Friday. He said there was no way he was losing my telephone number now, with MATH 119 coming up next semester. His ultimate goal is to be calculus-prepped before he transfers to UC Berkeley.
I told him that he needed to go out and celebrate. Immediately. That's an order!
In the meantime, I see the need to lesson-plan for trigonometry and pre-calculus starting yesterday.