Well, we’ve come to the end of the 8-week period in which I was supposed to complete the project. I enjoyed every minute of it, and ultimately accomplished even more than I set out to do. The website looks spiffy:
The project has received words of praise:
And the guide is slowly growing more popular:
I did everything I intended to do. I created something good that remains available to whomever feels the need for it. I feel better about myself and my ability to contribute to the world, and I look forward to carrying that forward into my time at UC Berkeley.
So I’ve been doing whatever I can to spread the word about the guide. I’ve been tweeting, posting, emailing educational professionals, the works. If you can help out, please do!
I made a Powtoon with some nice generic-sounding theme music I wrote to make it a little more fun. Check it out!
I bought the finthematics domain name and have built a website for hosting/promoting the guide. check it out.
So, I did it. I finished the first pass of editing the guide. There were a lot of typos, and a few places where I was able to make the language clearer. I also expanded the General Strategy section and the final “Other Important Tips” section. The new guide is 35 pages long, which is 2 pages longer than the first version. I also included a brief page to describe the proper way to utilized the guide (some of my formatting decisions may seem odd) and I changed the color of the Knowledge Check category from dark yellow to orange to make it more visible. I also changed the Awareness Check category to indigo for the same reason. The final product looks even cleaner than the first edition. I’ve included a screencap of the only example that had four of the six categories, which also happened to be one of the few that I had to review some material before I was able to effectively explain it.
Needless to say, I’m pretty proud.
The next step in the project is to actually field test it with people who will be taking the upcoming SAT and see if the darn thing actually works. I also need to start setting up the website where I’ll be hosting the guide, and I need to look into an necessary licensing I’ll need to obtain in order to legally receive donations for the project. I intend to keep the guide free forever, but I also want to be able to expand on it, so I plan on soliciting donations to purchase an Adobe Illustrator License, a Wacom Tablet and screen-capture software to possibly make a complementary video lecture series, and to offset the website hosting expenses. I also might have to do some marketing in order to actually make people ware that the guide exists, but that step (and all steps, to be quite frank) hinges on the reality that the guide actually helps. If it doesn’t, then I either need to scrap the whole thing or make some major modifications. However, I have a pretty good overall feeling about the whole thing. My grandfather, who is a professor of psychology with a focus on developmental psychology and a big hand in the public education system, thinks the guide is great (he was also my primary editor). Here’s hoping he’s right!
Last night, I finished the first draft of the guide. It’s 31 pages, with 24 total worked examples. I’m now going to have to enter the process of intense editing and serious beta-testing, so if anyone is interested in test-driving the guide, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to follow it for interesting math quips as they come to me.