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Start the school year ahead of the game!

John Deubert is pleased to announce the 2018 Acumen Tutoring Jump Start Summer Classes.

Sign_up_now Jump Start Summer Classes provide an in-depth preview of topics in a student's upcoming math courses.

Summer 2018 Jump Start offerings present first-quarter topics in:

If your son or daughter is taking one of these courses in the coming school year, a Jump Start Summer Class will give them a large boost in understanding and confidence.


What classes are on offer?

Jmp_Classes_2 The Jump Start Summer 2018 offerings are a pair of classes offering an preview of the first quarter's topics in the math classes that give most students trouble in transition. These courses are appropriate for students at any school.

A full description of each summer class, including a day-by-day outline, is available here. However, following is a list of the classes offered this summer (together with the school-year courses to which they correspond):


Where are the summer classes conducted?

AddressBox106_Retina Jump Start Summer Classes take place at the Acumen Tutoring classroom in the Ortega Village Business Center, adjacent to St. Margaret Episcopal School:

31726 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 106
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

If you are familiar with the business park, we are located behind Ballpark Pizza.


When are the classes scheduled?

Here is the current schedule of classes:

Algebra 2 (Regular, Honors): Algebra 2 Foundations
5 days, 2½ hours/day
July 16-August 20 9:00-11:30
July30-August 3 12:30-3:00

Geometry (Regular, Honors): Theorems, Postulates, and Proofs
5 days, 2½ hours/day
July 16-August 20 12:30-3:00
August 6-10 9:00-11:30

Calculus (Regular, AP): Limits, Derivatives, and Integrals
5 days, 2½ hours/day
July 23-27 9:00-11:30
July30-August 3 9:00-11:30


What do Jump Start Summer Classes cost?

This year's Jump Start classes are the same length and so are priced identically:


Course Descriptions

Following are the complete course descriptions and day-by-day outlines of this summer's offerings. The two prices listed for each class are the standard fee and the Acumen Tutoring student fee.


Algebra 2 Foundations

School-year course: Algebra 2 / Algebra 2 Honors
Prerequisite school-year course: Algebra
Duration: 5 days, 2½ hours/day
Cost: Tutoring student: $320 / Standard: $350


Having finished a year of Geometry, the high school math curriculum returns to Algebra; Algebra 2 is an extension of algebra, exploring the further reaches of that subject, adding a great in-depth study of such topics as trigonometry. Unfortunately, students have had more than a year to almost entirely forget the things they learned in their algebra. Algebra 2 compensates for this by spending upward to 8 weeks reviewing topics from Algebra 1: functions, factoring quadratics, parent functions and their transformations, etc.

Algebra 2 Foundations covers all the Algebra 1 topics that the student will need to make the first quarter of Algebra 2 a breeze. As we discuss Algebra topics, we’ll also look at how those topics will be extended later in the Algebra 2 course so that they will be familiar with those topics when they finally arrive in the school year.

All in all, Algebra 2 Foundations will make the first quarter of Algebra 2 very, very easy.

Class Outline

Day 1

  • Real numbers & integers
  • Arithmetic with exponents and radicals

Day 2

  • Polynomials and factoring

Day 3

  • Rational expressions
  • Domains and ranges, holes and asymptotes

Day 4

  • Graphing equations
  • Parent functions

Day 5

  • Parent functions and their transformations
  • Wrap-up

Theorems, Postulates, and Proofs

School-year course: Geometry/Geometry Honors
Prerequisite school-year course: Algebra
Duration: 5 days, 2½ hours/day
Cost: Tutoring student: $320 / Standard: $350


The most difficult skill that all Geometry students must learn is that of constructing a formal proof.

Proving an assertion from known fact is a detailed, exacting process that is unlike anything else students do in high school. Acquiring this skill takes time and practice and most students are frustrated and despairing during the process.

Theorems, Postulates, and Proofs eases the frustration and eliminates the despair. We introduce some basic theorems and postulates applying to parallel lines and triangles. We then learn how to construct proofs from these "first principles." By the end of class, the student will have written dozens of proofs and will be very familiar with the process and expected results.

This course is appropriate for students taking either Geometry or Geometry Honors in any high school.

Class Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction: Facts, consequences, & inference
  • Theorems & postulates
  • Properties of operations
  • Segment Addition Postulate

Day 2

  • Informal proofs
  • Formal proofs
  • Parallel lines

Day 3

  • Formal proofs with parallel lines

Day 4

  • Triangle theorems
  • Proofs with triangles
  • More proofs

Day 5

  • Congruent Triangle theorems
  • More proofs with triangles
  • Wrap-up

Limits, Derivatives, and Integrals

School-year course: Calculus, AP Calculus AB/BC
Prerequisite school-year course: Precalculus
Duration: 5 days, 2½ hours/day
Cost: Tutoring student: $395 / Standard: $450


Calculus is the start of a new era in a student’s mathematics education; it is not difficult, but is utterly different from all the math that has come before. Once the student understands the new concepts, calculus is not particularly more difficult than algebra 2.

The one-week Jump Start calculus class gives the student an understanding of those concepts. The week presents an overview of the three concepts on which calculus is based: limits, derivatives, and integrals. Going into the class with an initial understanding of these concepts will greatly help the student adapt to this new math.

This course is appropriate for students taking either Calculus or AP Calculus in any high school.

Class Outline

Day 1

  • Review of functions
  • Limits of functions
  • Working with limits

Day 2

  • Limits and the slope of a curve
  • Derivatives

Day 3

  • Working with derivatives
  • Derivative word problems

Day 4

  • Area under a curve
  • Introduction to integrals
  • Practice with integrals

Day 5

  • More integrals
  • What to expect in the coming year