Welcome to Geometry HeIp! I’m Ido Sarig, a high-tech executive with a BSc degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA degree in Management of Technology. I live with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
To help pay for my college education, I used to tutor high school kids in math and geometry. I found students were often intimidated by these subjects, especially geometry.
Solving a specific geometry problem is not enough
When my own daughters became high-schoolers, the process repeated itself. I would help them with homework, show them how to solve a certain problem, but this was not enough. When they moved to a new geometry problem, slightly different than the one they just solved with my help, they were again at a loss.
I realized the key was not to help solve a particular geometry problem but to teach them how to approach a problem. What are the hints given in the way the problem was posed that indicate which theorems should be used, what approach would work best.
Why is geometry so hard?
That’s a good question. It looks like some people have an arithmetical way of solving math problems, while others have a visual geometric approach. For those with an arithmetical way of thinking about math problems, spatial relations are not so easy. So they can look at a geometry example and complain that “I just don’t see it.”
The good news? Even without the natural ability to identify spatial relations, these skills can be developed with some practice. Students learn geometry in stages, and moving from one level to the next can be done when one is exposed to geometric experiences.
How this website can help
So the intent of this site is to do two things. Provide a wide array of geometry problems with detailed, step-by-step explanations. But also focus as much on the ‘how’ as a more general way to solve geometry problems.
How to reach me
If you need to contact me, please email GeometryHelpBlog (at) gmail.com. If you tried to find a specific geometry problem on this website and could not find it, I’ll be happy to hear from you and see if I can add it to the site.