Ask Dr. Math:
Becoming a Volunteer 'Math Doctor'
The Math Forum's Ask Dr. Math service provides a place for people who
want to share their knowledge of math with people who need help
It is not a 'homework help' service. As a general rule, we don't
provide 'answers' to the questions that we get. Rather, we try to help
our 'patients' get the insight they need to answer their own questions.
The first step toward becoming a 'math doctor' is to try your hand at
answering a typical question, assisted by an online 'guide' that we've
put together to help you evaluate (and possibly revise) your answer as
you write it, as well as to explain some of the philosophy behind our
approach to answering questions. This will give you a feel for what
it's like to try to mentor someone via email, and help you decide
whether this is something you think you'd enjoy doing.
If that works out, we'll set you up with an account,
and you'll start answering live questions as they come in.
Your answers will be reviewed, and you may be required to revise them
one or more times before they can be sent out. When we get to
the point where we're routinely sending your answers without
comment, you'll be cleared to send them directly to the patients.
Does this sound like something you'd like to try? If so, scroll down
to the form, choose a question to answer, provide your name and email
address, and click the button to get started!