Hi, I apologize if this post is in the wrong area! How does one become an expert in Math? The only experts I know personally in math are either professors or this tutor that studied math in Vietnam and the math classes she is taking are basically review for her. I would consider someone an "expert" on a particular math concept if they: know where this concept comes from - be it a fundamental property/concept or built from a former property/concept; knows how to derive this concept and show it visually/graphically, if possible (there are other ways to show a concept but if you can show it visually it suggests, IMO, that you just don't have a formula memorized!); and lastly, how a concept connects to other concepts (in other words, they should be able to connect the dots from an advanced concept all the way back to a fundamental property/concept). *Of course, connecting the dots to other concepts is limited by whatever level of math a person has reached. That's why the professors have the high level view of things. I feel the education curriculum (USA), at least in my experience, is extremely inefficient. But I digress... I am fed formulas and concepts and told to memorize them. This drives me crazy and I know it's not the only way to learn. I am in calculus 1 now and just finished up a pre-algebra - algebra 2 self-study review. I used many different resources and I have a much stronger understanding/appreciation of this material. It seems I am doomed to re-learn every math class that I pass. As a side note, I earn As in these math classes, but getting an A and having a strong grasp of the knowledge can be two different things. This is evident with many of the student tutors at my college. They can show you the formula and then it comes down to plug-and-chug. What are your thoughts/experiences? If you're a math expert, what advice would you give to someone striving to be one as well?