Without help he probably would have got the wrong nanswer. These wrong answers would probably lower their score. I don't believe you can use somebody who could not figyre out how to simplify a problem for his homework. For good grades the answer has to be right. At least at the schools I have been to, we did not recieve an A if we just trued.I posted an interesting account of an encounter I had with a university student seeking math help in another thread. He could answer calculus questions, but he couldn't deduce what simplified to, or how to plot . That is not "understanding."
What grade did you come out with? I would assume a B possibly an A.Last week I made a pair of silly mistakes on a test. Certainly, I was annoyed with myself afterwards. But it didn't matter, because I still understood all of the material with perfect clarity, and my professors and TAs are perfectly well aware of it. Once you start university, you will discover very quickly that being able to answer practice problems correctly is not what wins you credit. Understanding and attentiveness is. Getting used to concentrating on your grades and not on understanding at the high school level will, as far as I have observed, only force you to make an extra adjustment when you get out. This is precisely why the top schools in their fields have so many criteria beyond grades.
I'm still afraid that a person who makes a C on a test does not thoroughly understand it. I'm still failing to see the logic that people could make a C on the test and then say,"well, I understood it all perfectly".