Are you searching for a math
tutor? Maybe you need assistance with Calculus
, or perhaps you are simply looking to refine your knowledge for an upcoming university entrance exam. I have the over twenty five years experience teaching and tutoring students, from ages 8 to 64, on topics including mathematics
, and astronomy
When I first meet the student, my immediate goal is to determine in which topics they are having difficulty. I speak to the student, whatever age, as a person. Not necessarily as a peer, but always with respect -- and my students respond appropriately. Usually, a genuine rapport develops, which is the first step to gain the student's trust. During this time, I also gain insight into how the student learns (visually, audibly, kinesthetically), and what might be likely stumbling blocks, such as resentment towards authority, or a strong fear of failure.
I am usually able to quickly determine which gaps exist for the student in the subject matter. I ask questions about their knowledge and present problems to test their abilities. While the student works on increasingly challenging questions that I pose, I review their textbook and other materials for official curriculum needs.
When gaps become clear, I try to fill to most basic ones first. For example, many times I have found a students unable to explain multiplication. In response, instead of handing over a times table, I bring a blank times-table, and ask the student to fill it in. When finished, I ask the student to point out patterns, and to explain what they have learned.
By the end of the first session, the student has gained understanding of concepts, while I have learned about the student's knowledge and what steps must next be taken. I will occasionally assign a little homework (never very much) to the student, usually straight from their textbook. I also often assign myself homework -- to review material for the next session, and to prepare examples for the student to consider. I make known to the student what homework I will be completing, and ask the student to recommend more. (The students appreciate that I get homework, and love assigning some to me!!)
I assure you that if you select me as your tutor, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to working with you.
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You may know that (x + y)(x - y) = x^2 - y^2. You can use this to find short-cuts to multiplying!
To find the product of two numbers, we will transform both numbers -- one into a sum, the other into a difference. Start by finding their average (the mean, or simply, the number half-way between them). Now, find the difference for each number to this average.
Your larger number can be...