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When working with algebra students, I take the time to listen to how a student intuitively would like to solve a problem. I prefer to build on the student's natural inclinations than force them to learn it "my way." Some of the tricks and techniques I use now to teach students originally came from other students. With algebra 1 introducing the fundamentals needed to succeed in all other math areas, I like to spend extra time reinforcing good note taking, study techniques, and test taking skills.
When working with geometry students I find it beneficial to spend a little extra time looking at why axioms and theorems are true, rather than just using them. Instead of 2 column proofs, I find that students understand proofs of these concepts from drawings and practical examples. Of course, we can work on 2 column proofs if they are required or recommended by the classroom teacher.
When helping prepare students for taking the SAT, I like to spend time discussing test taking strategies in addition to brushing up on math skills. I usually have students complete practice exams first to determine which topics need different explanations or more practice. In the past, I have found that a couple tutor sessions per week for a few weeks before the test is enough preparation for students currently enrolled in any math class. If the student is taking a small break from math classes, I recommend more help.
When helping students in trigonometry, I prefer to focus on how to derive the various identities rather than memorize. This helps take away some of the test anxiety and fear of forgetting.