Tutoring math has enriched my life for the past 28 years. I help students that struggle with math at any level, from elementary age to college students. I enjoy volunteering at the local middle school and high school weekly as a math tutor. I have worked in the classroom as a substitute for math teachers but truly prefer the individual help I can offer as a tutor.
I have tutored students who have always found math difficult and those who just need help getting through a tough spot because of a heavy course load or challenging math class. Most students meet with me twice weekly but sometimes once a week is enough. I have helped young men and women with the SAT, ACT, CRCT, EOCT, and GED.
I home-schooled my own three children for grades 1-7. My oldest daughter attended college on a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. My second child, my son, is currently attending college on a full scholarship and at the top of his class. My youngest daughter is enrolled in high school and is excelling in a course load of all honors and AP classes. I'm mentioning these facts and bragging about my family to stress that I believe that establishing strong study skills, consistent homework that is challenging and recognizing that each student learns in a unique way was s HUGE factor in how well my children have handled high school and college.
I have tutored many home-schooled students and taught a geometry class during the 2012-2013 academic year to a group of home schooled students. I tutor several students each year but I only take on as many students as will allow me to give my full attention to them.
I tutor in my kitchen and the parents either wait in our den (and read or watch TV), sit in their cars or run errands during the sessions. I have MS (multiple sclerosis) and not having to drive to the student's home saves me a great deal of time and effort. Because the parent has to drive to my house is one of the main reasons I offer some extra time past an hour at no charge. I can spend more time with each student by not driving. Because the student comes to my house, I charge less than most tutors with my years of experience.
THE FIRST SESSION:
The first session can vary depending on the situation that the student is in. Considerations are when the next test or quiz will be, if there is homework that day that needs to be finished, or if there is a project that requires help.
We will discuss the areas of math where there are obvious strengths and the problem areas. If you have an extra 10 to 15 minutes (that you would not have to pay for), it would help put us all at ease to sit together in the den and talk about what the problems are and how long math has been difficult.
As I mentioned, I will correspond with the teacher to stay current with all dates of assessments and to ask the teacher's opinion of any noticeable problems. It's almost always good to find out the teacher's opinion of how much the student is participating in class, even if it's not completely accurate.
At the beginning of the first session (if there's time) we spend 15 to 20 minutes working some general math questions that shouldn't be too difficult. It helps me determine how much material from previous years is being retained and how the student goes about solving a problem.
LENGTH OF THE SESSIONS:
For any session, if the tutoring time lasts 10 or 15 minutes over an hour, you are only charged for an hour. When deciding if the session will be 60 minutes or longer, in all cases, 90 minutes or two 60 minute sessions per week proves to be a better choice than 1 hour per week.
However, I understand the cost of tutoring adds up quickly and if just one 60-minute session per week will have to be the normal schedule, we will make that work.
Also, there will be homework from me and I will need someone to check that it's being attempted on a regular basis, no later than the day before the session. The student will have my email address to ask me questions. I would rather receive an email and help work out a problem (at no charge) than for the student to struggle with a problem and postpone finding out how to solve it. I will show the student several math sites and expect the student to try them mainly to build accuracy in working problems. I will also be looking for ones that that target any difficulties going on.
I will do my best to find a way to make the material as easy to understand for the student as possible. For every hour you pay for, I will be working at least two hours on my own to find the right worksheets, exchanging corresponding with the teacher and talking with you and your son or daughter.
I truly hope I can be of help to you. If I can't, I do hope you find the help you are looking for here at WyzAnt.
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