Over the years, I have had some students who have made fantastic improvements and a few who made little to no improvements. The only difference is in the students' commitment to working. If your student is not going to try problems independently before they see me, then I am not the tutor for you. Progress is only made if the student is taking responsibility for trying the work first, taking great notes, and having the attitude that improving in math
matters to them personally. They should come prepared to show me exactly what they are working on in math and what problems they got wrong or did not know how to start. If they have a teacher who does not let them keep old tests and quizzes, then they need to commit to quickly writing
down all the problems they got wrong on their test. This should be done every single time in order to ensure that they can figure out whether the mistake was a concept error or a careless error. Otherwise it will be impossible for me to guess what they have gotten wrong and how they can improve.
With this type of approach, 1 on 1 tutoring a great investment
. Everyone has math skills they are weak in that need improving. Once you improve your weaknesses, you have a strong foundation on which you can build your knowledge. I have experience teaching secondary mathematics
(7th-12th) as well as some college Mathematics courses.
Rates for tutoring at my home in Williams Twp. (Easton PA 18042):
Mon-Fri 10am -ending by 5:30pm or weekends is $35 an hour
At your home: I have limited hours in the evening: $50 an hour.
For students taking the SAT
: If you do NOT have a study book, please consider purchasing the Collegeboard workbook as I have found it to be the best one since they are the test maker. I have a passion for preparing students for the SAT test
since this can lead to huge scholarships! Sometimes I have extra that you can ask about that I purchase off of ebay for about $10 (which is more than half off!).
For the SAT: log onto collegeboard.com and set up an account; get the question of the day sent to your email
. Because tutoring can add up to be an expense I encourage students (though not required) to do the practice test on the college board website; use the college board workbook and do some practice tests as possible BEFORE we meet. Then we use the time to go over the questions that were missed or skipped. I recommend (though not required) using a TI-83 plus or TI-84 (or higher) graphing calculator. Also, when the students are signed up for the test, please try to pay the extra $20 or so to get their specific results so that they will get a copy of the test booklet and their specific results with answers. The math included does not go beyond Algebra
Note, on the SAT, you are penalized for wrong multiple choice answers. So, you should only answer a multiple choice question if you can narrow it down to 2 answers. On the student response section, answer all of them because you are not penalized for a wrong answer.
For the ACT: you should go to act.org and try their practice test. This test has a science
section and you are NOT penalized for wrong answers. Therefore, answer every single question. The mathematics is a bit more straight forward than the SAT, however there is some trigonometry
in addition to the Alg 2. I would highly recommend taking this test in addition to the SAT!
Please call ASAP so that together we can help your student build a solid foundation in math. So many college majors require higher mathematics. Students should not have to limit their dreams because of a lack of foundation in mathematics. Start 1 on 1 tutoring today!