As much as I enjoy tutoring students in math, I am also aware of the limited opportunities to earn a decent income as a private tutor. As teaching professionals we usually don't know much about creating business opportunities. If anyone would like to discuss ideas about getting together in the New York area to start another kind of tutoring business that might be more financially lucrative, I'd be happy to listen. Having tutored math for a few years now I see the great need to help these kids overcome their math anxiety and get through high school and college with a passing grade. Let's pool our resources and figure out a way to help these kids and make decent money at the same time.

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HI Vincent:

I realize New York is in the middle of everything, and North Pole, Alaska is in the middle of nowhere, but I think I can still contribute to the cause!

I've been a technical writer for about 35 years, but only recently have I been able to (almost) make a living at it. I also teach electronics at the community college and do scientific instrument design and some industrial engineering. My passion is resurrecting the whole concept of APPRENTICESHIP...which is why I teach technical arts. I find it's a lot easier to teach kids (and adults!) abstract principles when there's some hardware attached to it! In high school, I was very fortunate to have been in electronics class at the same time we were studying imaginary numbers....as an example in my case, if it wasn't for the practical AC electronics, I never would have understood the blasted things! I think MOST kids are probably in this boat! I think only a minuscule percentage of students (even really bright ones) are into math for the sake of math....but want to know how to DO something with it!

Having had some really bad math teachers (and a couple of great ones) I think I have an idea of how to and how NOT to teach math! If there is one thing I would like to see happen (and I'm sure it's the same in New York as Alaska), it would to have a LOT more interaction between the math teachers and the shop teachers. I don't know how this would exactly play out in terms of business opportunities, but I have a few ideas rattling around in my cranium.

Eric