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There are many different ways to attack a math problem. One way is to draw a picture. Especially when a concept is new, students who are visual and/or kinesthetic (hands on) learners might SEE the problem more clearly by having the problem drawn out for them, or by drawing it themselves. I don't mean break out the stick-men and stick-women (although, sometimes that can help, too). By using letters, circles, dots, Xs, or whatever is easiest for you, it can make a difficult problem seem much less daunting. For example: "Ron, Jake, Sara and Mikal are meeting at the library. If each student shakes hands with each other student only once, how many handshakes will there be?" Direct your student to write the letters "R", "J", "S" & "M" in a circle, then draw lines between each letter once, making sure to connect each person with the other 3. Now count the lines! It's just one more way your learner can attack a word problem that... read more

First and foremost, I want to say that I'm very excited about this new chapter opening up in my life. I have been an elementary teacher for more than 5 years and have made tutoring a part-time job after school for the past 5 years as well. I am now exploring the possibilities of only tutoring full-time and not going back to the classroom. It is a scary leap, but one that I think will have huge rewards - for me and my students. Anyway - back to the subject at hand: helpful tips. My most valuable piece of advice that I give all of my students is "practice, practice, practice!!" I know that may sound like something your mother always told you, but the fact of the matter is - she's right! I don't mean to practice for hours upon hours every single day, and I certainly don't mean wait until the night before the test and stay up half the night trying to cram all of the information into your brain either. Student's who consistently practice just a little (even just 10... read more

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