I have had a handful of students and the first question I ask them is, "What is Math?" I honestly don't expect an educated or well worded or accurate answer, but it normally gauges how valuable or important math is to the student. I generally pass on the students who do not want to learn math and just want a passing grade, but those who are willing to put in the effort and want to learn math I do my best to assist. I am not a teacher, I am a tutor, so I assist and that is what I will and...
I have had a handful of students and the first question I ask them is, "What is Math?" I honestly don't expect an educated or well worded or accurate answer, but it normally gauges how valuable or important math is to the student. I generally pass on the students who do not want to learn math and just want a passing grade, but those who are willing to put in the effort and want to learn math I do my best to assist. I am not a teacher, I am a tutor, so I assist and that is what I will and or should do. I have never had a student fail a course, but I have never taken on a student who was unwilling to do the work.
My approach is pretty straight forward. After the initial question, I start by looking over the text and notes to look at the course instructor's approach and methods taught, as well as, to critique the note taking. After, I normally ask questions straight from the instructions of the assignments and text to gauge the student's comprehension and then test basic definitions and arithmetic. After that pre-tutoring process, the student usually takes over with the questions.
My first experience tutoring started in high school with the sciences and basic math. While in college, I tutored more and the subject matter was primarily Math. Trig up to linear algebra with some dimensional analysis. The degree I was working on required a minor in Math, so I completed more Math courses than most majors require. Because of the mathematical educational path I took, algebra was well ingrained into me. I can honestly say I scratched the surface of what math is.
The courses I have completed, but the list is not limited to, were college algebra, trig, precalc, calc 1 and 2, multidimensional calc, linear algebra-calc based and noncalc based, discrete math, numerical analysis, 2 courses in statistics, and mathematical modeling.
My last student was near my age and she wanted to improve her life and the lives of her children through education. Her last math course was taken in high school and was ove