There are many situations in which a student or parent might want to seek extra help with math.
- Does the student often need to retake assessments? As a teacher, I like to offer make-ups because I want my students to know it's more important to learn the material than to move on before they're ready. Needing to frequently retake assessments means that the student needs to reevaluate how they are preparing. Often, getting a tutor can help them figure out how to best study independently.
- Does the student freeze during assessments? Does their mind go blank? Or do they think they did well but it turns out that wasn't the case? It's possible the student has test anxiety and needs to build their confidence. Talking through the material with someone is one of the best ways to alleviate that anxiety.
- Does the student have a difficult time staying caught up with the material? Do they feel like they always get it after the test or quiz but not before? This is very common. Sometimes, a little review session or two is enough to build confidence and solidify understanding.
- Does the student have a hard time seeing how the different lessons are connected? Math concepts should relate to each other between lessons. If they aren't, the student would benefit from having help connecting them.
- Is the student unfamiliar with the SAT's? Do they often randomly choose bubbles on multiple choice tests? Has the student taken the SAT's and want to improve their score? These are all good indicators that the student should work with someone to help them prepare for the test.