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Discussing History with Students

It is so helpful to the tutor to have recently read some background information about history in order to make it more interesting to the student. If the tutor can talk to the student and tell him things he didn't know before, or give him ways to remember things in history, it can make learning much easier. Also, to incorporate math into history, every time a date comes up in discussion or reading, the tutor should ask, "Now, how long ago was that?" or maybe "How old was he when he died?" This makes the student think first about what arithmetic process he needs to use to find out, and then to set up the algorithm correctly. Often, when asked how long ago something occurred students will set it up like this: 1886 - 2012 instead of 2012 - 1886.