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    There are so many great math curricula out there.  Some are very heavy on drills: and who can deny that drills are extremely important?  Others are wonderful at demonstrating concepts....the thought processes behind working out problems.  Drills can easily bore a student to death and make them feel like math is a punishment, rather than an interesting investigation.  However, they seem to have some mastery of math when, in reality, they don't understand the language of math. Some children pick up on concepts so quickly that a teacher or parent begins to think the student is a prodigy and is past the drills. So the teacher tends to "zoom" through lessons, allowing the student to lose important ground that has already been gained.  Eventually, this leads to a halt in the student's progress.      Obviously, this means that both concepts and drills are equally important, and a tutor should never sacrifice one for the other... read more

Having some fun during lessons helps students better remember formulas and strategies and be more successful. Here are 5 ways to make lessons fun. 1. Come up with cute sayings about formulas or alternative ways to say them. The quadratic formula is the opposite of b give or take the square root of square bees take away 4 air conditioners all over double a. The formula for continuous interest problems is Pert! Are you being Pert? Students will remember what you said when they need those formulas. Silliness will stick in their heads. 2. Relate concepts to students' areas of interest. For example if I have a tennis player we can discuss parabolas by discussing the path of a tennis ball or if I have a runner we discuss the positive, negative, and zero slope of a path. 3. Teach how to use a technological device (calculator, phone, online software) to address questions or problems. Show how graphing, for example,... read more

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