Understanding Articles - Wyzant Tutor Blogshttps://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/understandingThis is an aggregate of all of the Understanding articles in Wyzant.com's Tutors' Blogs. Wyzant.com is your source for tutors and students.Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:40:22 -0600https://www.wyzant.com/images/logos/wyzant-logo.pngUnderstanding Articles - Wyzant Tutor Blogshttps://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/understandinghttps://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/understanding377393https://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/377393/math_concepts_vs_drillsAmy F.https://www.wyzant.com/resources/users/view/85499067Math Concepts vs. Drills<div> 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. </div>
<div> Obviously, this means that both concepts and drills are equally important, and a tutor should never sacrifice one for the other. A student MUST know their tables by heart, and I mean instantly! Since this can become a drudgery, the tutor needs to find many roads to lead the student down the path of mastering the multiplication/division and addition/subtraction tables. There are different methods for different ages.</div>
<div> For example, a primary student delights in making a colorful lapbook. Examples are abundant over the internet. Children love opening a book that they made on their own and reading it over and over.</div>
<div> For elementary students, taking a timed quiz over and over increases their confidence and lets them see their progression. They take pleasure in beating their own score each day until they reach "perfection". </div>
<div> Middle school students need to begin recognizing patterns. For instance, the pattern in the 8's times tables look like this:</div>
<div> 08, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80</div>
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<div> Notice that the left side of the number (the ten's place) increases by one, except that 4 repeats itself twice (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). The right hand side of the number (the one's place) repeats the pattern: 8, 6, 4, 2, 0, 8, 6, 4, 2, 0...... etc. When written vertically, this pattern is much more obvious.</div>
<div> Teaching concepts, for me, always begins with learning the "language" of mathematics. For example, one can substitute the word "of" for the multiplication sign. 1/4 of 40 is the same as saying 1/4 times 40. Fractions can always be read as a division problem. 2/4 is the same as saying two divided by four. If a tutor doesn't explain concepts, math will become drudgery and uninteresting.</div>
<div> Therefore, please include drill and concepts in your lessons on a consistent basis to ensure success and the pleasure of learning mathematics!</div>
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<div>Have Fun Teaching!</div>
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<div>Miss Amy</div>
<div>Reading/Math/Piano Tutor</div>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 17:00:30 -05002015-09-07T17:00:30-05:00344213https://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/344213/more_than_just_patienceAngela E.https://www.wyzant.com/resources/users/view/76974160More Than Just Patience<div>In my past 15 years of experience in tutoring and 10 years of child care I have heard MANY people say you must have lots of patience. Even though one must have patience when working with children one must also have understanding and a passion for working with children.</div>
<div>When I say one must have understanding I mean children have different situations and ways of life at home that will effect the way they act at school. So please remember when having to deal with a difficult child at work or during a tutoring or during a lesson session just remember they might be going through something in there life that you are not aware of. </div>
<div>And when I say a passion for working with children I mean is that one must be truly passionate for what they do especially when working with children.</div>Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:36:19 -05002015-04-12T16:36:19-05:00307182https://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/307182/how_to_have_fun_and_learnMatthew F.https://www.wyzant.com/resources/users/view/85190908How to have fun and learn<div>Hello!<br /><br />I wanted to share something with everybody which seems obvious to me, but I'm not sure everyone is on the same page.<br /><br />Have you ever had a terribly boring school teacher? <br />I bet you have because we all have at some point!<br />It doesn’t mean that these teachers are all uneducated in their subject, (although they might be…) it just means that either:<br />A. They aren’t involved enough in their field to have passion for it<br />or<br /> B. They don’t know how to transmit that passion to students effectively <br /><br />To be able to have fun or at least gain respect, understanding, or interest in a subject - <strong>the subject must be presented in an interesting way.</strong><br />It seems obvious when you put it that simply, but some or most teachers don’t care enough to even pretend to be excited, passionate or involved in their field. <br />This makes learning from these teachers very difficult, especially if the students are self-sufficient learners.<br /><br />——<strong>That is where I come in</strong> ——<br /><br /><br />I bring the fun, interest, and understanding to concepts that the average teacher or tutor cannot seem to find. If you have or ever have in the future a teacher who inspires you in any subject, and they seem like a happy, well-doing person - <strong>stick with them.</strong> Soak up all the information and advice they have about, not just the technical parts of whatever you are learning, be it math, music, or science, but even more importantly try to figure out in them what makes them have such a passion for a subject - because then <strong>you have a chance of finding that passion too!</strong><br /><br /> <strong>Do not settle for average</strong><br />-average enjoyment<br />-average grades<br /><strong>-average life</strong><br /><br /><strong>Take your education - and in turn your quality of life - to the next level</strong><br />Do not just pass the class, learn to enjoy it and appreciate it the old fashion way<br /><strong>First hand, one-on-one, regularly, from someone who already does</strong><br /><br /></div>Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:52:12 -06002014-12-05T17:52:12-06:00266074https://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/266074/physics_and_mathematicsAntonio B.https://www.wyzant.com/resources/users/view/84753940Physics and Mathematics<div>Two types of studies that many people despise the most are Science and Mathematics. Some people cannot even stand to hear them mentioned. Truth is, whatever you are actually extremely good at, others may need some improvement. Although there are scientists and mathematicians out there who are able to analyze and engineer scary and complex looking graphs and three-dimensional shapes and models, they do have some weaknesses. One of my weaknesses in academia is reading (especially when it is uninteresting to me). I have struggled with reading for quite some time and there are times where I actually have to force myself to read, not because I can't do it, because I can. This is the same for many others, it's not that you do not like math/science, its just you were taught to memorize it and not understand it. Back when you did adding and subtracting, math was pretty fun right? Well I am sure you will find science and more complex mathematics fun once you understand them. I am here to help you understand them, and bring those fun and joy filled moments for math back!</div>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:07:29 -05002014-03-21T10:07:29-05:00