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...
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.
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.
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.
I wanted to share something with everybody which seems obvious to me, but I'm not sure everyone is on the same page.
Have you ever had a terribly boring school teacher?
I bet you have because we all have at some point!
It doesn’t mean that these teachers are all uneducated in their subject, (although they might be…) it just means that either:
A. They aren’t involved enough in their field to have passion for it
B. They don’t know how to transmit that passion to students effectively
To be able to have fun or at least gain respect, understanding, or interest in a subject -
the subject must be presented in an interesting way.
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.
This makes learning from these teachers very difficult, especially if the students are self-sufficient learners.
——That is where...
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...