First of all, most individuals are quite capable of learning math, however, some of us don't realize it. Attitude is everything, be confident and know that you're capable of learning mathmatics! If you're struggling in math, there are usually learning gaps and/or you haven't had a teacher use a method that supports your understanding of the concept. All too often the concept is memorized but poorly understood. A tutor can help, but make sure you get the right tutor. Here are a few tips to make sure you select the right tutor:
- The tutor needs to have strong content knowledge, find out what their credentials are.
- The tutor should make you feel at ease and confident.
- The tutor should be able to assess where your gaps are, address them and have you feeling good about moving forward.
- Math is like a sport, practice is everything. Your tutor should leave you with practice questions to complete until your next vist. You should feel challenged by these questions but comfortable in working out the solutions.
- Most importantly, you need to feel comfortable with your tutor, you'll need to share your areas of weakness with the tutor.
- The tutor should be using assessment to help move you forward, good assessments point out your strengths and weaknesses and guide instruction.
- You should see success within the first 3-4 visits and you should have those 'a ha' moments because you now understand!
Tutors offer their services through email, telephone, chat tools and one to one or small group instruction - know what your learning needs are. Email and telephone isn't for everyone. References are great too, if your tutor is established, they should be able to provide you with names of individuals they've helped and the proof is higher grades. Now you're ready to shop for your math tutor!