Six Characteristics to Look for in a MATH TUTOR!
Date: August 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Credentials: B.Sc. (Hon) Eng in Mechatronics (Disclaimer)
1. Educational Background
An effective math tutor must have the ability to master concepts they are teaching to others. Having a strong understanding of mathematical concepts will help the tutor and your child. When teaching elementary and middle school students a high school diploma is the minimal expectation. Math concepts on the high school and collegiate level may require a tutor with an undergraduate degree, preferably an individual with a major emphasizing mathematics, engineering or science.
2. Training or Past Experience
Communication skills are key a component needed when helping others learn. Delivering materials to meet the individual's needs is another important characteristic of an effective tutor. Previous teaching or tutoring is a highly recommended quality when searching for an ideal tutor. Experience at the grade level of your student is also something to look for when selecting an individual. The education field is always changing therefore good tutors work for companies that provide ongoing professional development or seek continual training themselves.
3. Location or Site and Schedule
Reducing the time and cost of traveling expenses is important and should be convenient for the customer.
4. Student to Teacher Ratio
Several case studies have proven that students learn best when instruction is delivered to meet their individual needs. Also smaller class sizes and one-to-one learning, are emphasized so you can get the maximum assistance from math tutoring. Usually, younger students benefit the most from smaller classroom sizes, although older students also improve academically from more individualized attention.
5. Teaching others, Practice and Testing
The best way to retain information that is taught is by teaching others; this method translates into a 90% retention rate. This can be accomplished through probing questions used by the tutor. Practicing is the next best retention method, which results in a 75% retention rate. One way to accomplish this is by completing homework assignments or in-class problem discussions. Ongoing testing will help to ensure that the concepts taught are being mastered.
Individuals that tutor need to be compensated for their time and services, so it is not practical to think that you will receive good math tutoring for free. In order to receive a small student to teacher ratio, it will more than likely cost a little extra. To determine if the money invested is worth it, you will have to look at the individual needs of the student and how much they want to succeed in the subject of math.
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