I have a belief that anyone who wants to learn math has the ability to with a single caveat: the teacher. In other words, if any student is willing to put in the work, then it falls on the teacher to bring them to success and understanding. This is what I hope to achieve in tutoring math.
I had a real rough time understanding my math class. I never have been a wiz at math and struggled to even scrape passing grades. For the first time ever I passed my class with an A thanks to the patience and help from a awesome tutor. He really takes the time to help you actually understand the sections you are working on and motivates you to keep trying until you get to where you need to be.
Obviously I have a very strong grasp on math, however there are gaps in my knowledge that may have come from never really understanding a topic to begin with to forgetting topics over time. That said, to allow myself to be prepared for a tutoring session, I would ask the student to send me their material (homework, study work, etc) ahead of time so I don't waste anytime trying to remember years of mathematics education.
Currently I am in my second year of college , majoring in Electrical Engineering. I have completed math up to Calculus IV and physics up to Physics III with Calculus.
I do not. As I am new to professional tutoring I would expect a low rate, at least to start. Maybe $20/hr
I do not have much professional tutoring experience, however a friend of mine desperately needed help with her college algebra class. Despite living in Alaska at the time with her in Arizona, I agreed. We set up a system of her texting me pictures of her assignments, both of us logging into an online whiteboard, and talking to each other over the phone. The student had failed many math classes and never gotten anything over a C in any that she passed. However, this class she was able to get her first A in a math class.
Now that is great for her and I had fun doing it as well, but that was not what makes this a fond memory. She constantly complained about, "Just not being good at math", and suffered from having no motivation to learn something she considered not possible for her to learn. What we achieved was not only the first A she ever got in a math class, but that she TOTALLY has the aptitude to learn! As I was working with her and she would stumble over something I know she understood, I would reformat the question in such a way for her to get there on her own. So watching her grow from someone without a great math education and very little motivation to learn into someone with enough knowledge to ace tests and who believed in herself to learn is a very fond memory of mine.
The advice I would give is to simply be ready to learn. That is, be ready to accept that just because something isn't aparent to you right now doesn't mean it can't ever be. There IS a solution to these problems we just need to get there.
I think being aware of the mathmatical resources they have been taught is critical to being a successful student. Additionally, when a student is confused on a topic, they should be prepared to share their thought processes leading up to their confusion. Essentially, why they are confused. However, being able to explain what one doesn't understand can be very challenging.
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