There are times during a students educational journey when certain classes can seem to get the best of the student. One of those classes many times is math class, as it is really, many times, coming at the student from a different direction than he or she is used to.
The terms and nomenclature of math is different than the everyday life of the student, and this may be a first encounter with a new, and strange subject with as much detail as a math class can entail.
In cases such as this, it is not unusual for the parents of a student in this kind of situation to hire a math tutor to help the student with one-on-one instruction. This can be an excellent way to “get over the hump” so to speak and gain understanding in a better way than is possible in a classroom setting with other students.
A good tutor in math will have a full grasp of the subject matter, yet what is more important is that the tutor will be fully capable of getting the concepts of whatever stage your student across to him or her.
A tutor has to have very good skills in communication as well as an empathy that has no limits. Students who cannot grasp a concept will have more difficulty than most, because nothing will make any sense at all to the student until he or she understands the concept.
Then too, with math there are a lot of procedural steps to problems, where if the student can learn the steps the problems can be solved by simply memorizing the steps.
For example, Algebra is all about solving for unknowns, and if the student learns the processes that it takes to find the solution for the problem, then the rest is made much easier. Algebra is one of the basic forms of math that is used a lot in computer programming, as there is a lot of variables that have to get solved before a program can move on in a sequence.
Each student will have different needs and different ways that they learn. A good tutor must be able to find out how the student learns best, and then gravitate the teaching so that it accommodates the learning method that the student uses the best.
It has been said that the best learning occurs when visual, audible and tactile forms are all combined into one grouping. For example if the person is a visual learner, he or she will respond best when it is “seen” by the way of an illustration step-by-step, or a picture.
If that can be combined along with audio, or an audible explanation, the audio will enhance the video. So a math tutor would illustrate the working of a problem with an audio explanation as the problem unfolds.
Math is like music in that it can also be learned well when it is practiced over and over. So the tutor will have the student do just that with problems until mastery is the result. It is easier to help a student in this way on an individual basis, thus the advantage to tutoring.