I am currently tutoring a student for the Integrated Algebra regents, and he's really doing great.
It's his father that bothers me.
He does do some math (he's an accountant or actuary of some sort), but doesn't have the time to help his son. Whatever. But whenever I meet him, he makes an argument that I should not be focusing so much on the multiple choice, but more on the free-form questions at the end. (Every. Single. Time.)
FWIW, I think he's wrong for a few reasons: the way I teach, I teach math over test method (so I'm really teaching both whenever I tutor); the argument that they're worth more is really false (30 multiple choice * 2 points each = 60 points, which puts us in the 80's); and I'm really just grading my student's practice tests, on which (taking the last one for an example) he gets all the free-form questions right, and really needs the most help on the multiple choice; on the free-form if you make a mistake, you can get partial credit, unlike multiple choice; and a few other reasons.
I have given the father most of these reasons at one point or another, in a rational and respectful manner (he is, after all, the one paying me;), but I would like some advice on how to tell him to let me do the job he hired me to do without repeated, unsolicited and unhelpful input from him.
Bonus: I'm not too closed-minded to think that my way is the only way. Does my employer have any saving grace specifically in his arguments that more focus should be placed on the final sections of this test?