I'm a private math tutor--been doing it a couple of years, so I'm not terribly experienced yet. I have junior high through college students in most math topics.
It goes the best when the parents hire me to see their student at least twice per week. Then I have a continuous feel for what they are struggling with, and we have time not only to finish their homework, but to review old topics or work ahead.
But many of my families only want one session per week. I sometimes feel we can barely make progress. They come to me with different issues every week and there's no time to do anything but rush through the latest homework.
So my questions are:
how can I work with this situation, infrequent tutoring?
Can I refer them to outside websites or books they can use to study in-between sessions with me? (note: we probably aren't allowed on this stack exchange site to make recommendations for specific sites or products, but if you could just speak generally about the types of sites or books - like a "video lecture site" or "YouTube videos" or "a practice math problem site")
In particular I'm asking about how to make their math experience more continuous, so the student has a clear idea of the topic and moves through it at a good pace, with a chance to clear up any confusion, in spite of obstacles presented by the school, their teacher, their textbook, or infrequent tutoring.
There's a situation with a discontinuous/fractured experience for a different reason -- the student is using a textbook which tries to show connections between different areas of math--by jumping all over the place! So my student can't tell me what topic to prepare him for, and the book obscures some of the typical ways that topics are sequenced.