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How can I help/tutor a friend who is taking the same course as me?

I am a STEM major and have a good friend who is a non-STEM major. We are both taking a CS minor, me because it is relevant to my field of study and he because he wants a backup plan in case his ...
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Should/ how should I help students reframe their negative thoughts about their own mathematical abilities?

Let me know if you think the following would be better suited for academia.stackexchange. But I think some answers will be maths-specific, so I'll start with it here. I'm a maths tutor. Up until now, ...
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For students who don't have instant recall with basic arithmetic, should I be stubborn about training them to have instant recall before moving on?

I'm a maths tutor, and my students/tutees are aged $11 - 18.$ Obviously I have limited time with students, usually one hour per week. Moreover, if parents don't see improvement over a year or two they ...
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Student forgets to remove dx after integrating

I am tutoring another US college student in a Calculus 1 class. Initially, she was having trouble with basic concepts, but after much prodding most of the conceptual difficulties seem to have been ...
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Advice on how to tutor a twelve year old that starts to cry?

I have a new math pupil. She is an emotional 12 year old girl who starts to cry when she doesn't understand something. Her father said she is sensitive. I was asked to do more praising and encouraging ...
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How do I get started as an online math tutor?

I have a master in math, teaching experience as a graduate student, TA experience and tons of in-person tutoring. I feel like a pretty prime candidate to be an online tutor. Can anyone give me some ...
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Is the AC Method of Factoring polynomials more popular and used by teachers than others methods of factoring polynomials?

This is an example of the AC Method: $ x^2 + 16x +63 $ (1) $x² + 7x$ (2) $9x + 63$ (1) $x(x + 7)$ (2) $9(x + 7)$ so we have: $x(x + 7)+ 9(x + 7)$ (1) with (2) The Result is: $ (x+9)(x+7) $ I have more ...
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How to recognize possible dyscalculia in a student?

I am looking for input/advice regarding whether a student I just began tutoring may have dyscalculia - and, if so, how to go about broaching the subject / assisting them as best as possible. I'd ...
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Dealing with disagreeable students and not compromising

I act as a tutor sometimes for students who are self-studying undergraduate-level math. Most of the students have already earned an undergraduate degree in something and some of the students are PhDs ...
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A smart student that struggles in exams

I am tutoring a grade 8 student that failed his math exam, but surprisingly it seems that he is more than smart enough: he understands everything I say really quickly, and he knows most of the ideas ...
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What is the purpose of "instant" tutoring?

I want to start by sharing my teaching philosophy: I believe in teaching in a way that is primarily student-centered. That is, I prefer to do less talking to give the student(s) more time to practice ...
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Is playing and teaching chess appropriate in private lessons?

I am giving tutoring to a high school student since more than one year and half. He is about 17 years old. He has excellent results in mathematics, being best student in his class for the last year ...
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Typical structure for walk-in math tutoring in US high schools?

I'm now semi-retired after a career teaching physics (and occasionally math) at a community college, and am looking for opportunities to volunteer with disadvantaged youth. During my college career, I ...
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Advice on teaching abstract algebra and logic to high-school students

NOTE: This question will soon be duplicated, as I didn't make clear that I was a high school sophmore in the beginning. At first I thought it didn't matter, and somewhat arrogant to mention, but in ...
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Measuring the effectiveness of one-on-one instruction?

I've been recently thinking a lot about what would be the "best possible instruction method", and in regards to that, I've been drawn the question of what would be possible if a student had ...
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Best Touchscreen Laptop for Tutoring During COVID Pandemic

I run a small tutoring company, and I specialize in math and science. During the pandemic, I began tutoring online using our 3 year old HP Pavilion touchscreen laptop. It has served me well using just ...
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What to do when uncertain about a question while tutoring

I tutor various math subjects online for a large tutoring company. I know that as a math tutor, it's my responsibility to be able to explain any concept in a way that makes sense to the student, or to ...
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How do I select an appropriate math tutor?

I'm hunting online to find a remote math tutor for my 9 and 11 year olds. I have hired tutors in the past ranging from high school students to experienced teachers and my luck has varied. What are the ...
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Teaching a student who refuses to learn

How to deal with a student who refuses to learn? I've met a few of those over the years as a a private-class math teacher. They don't want to learn anything about the subject. Some of them are just ...
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"Table" method for expanding brackets vs "each term in the first bracket gets multiplied by each term in the second bracket"

Hi I've just discovered mathseducators stackexchange. As a maths tutor in the UK, I am irritated that some of my students - particularly GCSE and sometimes below - use the table method for expanding ...
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tutorial active learning

This is a question I asked on [Academia.se]. It did not get an answer, so I am re-posting it here. In the country where I live, university students studying mathematics usually attend lectures, ...
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How important is knowledge of trig identities for use in Calculus

I have a question regarding tutoring a calculus student. They need to prove trig identities such as $$\frac{1}{1-\sin x}+\frac{1}{1+\sin x}=2\sec^2x.$$ Doing this kind of problem is very tedious and ...
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Would a 1990's educated person need additional content knowledge to tutor high school mathematics today?

Have there been any major content (not pedagogical) changes in the basic US high school mathematics curriculum since the mid-1990's? More specifically, if I wanted to become a tutor of high school ...
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When should students stop receiving tutoring for mathematics?

I work in a University Tutor Lab that covers content up to Calculus II. However, when a student in a Calculus III or Differential Equations class comes in, some other tutors and I will still tutor ...
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Studies about group tutoring sessions

I’m not sure if this question belongs here, so I apologize if it doesn’t. I work in a tutoring center at my university where we tutor every subject. Mathematics is in high demand, and occasionally my ...
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What is a good format of tutorial sessions?

At my university, traditionally a few lectures of a course should be tutorial sessions. The idea is that instead of covering new materials, the teacher should go over many exercises so that student ...
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Teaching methods to make a weak student good at math? (particularly student from social science background)

I am currently teaching a high-school student, 1st grade Social Science. He is weak in mathematics. My initial strategy was to explain basic concept but with high repetitions, so that he can have a ...
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What are tutoring strategies for students struggling in math?

I am a tutor for a student and I work with him 7 days a week, for about 2-3 hours a day. The student severely struggles with math, although I am a tutor for every subject (he is in high school). His ...
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More intermediate steps or check well-understanding

I work as a math tutor mostly for talented high-school students that are passionate about mathematics and want to learn more of it beyond school programs. They are very smart kids, but I noticed that ...
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How to help my tutoring students study between sessions

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 ...
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Students understand during course but can't solve exam

I am teaching a math class where the students, most of them, tell me that they can understand the materials given by me during the course. I test them during the course too and they seem to get it. ...
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Hardware for real time streaming of writings and drawings

Looking for the necessary hardware to share, in real time streaming, the writings and drawings done in a paper or notebook. It looked like something easy to find but after two hours goggling, nothing ...
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What are teachers' expectations on private tutoring in secondary education?

By "tutoring", I mean when parents hire someone to help their child one-on-one. I am referring to secondary education. This "help" can take many forms, some of which are: Re-teaching concepts that ...
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Is There Such Thing as Learning Disability in Math?

I am currently tutoring a student who is really lacking in math. At first I thought she was just resistant; perhaps she thought that her teacher had no choice but to pass her. What truly stunned me ...
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Should students teach other students?

I am interested in creating a curriculum that helps cultivate students abilities to teach one another. Specifically good one-on-one instruction includes elements like: Examples, Pictures, Humor, ...
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What can I teach a talented student who is enthusiastic about math?

I have a very clever student in Grade 7. Due to carelessness and English (which is not his native language), he failed the placement test and can't learn Grade 8 math (algebra 1) in school. School ...
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How to teach a student algebra who misses too much previous knowledge?

I am now tutoring a student in Grade 9, who falls behind in math study. He lacks the basic understanding of operations and inverse operations, and have trouble dealing with negative numbers and ...
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Phone app or webpage to link HS students to free math tutor?

I have been doing volunteer high-school math tutoring in person. But nowadays, I think there should also be an online way of connecting a student in need of help, with someone willing to help them. ...
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Material on tutoring university level math classes

Can anyone recommend online or printed sources on anything related to teaching university level math tutorials (that accompany a lecture course taught by someone more senior, but I'd also be happy ...
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Tutoring Discrete Mathematics

A few weeks ago, I started tutoring a student in Discrete Mathematics (a subject I took a year ago). I have previously tutored both pre-calculus and calculus, but never a proof based class. I have ...
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Software and techniques for creating short maths animation videos for kids

I am a teacher and want to start on online website with videos to make work easy for both parents and teachers in mathematics for children. I saw this video and was wondering if someone could help me ...
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How to explain how to get an end point of a segment from the other end point and it's midpoint?

I've had to try to explain the following problem: Let $PQ$ be a line segment, given $P(x_1, y_1)$ and the midpoint $M(x_2, y_2)$, find the coordinates of $Q$. I always draw a diagram and draw $\...
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How to teach a weak student?

I am tutoring a 9th grade student. And he is terribly weak in mathematics. He doesn't remember the multiplication tables, can't divide efficiently. Doesn't know how to proceed with solving a ...
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Dealing with Resisting Students

This summer is the first time I am tutoring a class of middle-school students (about 20). I have done individual tutorings before, but was not formally trained as a teacher. So, for the first time, ...
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Tutoring Mathematics at University

Recently I have started Tutoring First Year University Mathematics 2, as opposed to Mathematics 1, at a local Hall of Residence at my University. As I am being paid quite a bit, I would love to get ...
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How to keep passion in students?

This is a more general pedagogical question than specifically teaching mathematics. As a student, I have always been frustrated that some things were kept from me and not thought deeply. For example, ...
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Tutoring a recalcitrant/awkward/exasperating student---special needs?

As part of my duties at a GTA, I spend several hours per week in our department's drop-in tutoring center. The center is open to all students enrolled in 100- and 200-level math courses, with the ...
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Tips for Teaching Math in a Language Foreign to the Teacher

I retired after 25 years of teaching and moved to Israel a year ago. My Hebrew is okay, but before moving here, I had no experience talking about math in Hebrew. I have been learning Hebrew math ...
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"Good" and "Bad" student intuitions when teaching and learning mathematics

I'm a college math/science tutor and I'm really interested in STEM education. I'm currently starting work on a project I hope to present in a couple of months at a tutoring conference and I was ...
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Best way to find out what math topics a person struggles with when tutoring

I will soon tutor someone I know in math. Because of the bad results on tests, combined with the feedback from the teacher, he has a very bad sense of achievement. Which in turn, has given him a low ...
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