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If you are a private tutor, hired by an undergrad or adult student, or hired by the parents of a student in 6-12 (middle school/high-school), then I'd suggest that when you meet with a "client" as a potential tutor, that you develop a contract with the student and/or parents to make clear your expectations: what is the minimum level of participation/effort ...


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This is not an answer, but an assertion that what you are experiencing is not something new. Here are some quotes from a 1993 article of a Russian (actually, native Estonian) math prof, who moved to the U.S. in the early 1990s, so the problem is at least thirty years old. Some say that the commoditization of universities started from the Reagan times. This ...


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Well, there is a recent and excellent book about this question: Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students by Anton O. Tolman, Janine Kremling and Anton O. Toman. The authors say resistance in learning may be a joint consequence of several factors, including resistance from teachers and schools. Here is a ...


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This is how most students perceive math tests. Whether it's fair or not, this is the perception and it is the normal response to a broken math education system. Imagine you are a teenager and your driving test for your full license is in a week. The Department of Motor Vehicles is massively understaffed, so if you fail, you can't book another test for a ...


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There are many reasons, but the classic explanation is that professors (especially at research universities) are picked (and compensated) for research ability versus teaching efficiency. (In general...caveat hawks.) Probably a secondary reason is that mathematics tends to be a field with a high emphasis on logic and precision. However EDUCATION is more ...


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A lot depends on what you plan to use the bachelor's for. If you plan to go to grad school, than go crazy and take a bunch of hard upper div classes. I really caution AGAINST grad school in pure math though (for you, based on your evident aptitude level). Even for stars, this can be quite a daunting pyramid--how many of the people here are tenured profs ...


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There isn't enough information to answer the question, but I'll speculate, based on what often happens in the world of math education. People who enjoy & teach math are often shell-shocked at how many people consider math to be a meaningless, tear-filled, horrible subject in which effort is pointless. My guess is that most students have given up on ...


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My advice is to accept 3/4 of a loaf. Tailor your instruction to cover exactly this: "solution to problems that are known to be on their school's exams, and prefer step-by-step instructions free from any context/theory/mathematical properties." This is really still useful content to cover and better than nothing. Also, I wouldn't kill yourself in terms ...


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