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If he won't practice on his own, then I suggest the following. At the beginning of each tutoring session, give him a blank 10 by 10 times table and have him fill it in. He can then refer to it while he is working. If he needs to know the factors of 63, then he can find them. I have done this with students who had difficulty learning the times tables. ...


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Why is it a priority to give him the ability to do these simplifications? I can do them and naturally go that direction. But, like you, am to the right side of the bell curve on math topics. Seems to me that the priority should be to get him to do the algorithms first (add like quantities to each side, isolate Xs on left and numbers on the right, etc.). ...


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I am guessing that you were hired by his parents to tutor him. If that's the case, he isn't necessarily on board. That's a tough situation to be in. You made a few errors in your post "Back in my day, we learned our "times tables", and hence recognising by sight every 2-digit number's prime factors is instant" That's not true. There are ...


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