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Here's my advice. I have no teaching experience. Remedy that first before you lay out plans for a 6-month course of study. Find some way where you can teach just for a single day in some way at the high school that you're targeting. After that, find some way where you can teach for a week (i.e., say, 4 interlinked days). I'd suggest that you restart your ...


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I teach at a community college, and under normal circumstances (not covid), we have a walk-in tutoring room where students can get help from any of the faculty who do their office hours there rather than in their own offices. Most of the students I see in there are my own, but maybe 30% are students in other professors' classes. I would say that maybe 1 time ...


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Regarding "How do I recruit students:" You should start here -- you have started with this cool thing you want to do, and are wondering how to do it. But you should instead try to find some of these students first. What do they want? Where are they? If you have a core of 1-2 excited parents and 2-3 excited students, then you can start planning. I ...


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It's a bad idea. (1) It's not that special. He can get a game from chess very easily from anyone. An individual session with you is not high value, not best use of time. (2) It will raise hackles. I would suggest instead introducing some recreations that are less familiar instead. Playing Hex for instance is an idea. The value is much higher than chess, ...


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I think, especially in such a blatantly transactional interaction, you should be forthright with them, and allow them to make a decision. I would say "I don't know how to do this. Do you want to try to figure it out together (no promises), or would you like to end the meeting and get a refund?".


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I’d like to give you some ideas, based on my own musings about starting a math club, of what to teach instead of Lang and Axler. You say you want to attract motivated, hardworking students, but that’s not necessarily equivalent to “mathematically mature” students. They will have gaps in their knowledge, and as Daniel Collins said--and I can attest to--you ...


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There are both intellectual and interpersonal issues here. It seems that, in an effort to be professional, you have ignored the interpersonal issues and have tried to focus only on the intellectual ones in the things you say to this student. This has not worked. Don't try to diagnose the student. He could have autism, he could have ADD, he could have some ...


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I'm sorry, but like many commenters I do think your plan is far far too ambitious. Going over that material (I only know about Lang and Axler personally) will not give students any motivation for the extremely abstract concepts, and I think motivation is crucial, especially at the high school level. At best, you will teach them this abstract math and they ...


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The idea as you've outlined just doesn't sound like a math club. I would start by first asking yourself what it is that you want to achieve. Just some possibilities, are you looking to: Encourage more local high school students to pursue math/see the beauty in it? Give kids who are already into math a rigorous outlet? Promote logical thinking in general? Or ...


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One factor that makes this endeavor more difficult has to do with background checks and liability. The school district will have policies and procedures that make it more difficult to allow volunteers to be present in the building. Oversight of non-employees becomes yet another ball for an administrator to juggle. So accept that your work might have to be ...


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Answering your question seems to require filling in a little context, since the notion of tutoring without an ongoing tutor-tutee relationship is pretty general. Clicking through to the PR piece that you linked to, it seems that This is a for-profit company. They're online. They cater to middle-school and high-school students. This was announced before ...


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“ I know it has a lot of relations with the mathematics, with the logic, many applications in computer science, game theory and so on.“ Do you know these specific relationships and are you prepared to introduce/explain these things in the context of the game? If so, that sounds like it should take quite a bit of preparation on your part to teach a complex ...


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My question is: What is the true purpose of instant tutoring? Is it meant to be a Q and A where the tutor just gives the answer? Or should I stick to my teaching philosophy during instant tutoring sessions and focus on improving how I interact with students? Let me pile on the pessimism here. For the company, instant tutoring is about making money, not ...


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This sounds like a super interesting course - but I'm inclined to agree with the other answers here, it's a lot. As Daniel Collins and Thierry pointed out, there are some things about how students think that are hard to anticipate before you've spent some time teaching. I've had some similar difficult experiences myself - the first time I tried to teach a ...


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You can of course keep using iPad. One way to do this is to start a zoom meeting with your students and share your iPad screen. Then you can write in a note taking app such as GoodNotes. The draw back of this method for me is that sometimes I want to show some Mathematica generated 3d models. You can use Wolfram Player on iPad. But then you can not edit the ...


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My answer is anecdotal, certainly not a reference to a study or anything of the sort. Background - I work in a high school, as an in-house tutor. I've also subbed, and co-taught a sophomore algebra class. Our sophomore math is offered at 4 different levels, presumably so an honors student on track for AP calculus (AP = Advanced placement, the student is able ...


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Why not just share screen on your ipad via Zoom? That's how my professors do it these days. If they go into whiteboard mode, we can all write on the screens simultaneously as well and there is no lag whatsoever. I don't know the graphing capabilities of Notability but I imagine there are satisfactory apps for that. It seems like what you really are looking ...


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I use a 16" Wacom Cintiq Pro. The advantage that the Cintiq line has over the Intuos line is that the Cintiqs act as secondary displays. There are a number of reasons why I consider this to be a huge selling point. I can see what I am writing. That is, as I write, I see writing appear "on the page" under the pen. This is in contrast to ...


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Stick to your philosophy IMO. In fact, I would double down on it. I've always viewed Homework Help as the lowest form of tutoring because from my experience, the student is usually focused on getting it done rather than learning. I still try to make these situations work because I feel guilty if I tell the student that I can't help them, and I don't want ...


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I have served as a math tutor through my employer, a software firm that sponsors a local college prep Jesuit school serving "students of limited economic resources." The tutoring was an organized affair arranged through the head of schools, enabled by our pre-existing sponsorship relationship. I think how it happened was that one of our employees ...


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I agree with many others here that your plan in its current form is overly ambitious. I will not repeat the excellent advice given so far, but I will add that one way to attract interest and bring things down to earth would be to use or even focus on concrete applications of abstract algebra. Students may enjoy learning about secret sharing, secret codes and ...


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I noticed that you said that he needs reassurance and many of the comments suggest that he needs drill. I would therefore encourage you to use Khan Academy. You can set up an account with you as his teacher. This will give you an opportunity to assign practice in skills in a specific time frame and see his progress. More importantly, he will have ...


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I got a Wacom intuos small a couple of weeks ago after using an iPad for many months. It is only a tiny fraction of the cost of the iPad but is so much better for what I do. I can easily annotate/write on online whiteboards, zoom whiteboard etc. It makes the job so much easier.I would strongly recommend it.


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A graphic tablet would be a suitable input device for annotating a shared screen to teach online . I know a very busy online math tutor who uses BitPaper and a XP-PEN Star G640 digital writing tablet every day.


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