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It may be that his style of learning differs from yours. I have an MA in math, and when my son was in high school helped tutor him in math and physics. I always like the "aha moment" in proofs, where the purpose of previous obscure statements becomes plain. My son hates that - when I delivered the punch line he would get upset and say "where ...


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I enjoy teaching math, I get paid for dealing with the b.s.. If it turns out that there is more b.s. to deal with that I initially expected, my price goes up. I don't explicitly tell the client that that's the reason why the price is now higher, but I set my price to the b.s. level. So either the client pays me enough to put up with it all, or decides that ...


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You could consider using a less "pure maths" textbook in your tutoring. Instead you could use a maths-heavy textbook more related to their field of study and making them work through the proofs in detail. For example, if your student has a chemistry background you could use a book on thermodynamics and work through the proofs of thermodynamics and ...


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Organic chemists are well known for "only needing to count to 4". Sure, they have some math in their studies, but it's really not used for natural products synthetic chemists. I disagree with the commenter who said to confront the fellow, demanding proof of his professorship. If you really care, look it up yourself. But it's inappropriate to ...


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I think the real issue here is that you thought you were essentially doing undergraduate tutoring, and you weren't. You were doing adult education, and that is not the same thing. When someone is in their 40's and has not worked - daily - with math since college...they no longer know any math. They have probably even lost much of their high school math, as ...


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It sounds like your students are not getting what they wanted from your tutelage; since they are not getting a formal credential from their work with you, their likeliest motivation is that they think additional math knowledge will aid them in their research projects or careers. As you said, the case-study student's objective is to learn the equivalent of a ...


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