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« on: September 27, 2011, 02:01:36 pm »
I'm due to start my first real job (Hooray!) this Wednesday: I'm going to be tutoring another student in math.

I was wondering if there were any tips/tricks/things to keep in mind while tutoring?
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2011, 02:03:54 pm »
Hmm I am unsure since I never did any similar stuff, but congrats on the job!
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2011, 02:06:51 pm »
I don't know if you have heard of khanacademy or not, but assigning a video to him for homework, and doing quizzes during your lesson might be a good idea. Sal is a great teacher and you may want to do some of the videos yourself. Also, you can keep track of what videos he is watching from your dashboard.

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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 03:04:31 pm »
I'm due to start my first real job (Hooray!) this Wednesday: I'm going to be tutoring another student in math.

I was wondering if there were any tips/tricks/things to keep in mind while tutoring?
Don't ever make the students lose interest. Math-interest = terrible time
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011, 06:07:12 pm »
I'm due to start my first real job (Hooray!) this Wednesday: I'm going to be tutoring another student in math.

I was wondering if there were any tips/tricks/things to keep in mind while tutoring?
Don't ever make the students lose interest. Math-interest = terrible time

Okay, how do I make sure they don't lose interest?  I mean, I'm not entirely sure why I like math so much myself.
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 06:18:52 pm »
Make sure you teach them how things work before the things. 
Trying to kinda say basics before everything else.
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011, 06:25:38 pm »
Try watching a few khanacademy videos and try to get an idea of how he teaches.



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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2011, 06:48:30 pm »
I'm due to start my first real job (Hooray!) this Wednesday: I'm going to be tutoring another student in math.

I was wondering if there were any tips/tricks/things to keep in mind while tutoring?

Try to relate it to interesting stuff. As much fun as the rest of us think solving ax+b=dy/dx abstractly is fun, a lot of people find it more interesting if you make them understand that linear differential equations such as that general form describe more relevant stuff such as the velocity of rockets over time (live demos are encouraged where rockets or other combustibles are concerned :P).

Another thing to do is constantly show pictures. People like pictures, particularly pretty ones.


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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2011, 07:37:35 pm »
Hmm I am unsure since I never did any similar stuff, but congrats on the job!
^ That, and relating it to other stuff is a good idea. Use real-life examples instead of overwhelming them with pure math :)




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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2011, 07:53:58 pm »
Ya, I agree with the others. Also, try to think of alternative ways of explaining things in case one way doesn't work. That could mean by using visual helpers or just different wording. You could find those kind of things through Google if you can't think of any.




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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2011, 10:46:12 pm »
Ya, I agree with the others. Also, try to think of alternative ways of explaining things in case one way doesn't work. That could mean by using visual helpers or just different wording. You could find those kind of things through Google if you can't think of any.
On a related note, make sure you know what you're going to talk about before you get there. Googling things during the tutoring session isn't the best of ideas, since then he might as well have done it himself.




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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 12:49:53 am »
For the lower-level math students who are still having trouble grokking abstract variables, one trick I've heard of is covering up the letter with some symbol - a simple symbol or picture, or anything. That can give them a link back to what the variable is, and understand things a bit less abstractly, which they might be comfortable with. Then just pull away the picture, and hopefully kind of a "woosh" moment will happen to help them get the whole abstraction.

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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2011, 07:14:43 pm »
You should also tell them why it is important to learn the stuff they are learning. When teachers just tell me how to do stuff, and don't tell me how it is supposed to be applied in real life, I don't like that. Not well said, but you get the point. :P
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2011, 07:24:05 pm »
You shouldn't make it boring...math itself is already boring because of all the memorization.
I recommend looking up some corny, but actually funny math puns. Also, never get frustrated.
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Re: Tutoring others
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2011, 07:25:14 pm »
funny puns are good. Like how my math teacher call synthetic division a "happy box". :)
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