Math Survival Guide: How to be a Successful Student 19
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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
| Then, there’s the more expensive route of hiring a private tutor. When|
hiring a tutor, remember that he/she is working for YOU. If the tutor doesn’t
explain things so that you “get them,” find another tutor. I did tutoring for
several years while I was working my way through school. When the
chemistry between the tutor and the student is right, it’s an extremely effective
and efficient tool for math success. When hiring a tutor, be sure to ask about
the tutor’s education and experience. If the tutor is still a student, ask what
he/she is majoring in and what his/her career goals are. It’s best to find
someone who is a math major and whose end goal is to teach.
On a side note, I’m not a fan of online math tutoring. As someone who’s
tutored and taught thousands of students, I can tell you that it’s extremely
important for your tutor to be sitting right next to you. It’s difficult to explain
and may sound a bit hokey, but a good tutor or teacher can, literally, feel it
when a student doesn’t understand something. I just don’t think this can
happen during online tutoring.
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