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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
-- Mark Twain

          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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