From my experience and in my opinion it is definitely the dynamic between the tutor and the student. You may have a great tutor but a student that is very resistant to being tutored. Or you may have an eager and interested student but have a rough mannered tutor that is unwilling to meet a student at the level they are at. There are obviously a million different combinations, but again, I believe it comes back to the synergy that can happen between a good fit of tutor and student.

The student has to do their part: engaging actively with the session, asking questions, knowing what they want to go over, taking notes, etc. The tutor has to have a good grasp of the material they are working with, have access to good learning materials, and be able to create a good space for learning.

Am I genius mathematician that can download into a student's brain everything they could possibly want/need to know about math? No. But I have been tutoring students part-time for many years and full time for many years (approx. 25 years in total) and I keep coming back to creating a good space for learning to occur. I respect the students I work with never talking down to them, always being encouraging, celebrating their successes, and working with them to overcome their stumbling blocks in a compassionate way(I've been there...learning math can be challenging).

As a parent you may have to try a tutor or two or three to find a good fit for your son or daughter. So, don't be afraid to try a session or two with a tutor and gauge how your child responds.

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1. The older students seem to do better with online tutoring than the younger ones. Now part of this I feel has to do with maturity and also partly to interest and comfort working with technology. I have had some middle school students really engaged with online learning and some high school students not be so engaged with it. You may just have to try a session or two to see how your student responds to it.

2. The expectation of the class and the classroom teacher. At the end of last year, at the beginning of the pandemic, the bar was set really low by schools and teachers and the pressure for comprehension and emphasis on grades was not a priority. I think that was part of the reason that students didn't feel it was that important and didn't put in the corresponding level of effort. It sounds as if that is not going to be the expectation this school year, so I'm hoping students will now be ready to dive in more seriously to virtual learning as well as online tutoring.

3. The ability of the tutor to bring

If you would like to try an online tutoring session with me to see if it is a good experience for your child let me know.

Mario

Mario's Math Tutoring

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So what can be done? I believe that parents, teachers, tutors, families, counselors and everyone else around the child needs to communicate to the student that he or she needs to take an active role and interest in their own learning. There are so many distractions while trying to learn over the computer and some students don't even attend the online lectures that are being presented.

First things first. Setting up some type of regular schedule for not just attending the online lectures but for how much time is actively spent studying outside of online classes is important. It's easy to let days and weeks and then months slip by without doing very much.

Second, if you are able to, enlist the help of a tutor. A regular weekly meeting with a tutor can go a long way to helping a student stay on top of the material they are learning and even get slightly ahead so they know what is coming up in the next few days in class.

Third, there are many free online resources, like YouTube videos, as well as paid resources such as online video courses that can help fill in the gaps in a students learning and help them get over learning hurdles by an experienced teacher or tutor.

Lastly, I know things are really challenging for many students right now with being more isolated from friends and social activities. So help your child try to find a healthy balance of studying, playing, resting, exercising, and even daydreaming about the future they would like to create for themselves.

Wishing you success in your math and your life,

Mario

Mario's Math Tutoring

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1. Write your goals down. Somehow, when I write something I want to accomplish down on actual paper my brain can't help but start getting to work on it. Sometimes I write things down to work on a month from now and once next month has arrived I've already completed what I wanted to do. So try it if you haven't...trust me...it is way different then just thinking about what you want to do. Something surprising happens when you write it down.

2. Look at your goals periodically.

3. Break big goals down into small steps that are easy to complete.

There are whole books written on goal setting but I recommend starting with these 3 easy steps to get you started.

Wishing good things for you in 2018.

-Mario

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Whether you are taking PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, or Precalculus I'm here to help. I have worked with students in the Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township areas for many years and am familiar with the curriculum, schools, and families. Oftentimes I'm working with students that are in the same class as your son or daughter.

Let me know if you have questions about my tutoring I'm happy to answer them. Generally I cater the session to what your student needs, however most sessions follow a basic format of first asking if there are any questions or things they would like to discuss. We spend some time reviewing recent topics and also previewing upcoming topics so students will be prepared. We also are constantly prepping for upcoming quizzes and tests by simulating a test taking experience.

What I feel sets me apart from some other tutors is that I have lots of experience tutoring these math subjects and am familiar with the textbooks and curriculums. Also, I take a very positive and encouraging approach which makes students feel comfortable working with me and they can get more out of the sessions. Furthermore I tutor math full time so I'm very current with what is going on in the classes from working with many students in the same school and oftentimes even having the same teacher as your child. Lastly, I enjoy helping students succeed and look forward to helping your student!

I look forward to talking to you soon!

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Here is the link to the 4 official SAT practice tests...do your best, time yourself, and learn from your mistakes.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

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Whether you want to get a head start on next year's class, prepare for the math portion of the ACT, review concepts you don't understand or are taking a summer class give me a call. I'm available during the summer for a bunch of sessions or just one or two. I usually go away for a week or two but otherwise can accommodate working with students in between all the summer activities. Want to combine math and technology? Let's try an online Skype math tutoring lesson while you are away. Have a safe and fun summer. - Mario

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