Tutoring is not a magical pill that a student takes that cures all their math ills without any effort on their part. (Could you imagine how great that would be!) Rather, tutoring is a lever that one applies to amplify one's own efforts. The famous mathematician Archimedes is often quoted as saying, 'give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the whole world.' You can think of the tutor as the fulcrum and the amount of effort the student puts in both during their tutoring sessions as well as on their own as corresponding to the length of the lever. No effort no results, lots of effort spectacular results. Again, because what tutoring does is amplify ones efforts. Some of the students I work with are actually very good at math yet they and/or their parents like to have someone with which they can work to keep their skills strong and to keep improving. People that know how to do yoga or lift weights certainly could do their workout at home yet many of them still choose to go to a studio or gym. Why? These people find that at a studio or gym there are trainers there that make sure they use good form, that they push themselves a little further than they normally would and to help them adjust if they are making mistakes. It is the same with some of the excellent math students I work with. They want to know how they can be faster and more efficient. They want to know alternative ways of problem solving and how to go beyond their present level of understanding. I give these students a little tune up and a little push to stretch their math minds a little further. In short: a math workout! 
Mario DiBartolomeoHelping students succeed in math for over 10 years. Individualized attention makes the difference! CategoriesArchives
December 2017
