If you have never been tutored or have not found success with tutoring you may be wondering what goes on in a tutoring session-right?
First, let me start by telling you that a tutoring session can potentially be anything you would like it to be. The better a student is prepared with questions, topics they would like to discuss, etc. the more the session can be optimized to what a student would like to see happen.
Not every student is as self directed as above and some students are overwhelmed, lost, or at a loss as where to begin so I have a time tested approach that I generally follow and one which I find works for most students.
I start off by asking if there are any questions or concepts they don't understand. If so, we go over those items first. Then we spend some time going over current concepts followed by reviewing past topics and previewing upcoming sections. Lastly, we simulate the test taking experience to uncover hidden areas of difficulty and to iron out areas of confusion before exam day.
I've mentioned what can be covered in a tutoring session but I should also mention what should be avoided.
You don't want to turn your tutoring sessions into homework completion sessions. It's ok if you need some help with some problems on your homework but you don't want to spend your valuable time with a tutor just doing homework. Attempt to complete your homework before you meet so you can spend time on the few problems you might not understand.
Don't use your tutoring sessions as a replacement for classroom learning. Combine the two together so that they build on one another and you further refine and solidify your understanding.
Lastly don't be satisfied with 'good enough' and go into 'coasting' mode. Challenge yourself to go further and achieve higher than you even thought possible. Synergistically combine your effort, your classroom learning and your tutoring for optimum results!
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Mario DiBartolomeo shares his enthusiasm for learning through the math tutoring (PreAlgebra through PreCalculus) he offers and through his blog at www.mariosmathtutoring.com
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What do you want from tutoring?
As this school year begins take a few moments to ask yourself what you want from your tutoring. If you know what you want this will help you focus your efforts toward your desired goal(s). Now, I must say that parents have hopes and dreams for their children but if the students themselves don't share those same ambitions there will be a disconnect and mixed results.
Let's look at some of the outcomes students may want to achieve from their tutoring:
1) Higher grades (this seems always to be #1 doesn't it?)
2) More confidence (less able to be quantified but also important)
3) Less Stress (Tutoring can help you get a grip on where you are at, help you review, and even get a head start so you are better prepared and ready for what comes your way)
4) Less time spent studying to achieve the same or better result(Tutoring can accelerate your ability to understand and apply concepts but still requires your own independent study)
5) Deeper Understanding(going beyond just good enough, and "passing" the test)
6) Study Skills and Organizational Skills(Learning how to learn will help students as they go on into college and are expected to be more self-directed in their studying)
...and I'm sure you can come up with even more beyond these but this is a start...
I have some additional things that I would like for students to get from tutoring as well...
1) Learn how to take an active(not passive) role in your learning. Know what you want to get out of your sessions and ask questions. Be involved and aim to get the most out of your sessions.
2) Have Fun. Really get immersed in the learning process and be interested in what you are studying. Even if it doesn't seem on the surface that interesting if you look at it more deeply and dive into it you will find something that is fascinating about what you are studying and will make learning easier and more satisfying too.
3) Don't be afraid of what you don't know. Students often tell me, "Oh this is so easy!" And I agree...What you don't know is difficult but once you really understand it it's super easy. So dig wholeheartedly into the tough stuff so that it can be "so easy."
I'm looking forward to helping you make this a great year. As I always say: Don't hesitate to call me, text me or e-mail me anytime and I'll get back to you ASAP.
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