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MATH DIFFICULTIES TUTOR

 

Students, you’re not dumb because you can’t understand Math.

 

            Show cartoon sketch of a female student sitting at a desk with a sheet of paper and a pencil in her hand.  She has a blank look on her face thinking: “Why can’t I understand Math!”

            You may not understand enough to know what your gaps in understanding are.  But even if you did, in a classroom your teacher might not be able to correct them.  I am an online Math anxiety tutor and I coach students who have learning difficulties.

One of my methods is to explain how to solve a problem, then  . . Students click here . . . More 1

 

Parents, are you frustrated?

                                                  

Have you tried many times to help your child learn Math, coaching him/her yourself, talking to the classroom teacher, buying additional study aids.  Does it appear that nothing works?

 

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Math is not necessarily a difficult subject.  Math is . . .  Parents click here. . .  More2

 

Students, do you get poor grades in Math, even though you get average or good grades in other courses?

 

Show student sitting in front of a board with an equation written on it, wearing a dunce cap.

 

Your grades in other subjects usually depends on the amount of time you spend studying.   But that’s not always so for Math.  You can’t cram Math into your head by just putting in more hours. The key to learning  . . .   More  3

 

Do you think you won’t need Math anywhere else in life, so all you have to do is pass the course now and forget about it?

 

            Show a cartoon sketch of student throwing a math book through an open window, saying “I’m glad that’s over.”

 

[1]       I’m an online math difficulties coach/tutor and I specialize in tutoring students who have difficulty learning math and who need a tutor who understands them, one who writes lessons individually for them and  makes learning easy

 

 

          Many students think Math is only useful for day to day numbers, tasks such as adding up a grocery bill or filling out an income tax form.  But Math teaches you something far more important.  Math teaches you how to put your thoughts in order – how to think through a series of steps to figure out  problems – not only those with numbers, but. .  . . . . more 4

 

 

If you’re struggling to learn Math, from my experience working with dozens of students who’ve had problems like you’ve had, I can understand you.  And I’ll help you.  You can try me out.  There’s no obligation.  First class is free.  If this makes sense, click here  (button)  and leave your telephone number and e-mail address.

 

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More 1 (for students). . . . I’ll ask you to write out what you think I said.   I’ll compare what you’ve written to my actual explanation.   Any incorrect ideas you may have will usually show up in your choice of words.  We’ll discuss them, and afterward I’ll write an easy-to-understand lesson plan to get around any of your wrong ideas.

Another reason Math is hard because many classroom teachers have taught Math for years and the subject is simple for them.  But they can’t put themselves in the place of students looking at it for the first time.  To solve problems, teachers demonstrate a step–one, step-two, step-three method out of the textbook, which is correct.  However, since Math is also simple for the textbook writer, his explanation isn’t clear to students either.  The easy way to explain it, to a beginning student, should include substeps  one-a, one-b, one-c, and two-a, two-b, two-c, etc, substeps that the textbook doesn’t show.    See example problem (button)

 

 

If you’d like to briefly talk about this or any other Math learning method, click here (button) and leave your e-mail address and phone number.

 

More2   (for parents)  a different type of subject..  Other high school courses like History, Foreign Languages, Civics, etc. require mostly memorization to answer questions.   Math instead requires a step-by-step procedure to solve problems.  Students can have a mental block because they’ve developed a habit of using memory to recall answers directly.   They may try hard in Math, but they get flustered when they can’t solve a problem in Math as directly.  They can’t understand why it’s so difficult for them and they become “stuck.”

Before starting the first lesson I tell a student about the thinking-in-steps procedure that’s needed in Math, so she/he won’t expect himself to answer problems immediately.  He won’t put pressure on him self and make learning the procedure more difficult..

Some students lack confidence regarding Math.  They’ve heard detrimental and stereotypical notions about how hard Math is from other students – such as “girls can’t learn Math.”  The subject sounds too academic.  Before coming to the first class they doubt they’re going to do well in it, and as a result, they don’t.    When I tutor a student, rather than lecturing to her/him like a teacher in a classroom, I ‘ll have a dialogue with him– I’ll ask him to tell me what she knows so I can uncover his misconceptions.   Most students consider me not only a teacher, but also a counselor and confidant.  I use the student’s words to explain concepts and problems so he can understand.

 

Perhaps you’ve exhausted all other possibilities and thought teaching Math to your son or daughter might be hopeless.  But you feel my thorough method might work.   Why don’t you try me?   There’s no obligation.  First lesson is free.  Click here to leave your telephone number and e-mail address

 

 

More 3   is to study smartly, not always to study more.  If you’re working on a lesson and you become stuck and can’t understand something, don’t spend too much time on it.   If you do, you can become even more confused.  Instead, write down the points that stifle you, and call me.  If I’m not available at that moment, quit the difficult lesson and work on  other problems and review other lessons.  Wait until after we discuss things before you continue with the new lesson.  You may feel pressured by your classroom teacher, other students or even your parents to learn faster.  But you should never burn yourself out, by struggling with a problem you don’t understand.  Take a break and get away from studying Math and come back to it later when you’re relaxed.  Study at your own pace.   Never put pressure on yourself to study Math.

Do you have other basic questions about methods for studying?  Contact me (button) and see if I can clear things up for you.

 

 

More 4  . . . also about any kind of problem in life.   Have you ever decided to do something that looks or sounds good, and later found out you overlooked some not-so-good things that go with it?  (Like most people, you find out that the “grass is greener on the other side,” — when it’s too late!)

Making a decision anywhere can be like solving a math problem.  It’s best to go through all of the steps — write a list of all the good points of doing it, then write another list – of the bad points.  Then compare the lists.

Most people make important decisions too quickly and they overlook this smart way of thinking through them.  But if you study and work hard at Math for a couple semesters, you’ll be going through steps by habit, automatically, instead of making quick, and usually bad, decisions.  Thinking in steps can be one of the most important tools in life. You will not only make better choices, but by making yourself aware of the not-so-good points beforehand, you’ll be much better able to deal with them later.

If you’d like to give me a try, click here. (button)  There’s no charge for the first lesson.

Example problem:    (Pop up after More1 and also at this position on the webpage.)

 

Example problem:

 

“Convert 10 centimeters into inches.”

Once students become familiar with conversion of units problems, which can be done in one simple multiplication or division step, they are easy, but for the first few times they make many mistakes, multiplying when they should be dividing, and vice versa..

The conversion factor is: 2.54 Cm to 1 inch.  To convert Cm to inches, we multiply by 2.54.  To convert Inches to Cm. we divide by 2.54.  However, beginning students, when taking a time pressured exam with many problems, quite often get mixed up and multiply when they should divide, and they divide when they should multiply. To prevent this, instead of using the quick one step, I recommend a detailed method as follows:

 

1. Write out the equal units,   2.54 Cm = 1In.

 

 

2. Divide each by the other to obtain conversion factors2.54 Cm  ;  and   1 In

1 In                    2.54 Cm

 

3.  Pick the conversion factor which has the unit to be converted in its denominator, and multiply by it.

 

To convert 10 Cm. to In., the appropriate ratio is :  1 In.                          .                                                                                                    2.54 Cm.  (Cm. in the denominator.

When we multiply, the Cm unit in the conversion factor will cancel the Cm. in the numerator. (like units are handled the same as like numerical factors):

 

10 Cm x 1 In

2.54 Cm

 

This leaves only units of Inches: 10 x 1 In.
                                                                     2.54

which equals 3.94 In.

 

Some students wonder whether they’ll be changing the value of the amount to be converted by multiplying by a conversion  factor.  However since their individual amounts are equal,  either divided by the other equals one.  The value of any quantity multiplied by one remains the same1 In.    =   1

 

=   2.54 Cm2.54

 

As a further example, let’s convert 10 In to Cm (start with In and change to Cm)

 

The correct conversion factor, (with the In. in the denominator) is:  2.54 Cm

1 In.

10 In. x 2.54 Cm.  = 25.4 Cm.

1In.

This long method takes additional time.  However for beginning students, it results in correct answers.  After the students solve numerous problems correctly, they can just as accurately begin to use the short method

ABOUT ME

 

I’ve helped dozens of students who’ve had many different types of problems learning Math.  I’ve had students who had tried other tutors and made them (the tutors) more flustered than they were themselves.  I’ve had students who had straight A’s in other courses,  who were about to drop Math rather than get a failing grade in it and ruining their GPA   Before I became a math tutor, I worked in another career, as an attorney, in which I had to explain legal matters to juries who had no courtroom knowledge.  This required probing through each of their minds, experience I used to explain Math to stifled students.   My tutoring worked so well, that after the first couple sessions, many of the students asked if they could bring a friend, who also struggled with Math, the next time.   Many of my lawyer acquaintances asked me to teach their kids.  I started tutoring at the time in my life when I’d planned to retire, however instead, I soon had a new occupation.

Students with Math learning difficulties feel bad about themselves.   Their parents scare them about not getting into college.  Other students heckle them.  They have a low opinion of themselves.  Teaching them is more difficult than solving Rubic’s cube.   I can’t explain how I probe inside their minds; it’s like grappling with a ghost.  But it doesn’t discourage me.  When I first meet a new student, I tell him to stop feeling he’s a failure in life.  I tell him/her that even though he may not understand Math now, he’s probably good at many things other people, who criticize him, can’t do well.  Also, it’s not necessary to learn Math quickly.  Some of my other students who got the best final grades had marks near the bottom of the class at the start of the semester.  A person is not praised as much by how quickly it took him to do something, as he is by how well he did it in the end.  Etc.  Students can learn other subjects by just working at them.  But to learn  Math,  the student also has to be in a relaxed frame of mind.

 

The best way I can show my method is to give you a lesson.  Press this button (button) so I can contact you.  There’s no obligation and the first  lesson is free.

 

 

MORE METHODS

 

“Math,” sounds intellectual to students.  It’s something they can’t picture in their minds.  Most people tell them how hard it is.   Only hearing the name of the subject makes them nervous.   In my first lesson, I tell them for the moment, to forget everything they’ve heard about Math..  Because I’m actually not going to teach that. I’m going to teach them Arithmetic.  I have a step-by-small-step, method for each type of problem that makes it as easy as working puzzles with numbers, something any little kid can do.

To review what a student has already learned I ask him/her to write out a problem and explain to me how he’s doing it.  When he makes a mistake, I’ll ask him why he did it that way, and when he correctly completes a step, I’ll ask him why it can’t be done a different way.  Often I’ll ask the same question, in different words at a later time, and I’ll ask him to explain any differences in his answers.   When a student gets stuck on a problem,  I’ll ask him to explain to me what he thinks he knows, and I’ll tell him the difference between that and the correct rules and information.

I don’t lecture much but when I do, I  emphasize basics by alternating my explanations with review questions.  I use examples which are simpler than those in the textbook.  My teaching method is directed as much at the quirks and gaps in the student’s mind as it is at the actual Math..

 

 

If this sounds like a method that you will like, you can try it.  The first lesson is free.  Click here (button) or e-mail me at:.Dsilve7711@yahoo.com. and we can get started..

 

 


[1][1]       I’m an online math difficulties coach/tutor and I specialize in tutoring students who have difficulty learning math and who need a tutor who understands them, one who writes lessons individually for them and  makes learning easy

 

 

 

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