5 Essential Qualities to Look for in a Math Tutor

Jun 20, 2018 | Fort Collins

Tutoring is an investment in your children’s future. As a parent you want to make sure you are getting a good value. This guide will help you on your search for the best math tutor in Fort Collins. You may also want to read our FAQ article.

 1.   A strong competence in math

The math tutor must have demonstrated a competence in math far beyond the abilities of the student. The tutor should have enough knowledge of math to go in depth into a concept when necessary. A simple “how –to” explanation or algorithm for solving a tough math problem may leave kids more confused than when they started.

2.    An ability to teach

The tutor needs to tailor the instruction to the pace of the child. If the tutor fails to check for mastery of a concept before progressing, or uses confusing explanations, the student will get more frustrated and confused.

3.    An assessment to find out a child’s strengths and weaknesses

Spending time on previously mastered material is boring. On the other hand, skipping foundational skills leaves critical learning gaps unaddressed. That leads to problems down the road.

 4.   A structured curriculum as a resource

A curriculum outlines the progression of skills, gives examples, practice and follow-up. It also refers the tutor back to previous skills if a learning gap is discovered. Trying to tutor without a curriculum is like trying to build a house without a blueprint. You may end up with a structure resembling a house but lacking key features, like space for the bathroom plumbing.

5.    An enjoyable personality

Nobody learns well from a grump.  Your child may already have mixed feelings about getting extra help in math, especially if they suffer from math anxiety. Make sure the time spent doing extra math is enjoyable.

 

What to Do Next

You may use this guide to help you interview tutors and find the right tutor for your child. Or just bring your child to Mathnasium of Fort Collins.  We only hire the best instructors and then we give them ongoing training. Often a student will form a bond with one particular instructor, which we love to see, but we hope that you love ALL of our instructors!

Give us a call today.

 

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