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Math Tutor Teaching Tips

Math tutoring should be an interactive experience between the supervisor and the student. All too often, a math tutor will make the problem after problem, talking about the steps and see the students nod with boredom, while pretending to understand the concept. It is important for tutors to recognize that the tutoring one student in mathematics is like to teach mathematics to a class. Students need to be active and involved in the process. Below are some tips for developing a more effective math tutoring session.

Words on the Steps
Encourage students to be continually thinking out loud, as he is to solve a problem. This strategy serves two purposes. First, it allows the students to remember his steps, because not only does he do them, he verbalizing each part of the solution. This will help his memory, when solving problems independently. Secondly, it allows you to get into the student's mind. If a student is verbalizing steps and then wobbles or stumble, you'll know that he has hit a roadblock and need coaching. If he just solve the problem quietly, you will have no idea when he is confused or struggling. To have him all the time put into words will give you a chance to help him, when a problem occurs, not when he is completely overwhelmed with the problem. Also ask the students to put into words something new concept, you teach. When he can tell you the idea in his own words, he is beginning to understand it.

Get Moving and Get Creative
p just because the session is one-to-one does not mean you need to be seated. Use methods that encourage your student to move and to develop skills in fun ways. For example, if she is to learn how to put together and subtract integers, have her go up and down a row line. If she is learning multiplication facts, place the numbers all around the room and get her to jump to solutions as you call out math facts. Also encourage your students to have fun with numbers. Draw pictures to help remember Division properties rules or cartoons that will help with definitions.

Use Manipulatives
Children learn maths well when they can physically see an abstract concept. Manipulatives help to serve this purpose. Melissa Stewart, a writer for iamaccepted.com suggest uses for manipulatives on all levels. She suggests that a teacher use base 10 blocks, counting rods or even the students themselves as a practical tool. Stewart gives an example of a teacher who uses the ear in order to illustrate the concept of percentages. The teacher has the students actually push the penny somewhere to the left to illustrate the 10 percent. When she "physically moves" the comma, the students will view the concept clearly. Another teacher use fruit to teach fractions. Manipulatives can be useful for any level, with any student, and will help develop practical understanding of abstract concepts.

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