Math tutor...options?
Parents should be particularly careful when chosing a math tutor for a
child. Cost of math tutoring can become a large factor. If you
child needs long term math tutoring, not a bad thing, the cost of a
professional math tutor can become high. Try finding one of your child's
friends that is good in that particular area of math. This can be a
reasonable and cost effective solution to long term math help. This
however, is not a good solution if you need help with math on a particular
problem. If this is the case then I would suggest a "email"
solution. Choose a math help forum, or a quick paid service that should
run from $10$15 per solution. Make sure that you (the parent) control
any online contact. Use your email address and communicate for your child
as necessary. This is for your child's protection. Math help
forum's can provide you with a good source of nonproblem specific help as
well. If you find that your child is having trouble with a particular
area of math such as
Peano's Axioms then having them receive math tutoring by browsing
some of the readily available math forums with help refresh algorithm's and
concepts.
Types of math tutoring your child may need:

Long term math tutoring...usually needed when trying to
make up a grade or for learning disabilities associated with math.

Concept based math tutoring...usually needed in high
school or college to understand a specific concept.

Problem based math tutoring...specific help needed for a
single math problem.
Long term Math Tutoring
Long term math tutoring usually comes into place when a child has not received
adequate mathematical instruction in school or there may be a learning
disability involved. Generally you should seek help for math in these
situations within the framework of your public school, by augmenting your
child's math skills at home, and/or enrolling your child in a private school
that specializes in math tutoring either in a one on one environment or small
compatible groups.
Concept based Math Tutoring
Concept based math tutoring should be anything that takes 1 week to 3 months to
improve. Under these circumstances it is best to seek help at a math
learning center. College students can generally find help in a math
tutoring center. Elementary school math students can usually
get help from their math teacher. I would suggest asking their teacher if
they are holding any special math camps or if they would consider teaching them
after school (1 or 2 nights per week). Middle school math students may
need to seek a professional institution such as a local math tutoring
center such as Sylvan. This can get expensive if done for more than a
month. Consider asking their math teacher to see if there is a student
within their math classes that might be able and willing to help.
Try this option first. It will help your child overcome math fears
and give them someone within school that they can seek for math help. As
always, check out every situation before allowing your child to meet with
someone. High school math students have a few more options. They
can take advantage of professional nonschool math tutoring institutions,
receive classmate math help, or, a new option. Community colleges have
long been teaching math to "nontraditional" students. Your local
community college may provide a very low cost, viable math help solution by
offering math classes that a student in high school can attend. This
offers several advantages the biggest being that it eases a young high school
student into college life and helps prepare them for the rigors of college life
gradually.
Problem based Math Tutoring
Problem based math tutoring help is probably best fitted for the internet.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of online math tutoring options
available. Email can be used to email a single math problem to a person
or group for advice. Expect to pay between $10$15 per problem.
Check out the validity of each math tutor or group before paying. You may
find people who have used different services on some of the math help
forums. We make no recommendations here and do not endorse any specific
group. Math help sites and forums like this one provide places for
parents to get math help and instruction to aid their children in learning math
at home. Students are also encouraged to use these sites (free is
good). Parents who are home schooling their children should seek a
support group or paid math content site since there are many states that have
specific math requirements for graduation. Other online sources include
math software that can be purchased or freely downloaded. This community
is not large but is expanding.
With all math tutoring you should check out the source of the materials and the
people teaching you and/or your children before utilizing their math
help. Math tutoring resources will be added to this site as they are
found and checked.
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