Welcome to the Math Salamanders Math Tutoring help.
Here you will find some advice and hints to get the most out of online tutoring for Math.
This help page includes advice and support in finding the right online math tutor, and how you can get the most for your money and time.
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Online Math Tutors
Here you will find our top seven tips for finding the right online Math tutor for you!
1) Pay or Free?
The web is a huge place. There are a huge number of good quality math websites offering free math help online. There is also a huge selection of math help videos on Youtube for almost any Math topic you can imagine.
If you are on a tight budget, and you are willing to spend some time looking for the right thing - I would recommend that you use Youtube and other math videos and math help websites to find what you are looking for.
There is also a free online math help page on this website for you to use.
However, if you have a buget for Math tutoring and you are wanting a qualified math teacher to support your child with their Math learning then paying for a high quality tutor that meets your needs is going to be the best for you.
2) Company or Individual?
There are many online math tutoring companies which offer 24/7 access to students whenever and wherever the student requires it.
This can be really useful for students who have busy schedules and only have a limited amount of free time. However, the downside of this is that you may rarely get the same tutor - the chances are that you will be using several different math tutors which can be a negative factor in building a supportive and trusting relationship between tutor and student.
Aside from this issue, a student will make much better progress with a tutor who knows their strengths and weaknesses at Math, and can make the tutoring a more personal experience for them.
If you find an individual who provides math tutoring, then it is much easier to build a productive relationship between student and tutor, but there will almost always be quite a limited access to the tutor which the student will have to work around.
3) Education, Experience and Communication
When you are looking for an online math tutor, the person who you eventually choose could be anyone from anywhere in the world.
There are many large online math tutoring companies based in the US, UK, India and many other countries.
Whether you decide on a company or an individual math tutor, it is important that they meet certain professional standards in Math, teaching experience and knowledge of the curriculum your child is learning.
Depending on the level of Math tutoring you need, it may be important for the tutor to have a degree in Math, or Math-related subject. This is not important for Elementary math, but becomes much more important for older students working at higher levels. For Elementary math tutoring, a high school diploma, or GCSE, might be an appropriate level of expertise.
Alongside Math knowledge comes teaching knowledge. Is your tutor a qualified teacher? How long have they been teaching? How much tutoring have they done before? What sort of age student do they cater for? How successful have they been with their tutoring?
The final part in this section is communication. Is the tutor able to communicate effectively with you and your child?
If you find your tutor hard to understand, and they are using a lot of terms which you or your child are unfamiliar with, then they may not be the best choice. It is vitally important your child and the tutor to be able to communicate effectively with one another if your child is to make good progress!
The third strand is just as important as the other two strands, which is the Math curriculum. Most people choose an online math tutor so that their child can pass exams, or score well on a test, as well as improve their Mathematical understanding.
Between different states and countries, there is wide range of different Math curriculums that emphasise different skills, and knowing different facts at different stages. Some countries emphasise mental math and knowing a range of math facts, whereas others concentrate on developing standard written methods.
It is vitally important to find a tutor who knows the system that your child is learning, and has experience teaching children in that system. If there is a particular exam or test that you wish your child to pass, then the tutor should be very familiar with it, and know what skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be able to pass that exam. If your tutor is not familiar with the exam, then look for another who is.
Most online math tutoring companies are very good at training their tutors to be familiar with many different math curriculums and math tests. If you have found a company with good credentials, make sure that they are familiar with the math syllabus that your child is using.
5) Number of students
One question which is definitely worth asking is how many other students the prospective tutor teaches. If a tutor is teaching hundreds of students, then the tutor will have very little time to put together individual personalized math resources for every student. It will also be harder for the tutor to have detailed individual knowledge of the students.
6) Testing and exams
If you are buying in an online math tutor to pass a particular exam, make sure that your tutor knows the requirements for the test, and examples of exam questions. It would also be useful if the tutor has already successfully helped other student to pass the exam.
A tutor cannot be expected to work for free. They need to be paid for doing their job, just like anyone else! There are many different math tutors offering different levels of math support for different prices. If you find a good tutor who fulfills all you requirements, and you start seeing jumps in your child's math learning, then they are well worth paying a little extra for! Some tutoring companies may also offer financial support for families on lower incomes.
For a rough guide on current prices some online math tutoring companies are offering, see below.
Looking for Math Tutor Software
On this page you will find some help and advice about buying Math Tutor software.
When considering which software to purchase, there are many considerations to take into account, and this webpage will hopefully help you to choose software that will meet your needs.
There are also several examples of what sort of software is avaible, including both paid and free software.
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