Sometimes even math tutors need some “math” help! Check out what Mr Hu has to say about this.
Learn Math the Fun Way Tips for tutors
Learning mathematics can be boring for children. The reason is not because mathematics is hard to understand. Mathematics can be understood simply. The key is how the teacher teaches the subject. Thus, this is the major concern in a regular classroom setting. Teachers who teaches mathematics in the four corners of the room seldom uses traditional way of teaching the subject. Thus, a lot of students fail the subject and their common resort is for parents to hire a private tutor to assist their child to understand the concept of math effectively.
In this scene, how the child will perform in school, specifically on his math subject lies on the effectiveness of the tutor. Thus, the math tutor must be very resourceful to make every home tuition session as effective as he can. You see, teaching math subjects do not have to be boring at all. As a matter of fact, mathematics is among the subject that can be taught using different materials and teaching styles. It is up for the tutor to be creative and resourceful.
One way to make learning mathematics fun is by using simple things that can be seen around the household as an example for a math equation. For instance, if you are teaching multiplication, you can use the number of people in their household and their pair of shoes. You can ask the child to count how many are they in their house and how many pair of shoes are their. Ask them to multiply the pair of shoes to the total number of person in the household.
You can also use their favorite food. For example, you can use candies to teach them division. Ask them to divide the candies that they have to the total number of people in the house. Dividing a pie or a pizza is another fun way of learning how to divide. Blocks, sticks, board games are just few of the many educational toys that you can use in order to make learning more fun. There are also a lot of educational computer games that you can use as reinforcement in every lesson.
Student finds a hard time learning math not because the subject is hard but because the manner of teaching is not captivating at all. They find math boring. The tendency is they will not listen to their teacher, thus they will not be able to understand what is being taught. Remember that math is a cumulative subject. Meaning, every concept is interrelated with each other. You cannot understand a new concept unless you are able to understand the previous one. Therefore, in order for a student to pass his math subject, he must not miss to understand a single concept. Thus, the teacher must be able to get the attention of the student to get him to listen to every lecture.
This is where the challenge to math tutor lies. As a tutor, you need to make the subject as interesting as possible. All you need to do is to be creative and resourceful in using your learning materials. Of course, textbooks are always a good reference. But, you do not need to limit yourself to textbooks. It must be your own prerogative to explore many resources around you. The internet is another good source of information. So do not just focus on one reference. Explore more. Children are very visual. They learn more through visual and hands on activities.
Zhen Hu own and run a personalized home tuition services for student and parent in Singapore. Home Tuition Singapore aims to provide best services to help students get the tuition service that suit their needs. Feel free to visit http://www.hometuitionsingapore.net/ for more information.
Some excellent suggestions from Mr Hu! And if you’re a parent, then you’re a math tutor! So parents, please take note. 🙂
‘Til next time.