Dear Parents, Deciding to hire a tutor for your son or daughter is a complicated process. As a tutor with experience in the market over the past four years, perhaps I can help you along the way. You want to hire someone good but the payments can be huge. How can you tell if the tutor will be effective? What should the final product look like? I believe that effective tutoring is not complicated.
You don't necessarily have to have long periods of lecturing or testing. Rather, the most efficient way to bring a student's grades up is to solve problems. With the recent rise of start-up tutoring centers, one can easily be led into something that is ultimately not improving on the student's skills.
Lecturing vs. Problem Solving: I constantly see discouraged students not being able to advance given the one-way lecturing in a class, whether it be their school classrooms or commercial tutorials with more than one student per class. What I've learned is that they need to be guided through specific problems. Through one-on-one sessions with a private tutor, they can be continually guided through actual problems as they might appear on the tests.
One effective procedure I use is to create an identical and analogous problem as a follow-up activity, to see if the student can do it effectively.
Solving problems under my supervision will allow their natural abilities to follow through, with regards to the various "scripts" that each problem is characterized of. This aggressive dismantling of problems, or focused walk-throughs, will show your child that within each question lies all that is needed to come to a solution. And this will happen for sure if you hire me since I was never shown a problem that I couldn't solve.
Before you even begin tutoring there are many steps you can take to achieve results. Sincerely, Faisal