Math Tutoring: Online and In-Person
Why Should You Hire a Math Tutor?
Math is one of the subjects that students tend to struggle with most, but also one of the most significant. Math is used in so many areas of our lives and a solid base will really set a student up for success. As well, math is a required course in high school until grade 11 in most provinces. If you’re seeking a math tutor, you’re not alone! Our expert math tutors will not only help you or your child succeed in the classrooms and universities, but will also increase their overall confidence and enjoyment with math!
It is important to remember that every student has different learning needs. Factors like age, grade, and the presence of any learning disabilities impact the type of tutoring that will work for each student. However, even students who do well in math in school can benefit from the extra encouragement tutoring provides.
At Reingold, we are able to create a one-on-one atmosphere to pinpoint a student’s weaknesses and personalize math curriculum in order to develop better skills, self-esteem in the subject, grades and increase overall success in the classroom.
We offer both online and at-home tutoring in order to help students improve their math skills. Reingold offers tutoring for all grade levels from elementary to university, every day of the week.
Online Math Tutoring during Covid-19
While in the past most of our services have been performed in-person, our tutors are all well-equipped and trained for tutoring online, usually with video conference call via services like Zoom. Our remote online tutoring sessions are a great way to make sure students are getting the help they need, even during a pandemic and lock-downs.
Grade Levels for Math Tutoring
Reingold Tutoring provides tutoring services for all grade levels. To the right you’ll see a standard guideline of math classes taken during different grade levels. This is not exact and we can help any child at any math level!
Kindergarten: basic arithmetic
Grade 1: Basic arithmetic involving four operators. Estimating and rounding off numbers.
Grade 2: Rounding off numbers, patterns, measurements, shapes.
Grade 3: Fractions, greater or less, basic geometry
Grade 4: Decimals, long division, angles, and conversions
Grade 5: Algebra and Geometrical ideas, measurements of 2D and 3D figures, probability, and statistics.
Grade 6: Algebra, Geometry, expressions, variables, proportionality, and expressions.
Grade 7: Algebra, Geometry, inequalities, computation of volume and surface areas.
Grade 8: Algebra, Geometry, linear functions, and graphing.
Grade 9: Algebra 1
Grade 10: Geometry
Grade 11: Algebra 2
Grade 12: Pre-Calculus, Data Management, Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors
- Calculus 1
- Calculus 2
- Calculus 3
- Linear Algebra
High School Math Tutoring
All of our math tutoring is customized to the needs of the student, but there is a general format followed for most:
- We always ensure students are up to date with current content and while doing that curriculum, we fill gaps in knowledge. The first questions asked in each lesson is: “What did you do since we last met? How did your homework go since we last met? When is your next test? Do you have any assignments due? And what are you learning right now?
- Next we go over all current lessons, fully teach the content in a way that best suits the student. Then we ensure the student is armed with the knowledge to complete all of their assigned homework with confidence.
- Once caught up, we go back and review previous content and take up tests that have been handed back.
- Then we pre-teach upcoming units.
- A large part of our process involves teaching students how to attempt questions when they have no idea where to start. We also do a lot of learning about the study process and time management.
- Depending on the requirement, we assign extra homework and provide enriched content to those who are asking for more.
- Tutors always ensure students are completing their homework. We also ensure that homework is being assigned, and that homework includes the right amount and the correct types of questions.
Depending on where a student starts, results will vary. For students who lack basic concepts, they often see gradual improvement. This comes with quickly increased confidence and a newfound interest in math. For those who have not been putting in the required effort, a shift in their thinking and some good support can often mean a quick jump in their results. For students who struggle due to a learning disability, with the right support, they develop strategies for success over time and their marks can improve greatly as well.
A student in grade 10 requested tutoring because she was getting around 45% on each of her tests. With time we established that she was attending all of her classes but was not retaining the material long term. We developed the strategies required for her to be successful. With support, her marks on her tests increased to 75% by the end of the semester. This came with a lot of hard work by the student, but she was able to use those strategies in grade 11 and then only requested help when struggling with a specific concept.
Last year we had a student who was in grade 12 and he was getting mid 80’s, but wanted higher marks for university entrance. He was already doing all of his homework and understood all of the math. But when he got to the tests he wasn’t performing as well as he thought. We established there were some gaps in his knowledge and with time we filled those gaps, which made him able to answer the questions without small errors, providing him with marks in the 90s moving forward.
Math Tutoring for Elementary and Middle School Students (Grades 4 to 8)
When students request support in these grades the most common reasons are either because they got lost at some point along the way and have gaps in their knowledge, or they aren’t being assigned enough homework. There could also be a difficulty with processing, attention, or an unknown learning disability of some kind.
We modify our processing depending on the needs of the student and depending on the reason for which they require the tutoring.
When we have a student who isn’t remembering what they are learning, we develop a plan to ensure they are getting daily practice. For students in grades 4 to 8 it is really important that they have a solid foundation. Both so they can understand what they are learning in school, but also because what they learn now will be required later in their math education. Most often, more practice will get a student to a better place. It means they engrain the knowledge (such as multiplication tables) so they can then use it when they need it.
It is important for us to check that homework has been completed at all times, but even more important to ensure the homework has been completed correctly. We go over homework as an active process with students and ask them how they have come to the answers on the page, that way we can see what their thought process is. If we can see what they were thinking then we can fix the way they think.
We do our best to make the lessons fun and engaging for students in grades 4-8. Our hope is that they come out of their lessons excited to meet with us the next time. We also hope they leave the lesson excited to do their math homework and to learn the next topics.
The Importance of a Math Tutor
- Enhance Academic Skills and Performance: Math tutors help students better their skills and academic performance by making sure students fully understand curriculum resulting in higher test scores and grades. With improved work and study skills, he or she will be better able to reach his or her highest potential.
- Personalized Sessions: Each child learns differently and along with that comes their strengths and weaknesses in specific parts of a subject. Classrooms aren’t made to serve each student’s way of learning, so it is hard to keep everyone at the same pace.
- Comfort: A struggling student may feel uneasy or embarrassed to ask questions if he or she thinks they’re the only one not understanding. Tutoring allows the student the freedom to ask questions as needed in the comfort of their own home without feeling embarrassed in front of classmates.
- Improve Study Habits: Tutors teach students study habits they can take forward with them so they can continue to improve on their own. This way, the student can learn the importance of work ethic and use this for life-long success.