Middle school and high school math classes can be challenging for many Baltimore students, even those who found elementary math easy. An expert math tutor can help students master new concepts and ensure they're ready for college. Here are some of the top math subjects Learner tutors teach.
If you're going to invest time and money into your child's education by hiring a math tutor, it's vital to ensure you get the best possible results. With Learner, your child gets one-on-one lessons from a highly educated and experienced tutor who is at the top of their field.
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“Chelsea from Learner was the perfect match for me. She customized the training so that it would push me hard - but not too hard where I would get frustrated. I worked with Chelsea for years because she took a genuine interest in me and my future.”
"Stephanie taught me how to be more organized. I was getting Bs and Cs before I started working with her. I used to get overwhelmed before studying for a test. Stephanie taught me how to create “study guides” so I’d have all the big ideas in one place. I am now getting As and Bs and my parents are much happier."
"When I first started working with Alan, I told him I would never be good at math. I barely passed my first two years of high school math and I needed one more hard math class to graduate. Alan believed in me and worked with me on the basics. Little by little, he built up my confidence to the point where I realized I am good at math and I did well in the class."
Students who fall behind in math often feel frustrated and ashamed, especially if they are singled out or bullied by other students. With Learner, your child gets encouragement from their tutor, so they can feel free to ask questions. This positive, patient approach helps students regain their confidence.
Many Baltimore classrooms are crowded and loud, which makes learning challenging for students who need to ask questions or get clarification on a concept or formula. With Learner, your child will meet with their tutor in our quiet virtual classroom, which is optimized for online learning.
Having strong math skills isn't just important for your child's GPA. Algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are crucial for college entrance exams and university courses. Our tutors teach students to master key math concepts and hone strong problem-solving skills. This holistic approach prepares students for college and beyond.
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The Maryland Department of Education maintains "College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics." According to the state's DOE, the proficiency standards should increase with every additional year of math instruction.
By third grade, students should be able to understand and solve multiplication and division problems and arithmetic problems that involve four operations. Sixth-grade students should understand ratios, multiplication and division of fractions, and the basics of algebraic expressions.
High school students in Maryland must take algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and at least one other math class to graduate. In Algebra 1, students should learn about rational and irrational numbers, units, and algebraic expressions. Algebra 2 covers exponents, complex numbers, and algebraic reasoning. Geometry students learn about planar transformations of various shapes and practice proving geometric theorems.
In Baltimore County high schools, some of the additional math classes offered are trigonometry, statistics, and pre-calculus. Some Baltimore City high schools offer Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate classes.
Statistics show that many Baltimore students score poorly on standardized tests. According to The Baltimore Sun, only 7 percent of elementary school students in Baltimore City and 18 percent in Baltimore County were proficient in math in the fall of 2021. Numbers for middle students are similar: 8 percent of Baltimore City students and 17 percent of Baltimore County students scored high enough to be considered proficient.
Students in Baltimore City Schools take the iReady assessment, which is designed to assess at which grade level a student is performing. In 2021, results showed that only 17 percent of high school students were proficient in algebra and geometry, two classes required for graduation. Additionally, the assessment shows that 79 percent of high school students who took the exam were performing at elementary school levels in math.
College Board provides state-level statistics on the results of its college entrance exam, the SAT. In 2021, data shows that only 47 percent of high school students in that year's graduating class had taken the SAT at some point in high school. Of those test-takers, 51 percent met the college-readiness benchmark in the math section.
When you're looking for an online tutor, one option is to search the internet and spend time reading and comparing profiles and rates of as many tutors as you can find. However, this can be time-consuming and tedious.
With Learner, all you have to do is tell our Academic Advisor about your child's background, tutoring needs, and academic goals. Then, we'll use our tried-and-true matching system to pair your child with the perfect tutor: a math expert with a compatible teaching style and personality.
Before hiring an online math tutor for your child, ensure you have all the facts. Get answers to the top questions about math tutoring in Baltimore.