My father was a professor of math and my mother was an adjunct professor of math, so teaching and math are in my blood. I have a degree in economics from MIT and I tutor grades K-12.
With the majority of my students, I found that they simply lacked confidence in their math abilities. Perhaps this was due to teachers, home life, or other reasons. Whatever the reason, they had lost interest in math. Little by little, focusing on items that they had trouble with their past experiences, I was able to make students more comfortable with their math abilities, bringing them to the level they needed to be. To me, the most gratifying experience was making them excited to do the math.
I remember one particular student. He was an 8th-grade student and his parents were at their wits end with his math grades. They were concerned that he was failing math. In our first meeting, the student was not talkative at all. His parents were committed, and so was I. We started 1-on-1 sessions the following week. Within 2-3 weeks, he became more expressive and began to smile as he was able to get more and more questions correct. He began seeing a significant improvement in his homework grades. Soon after that, there was a noticeable increase i n his test grades. At the end of his course, he and his parents came and thanked me. It was incredible to see the positive change in his demeanor. He was not afraid of math anymore. I have been lucky to have had similar student experiences. I am proud to say that several of my students that needed the most help went on to obtain graduate degrees in math-heavy fields such as science or engineering.
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