Boston Math Tutoring
Math in Grade School
It is very important for your child to master
math/arithmetic during grade school. The process of overlearning
the addition and multiplication tables should be done with a complete
understanding of those tables. The student should be able
to figure out each addition and multiplication fact in several different
ways. Very often, in grade school, the understanding of these facts
is not taught properly, allowing the student to fall behind.
Consider the child who has memorized the multiplication
tables without being able to substantiate the memorized facts with
understanding.
That child has missed a big chance to develop his or her mind. The important
things that arithmetic can do for a mind are being lost
on this child.
Now consider the child who, not understanding
the multiplication facts, is then unable to memorize them. That
child feels like a failure, and it will be very hard, in later years,
to eradicate that negative feeling.
Frequently the important subject of fractions
is taught in a confusing way, and sometimes even the wrong way. Students
are taught that a fraction is part of a whole. This is not true. Just
as a sum is the result of adding numbers, a fraction is the result
of dividing one number by another.
Multiplication is taught in a way that encourages
the student to feel that you make things bigger by doing multiplication.
This is not so. It is little wonder that so many children fail
to make sense of math.
Grade school is the first place that children
should be taught to get things straight. If competent tutoring is
needed to make this happen, grade school is a good time to provide
that tutoring.
Math in Middle School
When algebra appears in middle school, it can
be bewildering. Once the child has lost the thread, no
amount of studying will suffice. The child will remain bewildered
until his or her questions are answered oneonone. Good tutoring
is very important here.
Middle school is also a good time to fill in gaps that have accumulated
in the child's knowledge and skills from the earlier grades.
Middle school is a good time to start mastering
the math portion of the SAT. There are wonderful math contests
for middle school students.
Math in high school
It is a sad thing to leave a college bound student
struggling with high school math. The reason parents send their
children to college is to give them an advantage in life. That's
the same reason why parents should provide a good tutor in the high school
years. The math courses that are taught in high school are not at
a level that puts students at an advantage. Rather,
the math that is taught in our high schools is mediocre,
when taught properly and individually. There is no good reason for
collegebound students to struggle with math and do poorly in it.
Once the student has been brought up to speed in high school math,
he or she, with the parents, can decide whether to
go for excellence, transcending the relatively mediocre curriculum of ordinary
high school math
.
The math
SAT is also a feature of high school math life. It is an excellent
idea to make a serious effort in this direction starting in high
school.
Math in college
There are many pitfalls in college math.
It is important to have a competent tutor when the student encounters
these pitfalls. There is not too much sense in going to a top college
if you're not getting top grades.
For the student who is more or less sailing through his or her math
courses, the next step is to go for excellence and transcendence
of the ordinary college curriculum.
Math in graduate school
There are pitfalls that beset graduateschool
math courses. Having the advantage of a professional tutor at
your side is very important in these instances.
