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How To Get the Most Out of Your Math Tutoring Budget

Everyone has a different budget for investing in tutoring and here we will talk about how to get the most out of your math tutoring budget. You may be surprised to know that if you plan very carefully, you can increase the return on your investment and achieve higher goals than you might think. Setting goals and planning is critical though.

Given that each tutorial (which is typically less than an hour) could easily cost tens of dollars, perhaps even as much as 80 to 100 USD, using every single minute of the tutorial is important. It is absolutely critical not to waste any time, yet many people do. Before the tutorial, make sure binders are organized, and that everything you need is already laid out and accessible. You don't want to waste time fumbling an looking for stuff.

For similar reasons, do not spend every tutorial just doing homework problems. Atempt the homework problems before the tutorial and only ask for assistance for the ones that you are really stuck on or do not understand. Before the tutorial, prepare a list of everything that you want to ask the tutor about since the last tutorial.

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Each tutorial should have clear-cut goals. As stated above, plan ahead and decide what these should be. If nothing has come up that is problematic since the last tutorial, ask your tutor to go over chanllenging test problems on some of your weakest topics. You (and hopefully your tutor) should know what these are.

If the tutor gets stuck on a problem, politely ask the tutor to move on, otherwiese spending an excessive amount of time on one problem will annihiliate the possibility of achieving the other goals of the tutorial.

Your tutor should be familiar with the common mistakes that are made for a given topic. Always ask the tutor to show you what they are for every topic that you cover (the tutor may not always remember to do this if you don't ask).

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Be sure to ask the tutor to regularly give you simulated (or “mock”) exams. To maximize the return on your investment, you should do the exams outside of tutorial time, under strict, timed exam conditions. The tutor can either go over your answers during a tutorial or you could arrange to pay the tutor to first grade the exam outside of tutorial time and then discuss the problematic parts of the exam during tutorial time.

Simulated exams are especially important for standardized, multiple-choice math exams. Examples of such standardized tests are the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and GED, to name only a few. Simulated exams will help you to practice and develop the skill of discipline that you require to avoid spending too much time on a single question, because on multiple-choice exams you get no credit for “trying really hard.”

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