calculator

Over-reliance on calculators is an issue

I’ve often found that students that do poorly in math are over reliant on calculators. The inability or unwillingness to perform mental arithmetic and instead rely on a calculator is holding many students back from doing better in math. A major problem with the way math is taught to students in Ontario is that students…

problem solving

Guiding through a problem-based approach

When tutoring students, I often use a problem-based approach. I select a variety of problems relevant to the subject matter that range in difficulty from being fairly simple to being very complex. I start by seeing if the student is able to solve the simpler problems before I proceed to the more complex problems/questions. I…

What makes a great tutor?

The qualities of a great tutor are similar to those of a great classroom teacher. Just like a great teacher, a great tutor is caring and tries to identify with the needs of her students. A great tutor not only cares about the academic success of her students but also about their overall well-being. This…