Before you hire a private math tutor…

Before you spend your hard earned money on a private tutor, first utilize the resources you are already paying for.  To that end, please encourage the student to help themselves.  (That’s what it’s all about, right?)  The lynchpin of my learning philosophy is to “teach a man to fish instead of giving a man a fish.”  Esoteric mathematical skills aside, use this opportunity to push beyond your comfort zone and improve your ability to learn anything.

  1. Print out my chart below
  2. Keep it in your notebook
  3. Try everything at least once.
  4. Hand it in to me

Please attempt every strategy at least once.  Print my chart, put it in your notebook, and check off each one after you do it once.  I think completing the grid within 2 weeks is reasonable.   (Sure, hide it from your friends so they don’t laugh at you.)  The goal here is to “nudge” and evolve your scholarship repertoire when reacting to a complex academic challenge.  Developing these habits will benefit the remainder of your academic career.


Practical Advice For Hiring a Math Tutor

  1. Try to hire an experienced classroom teacher.  The perspective gleaned from correcting 1000′s of student exams over the years can not be understated. From this experience, a classroom teacher instinctively knows what mistakes students typically make, and which topics need extra attention.  Classroom teachers are also very familiar with the content and grading styles of NY State standardized tests.
  2. Pair up with a friend for tutoring sessions. 1 tutor. 2 students. You have cut your tutoring expense by 50% while still maintaining a high level of individual attention. Students also may find the session more enjoyable when doing problems with a friend.

I am a certified, tenured, full time faculty member at Somers High School.  I find time for occasional tutoring in Westchester, NY.   I enjoy doing Math problems with motivated students, and it’s a way to keep abreast of what other schools in the area expect from their students.

I only tutor what I have taught in the classroom:

  • Algebra (9th)
  • Geometry (10th)
  • Algebra 2 / Trigonometry (11th)
  • Precalculus (12th)
  • SAT / ACT / SAT 2 (Math: IC & IIC)

You can contact me for more information