Math has always come easy to me but I know that isn't true for everyone. I have tutored elementary age children through college students. I try to find what works for each student and adjust my guidance to their strengths. Some learn by seeing, some by hearing, some by doing. I cater to my student's needs.
I love when I see a kid finally understand a math concept. Some can get so happy they will jump up and down. Knowing I helped them understand a concept that they will use as a foundation for more complex concepts down the road is amazing.
Stephanie helped my sophomore with his algebra during summer school. She went above and beyond for him. He is now passing math every semester since her help.
I normally have them attempt a couple problems and watch their process to see where they are struggling. I ask them to explain their process while they do it. I then do a few problems with them and explain the process. I adjust as needed and use visual aides as needed.
I was always in advanced math classes throughout school. I went to college for Elementary Ed and Special Ed. This requires not only math classes but how to teach math classes. While I was working on my bachelor's degree I tutored at the Math lab on campus. I worked at several daycares in my life and would work with the kids there. I've held numerous jobs as a bookkeeper which utilizes my skills. I also have children of my own and my youngest struggles in Math so I tutor him.
I am flexible and will work with the family. I want the student to understand and be comfortable with the Math concepts we review.
In high school my teachers and guidance counselor asked me to be a peer tutor. I enjoyed helping others and decided to continue teaching in some form or another.
I have worked with all ages and academic levels. I have tutored foreign exchange students. I have worked with quiet students that didn't really want to ask for help or explain their thought process.
Recent events (covid19) obviously forced students to learn online. My son (5th grade) was working with a small group online and they were all struggling to set up a problem. The teacher had about 8 groups so couldn't be with everyone all the time. I sat by my son and helped the group determine the important information and set up the problem. The teacher came back to my son's group and saw us and was impressed and confident they knew what to do. I became a regular helper during math class online.
First I would say, "Good job recognizing you need help and asking for it." That's a big step for anyone to admit they need help. Now I'd advise they find someone that they will feel comfortable working with closely. Find someone that can make the Math make sense to them. Everyone teaches differently.
Well if a student has questions they should ask themselves if it is a question about the process or concept or is it a question for an answer. For example, if I'm having a bad day and can't focus on what I'm doing I may just need to step away and clear my head and try again. This is probably just me needing an answer to a problem. On the other hand if I can't even follow what the problem is asking me to solve for then I'm struggling with the concept and probably need help. If unclear whether it's a temporary problem or a more permanent problem it's always good to ask for help.