A fantastic by-product of the online tutorial is the child gaining confidence to ask valuable questions as they learn
I have noticed over the years that when a child first starts being tutored, they are very reserved and often hesitant about either saying they don’t understand, or asking any further questions.
This is understandable and is a challenge for the online tutor.
This generally improves over time, but one excellent way to bring this forward asap is to get a child to ask ME a questions.
For example, I might ask a child to work out a percentage or a fraction division relating to money. After I think they’ve got the hang of it I ask them to ask me a question.
On the iPad they might write something like 1/4 divided by 3/7. I tell them in advance that I might get it wrong (on purpose hopefully) and they have to check my working out and let me know how many marks I deserve.
This is a great way to up the dialog and to make sure they can answer their own question. It is often a bit of fun and very engaging for the child.
Sometimes I like to make an obvious error to make sure they’re fully engaged.
The by-product of this is increased questioning from the child which anecdotally also transfers into the classroom which I see as a huge win for the child.
Bespoke online maths tuition can significantly improve your child’s ability by focusing on the topics he or she needs to focus on the most
At school a maths teacher has to work with a lot of children across a broad range of abilities. This works in general, but if a child is struggling with one particular topic – e.g. fractions and percentages, the teacher may not be able to give the child all the help they need to master the topic.
This is were online maths tuition is so valuable.
The Tutor Dragon can focus on the one topic your child has been struggling with to make sure they master that topic.
The outcome is three-fold;
Firstly, your child will be much more confident in the classroom. It cannot be overstated how important this psychological aspect of learning is.
Secondly, by overcoming one topic, it raises your child’s numeracy in general. Learning how to work out percentages involves a lot of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction as well as relating maths to the real world.
Thirdly, higher scores in the exams. A high or low score in a few questions relating to fractions for example can make the difference between an A and a B, or a B and a C for example.
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During a tutorial a child learns a lot because they’re listening, learning and most importantly DOING…
In a classroom a child will listen, hopefully learn and then during homework recall.
In the classroom it is not possible to each each child to come up to the front and show whether or not they’ve understood how to work out perimeter and area of an irregular shape. Only when the teacher marks their homework will any lack of understanding become apparent.
In an online tutorial however, a child will be called upon continually to show they’ve understood and to recall this by solving a similar but different problem.
The aim of every online tutorial is for the child to be able to understand a topic more deeply and to use recall and experience to solve similar but different problems.
Learning fractions addition and subtraction visually is a great way to secure fractions numeracy
Fractions lend themselves to be taught online very well, enabling both tutor and tutee to colour in boxes, rub them out, add them up and simplify the answers.
Below is a screenshot from a recent tutorial I had with a Y3 child who has just begun to learn about fractions.
It is great to see a child suddenly understand that four eighths is the same as a half.
Often a couple of fractions tutorials BEFORE a child starts to learn fractions at school gives them a HUGE advantage in understanding the basics which will enable them to not only keep up with the class, but often to lead the class and the homework.
If your family is moving to an English speaking country we can help with online maths tutorials which will help with numeracy and English fluency.
The Tutor Dragon has experience tutoring children where English is not their first language.
The maths tutorials are mostly numerical using a shared whiteboard with the tutor and the child talking via WhatsApp (or similar application such as Skype of KakaoTalk).
Before or After Moving to an English Speaking Country
Whether you are about to, or have already moved to an English speaking country, the Tutor Dragon can help your child with mathematical numeracy and English fluency using the vocabulary your child will be using at school and with their homework.
The sessions are all online and you will ideally need an iPad or device with a touch-screen and a stylus.
Please contact the Tutor Dragon for a free introductory session.
Between each tutorial a child should practice what has been taught in the tutorial and try working on a new topic to be covered in the next tutorial.
A tutor should give two types of homework for a child to do between tutorial sessions. The first is a series of questions to make sure the child has secured what has been taught in the last tutorial session. This gives the tutor a good idea if that topic (e.g. percentages) needs any further work.
Secondly, the tutor can cover new work in the tutorial and give an example say on how to convert a percentage to a fraction, then give the child some questions covering that new work.
This gives the chid an opportunity to try out a little bit of learning over some new questions and prepares them for the next tutorial.
Only a few questions are required – I suggest a maximum of 5 to tests the previous subject has been secured, and 5 to test new territory.
Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in an initial free session.
There are many simple games which you can use to help build numeracy with your children. Here are a few ideas:
Racing Add Dice
It’s a race to fifty.
Each person rolls two dice then adds up the numbers. That’s their score. Write it down or keep track in your head if you can. The firsts person to fifty wins!
More Racing Add Dice
The same race as above but use three or four dice each for older children and the target is 101 or above.
A twist to Racing Add Dice is that you have to hit the exact target rather than just pass it.
Power Race Dice
Similar to above, except you multiple the numbers that come up on the dice. So if you roll a 3 and a 5, you’re at 15. The target should be bigger – e.g. 101 for a short game or 250 or above for a longer game.
Extreme Power Race Dice
As above, but with three or more dice – e.g. if you roll a 2, 3 and 4 that’s 2 x 3 x 4 = 24.
A Twist on the Race Game
Instead of adding your totals up, try taking them away.
For example if you roll a 2 and a 5 and are adding, that gives you 7, which you then take away from 101. The winner is the person who goes below zero first.
Equipment for the Dice Race Games
The beauty of these games is that all you need are a few dice and a pad of paper and a pencil.
As your children get more advance you can move to more complex games.
In my experience these games work well in the car, a cafe, on a plane or even at home when the wifi is down!