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Maths is always going to be an important subject in both primary and high schools and in careers such as engineering or architecture. Maths is a part of everyday life; simple addition, division and figuring out how much you’ll save when a pair of shoes are 70 per cent off. It’s worth getting a maths tutor to get ahead or catch up on whatever level of maths you’re at. There are several reasons why students should consider getting private maths lessons. Sometimes those who excel in subjects such as English, Philosophy, Art or subjects that involve more abstract thinking, rather than logical, struggle to succeed in maths and may need maths tutoring to catch up. Another reason for getting a maths tutor may be for extra, one-on-one support, as opposed to a teacher with a class of over 20 students. Maybe you are lagging behind in schools or looking to get ahead for the school year or need to study extra hard for your upcoming exams. It’s easy to lose confidence in maths; maths tutoring can get you back on track. Once you understand the formulas, you’ll be on your way.
There is a huge difference between group classes and one-on-one maths tutoring. One-on-one tutoring offers a bunch of benefits. A private maths tutor may be all the help you need to give you the confidence and abilities you need to effectively navigate maths formulas, by focusing in on your individual strengths and weaknesses. Maths tutors can specialise in certain areas and levels, such as Year 9 maths level of algebra, final years of high school or tertiary level. If you know what it is you’re behind in, your maths tutor can cater their classes to exactly what you need to get ahead. Maths tutors can help you with practice exams and shine a light on new ways to solve problems. A maths tutor can help you in areas such as:
Attending private maths lessons with a tutor will help solidify your knowledge within these areas. You can backtrack if you need and go back to the basics with your tutor, or focus on a specific area or equation you’re struggling in. You can bring your textbook and previous examples of your work so your tutor can understand where you’re at.
A tutor is a great way to remove all distractions and focus on the task at hand, rather than study at home where there are unlimited options for entertainment and interruptions.
Superprof has over 150,000 maths tutors all over Australia to suit your individual needs in maths. You can choose a qualified tutor based on their price, availability, level of education and location. Most math tutors rate ranges between $20 - $50 per hour, which gives you heaps of room to choose based on your budget. You can meet up with your tutor somewhere public like the local library or, if they offer, their home or your home. Most tutors are available after school hours, but you may also consider meeting up with your tutor during free periods (if you’re in your final years of high school) or on the weekend.
Getting a private maths tutor might not be enough for you to feel completely confident in your maths abilities. If you’re willing to study extra hard to do well, here are a few tips in studying in between classes and studying sessions with your maths tutor:
Practise, practise more and practise again. The only way to get a hold of maths formulas and equation is by doing them over and over until you’ve got it completely down. Maths is rational and logical. There is only one correct answer to a maths equation; some people love this, and some hate this. Having one correct answer means nothing can be subjective, interpreted or lost in translation.
Review your errors
Always review your work, especially your errors. Looking back to see where you went wrong is the best way to ensure that you don’t make the same mistake again.
Know your strength and weaknesses
Don’t avoid your weaknesses. If you know what you are struggling with in maths, it’s best to focus on this rather than ignore it altogether. Similarly, knowing what you’re good at will serve you well - if you can apply similar thought patterns to your weaknesses, you might find you’ll improve.
Create a distraction-free environment
In between study sessions with your tutor, it is wise to create a space where you can concentrate without distractions or interruptions. Make sure you have a tidy, quiet spot free from clutter and distractions like your computer or TV. Music is a great tool to relax and focus, without becoming a distraction. There are plenty of playlists that are made for the purposes of studying. A popular choice is ‘lofi hip hop beats - music to study/relax to’, which you can find on YouTube. Make sure to keep your laptop or computer away from you while using it to play music.
Apply maths to real-life situations
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Think about when you’re reading test questions that use every-day life situations. If you practise applying maths equations to every-day life, you’ll be able to naturally understand these questions with more ease, and vice-versa.
Using these tips in conjunction with attending one-on-one maths lessons with a tutor is a sure-fire way to get ahead and feel more confident in maths.
Ultimately, maths isn’t as overwhelming as it seems once you understand the formulas. With the help from a maths tutor, you’ll get the help you need to do maths equations with ease and confidence. The most important part is having faith in yourself that you can do it - and you will!
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