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It's definitely worth doing some research first when trying to find an algebra tutor near you.
The first thing you should do is ask your friends that use algebra tutors if they have any recommendations. That way you can be sure the algebra tutor has achieved results for other families. Be sure to ask if their kids' grades, confidence, and engagement in algebra improved when working with the tutor.
The next thing you should do is check all the major review sites such as Yelp and Google Reviews to see which algebra tutor has the best reviews. A well-established algebra tutor near you should have a 5-star review profile on these sites.
Finally, see if the algebra tutor offers a trial lesson to see if it's a good fit. The most important thing in finding a great algebra tutor is making sure their personality and experience are a good match for your student.
Whether or not an online algebra tutor will work or not depends on two factors:
- The quality of the algebra tutor.
- The willingness of the student to put the work in.
If both of these conditions occur, an online algebra tutor will definitely work. If both are lacking, it will not work. If one is present without the other, the results will be mixed.
Therefore it is important that you do a lot of research before hiring an online algebra tutor. Ask yourself, am I willing to work really hard outside of the online algebra tutoring session? Algebra tutoring does not get you out of any work, it makes the work you put in more efficient and gives you a deeper understanding of the material.
If you want to tutor college algebra, you must first make sure you are an expert in mathematics. You should have a degree in mathematics, engineering, or physics ideally. You might think because you are good at algebra, you will be good at teaching college algebra. However, your level of mathematical knowledge must be far advanced than that of your college algebra student. You will encounter a wide range of algebra problems and you must know how to do them all by heart.
Tutoring college algebra requires a lot of patience as well. You need to remember what it was like to not know the subject. The most common issues holding back college algebra students are pre-algebra topics such as fractions, negative numbers, and order of operations. Anyone taking algebra in college is most likely not a math, science, or engineering major. Therefore, math will not be their strongest subject. They will most likely see the college algebra class as an obstacle they must overcome to get to their preferred topics of study. An outstanding college algebra tutor will understand this, and try to make algebra a less intimidating subject for the student.
Tutoring someone in pre algebra requires a robust knowledge of mathematics. You might think just because it's elementary math, that you don't need to know that much mathematics. This is a misconception, there is a lot of skill that goes into tutoring pre algebra. The topics learned in pre algebra are used extensively throughout all future math classes, and therefore a strong foundation in pre algebra is essential to be successful in math.
For example, negative numbers are a very difficult subject to teach. The reason is most pre algebra tutors can do negative number operations without even thinking about it. Therefore, it can be difficult to explain to a student in a way that makes sense. Most pre algebra tutors can't remember what it's like not to know negative numbers.
Fractions cause more problems for high school algebra students than any other subject. This is a pre algebra concept that is first learned around the 5th grade. Once a student gets to high school algebra, they are going to encounter multi-step problems that have fractions in them. If the student is not confident with fractions, the problem will be overwhelming. Thus, it is very important that the pre algebra tutor does an excellent job of teaching their students fractions. They must understand how these pre algebra skills will come back to the student later in their math career.