Saturday, June 5, 2010

Math Tests

I've come across something lately with several students that I'm trying to figure out how to address.


What do I do when I feel like the student understands the material, and then gets a mediocre test score.

It discourages me, and them.

Obviously, I need to figure out another way to approach helping them. I'm not sure what it is.

One thing that bothers me is when students think that tutoring is only about homework help.

I'm not there to make sure students do their homework, I'm there to make sure they know how to do it. It's not the same thing.

I can still work with a student even if they don't have homework. I can help them with study skills, note-taking, shore up their basic knowledge, do reviews of key concepts, lots of things besides helping finish homework. But if the student doesn't have homework on the day we're scheduled to meet, they cancel the appointment.

I'm not communicating well enough with the students and parents to let them know this. If anyone has any ideas on how I can do that, please let me know.

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