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September 5th, 2017, 04:11 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Mar 2015 From: Los Angeles Posts: 73 Thanks: 7  hybrid tutoring approach
So a common situation is that the parents know their child needs a lot of help, but they aren't willing to pay for more than one session a week. For instance I am working with a kid now who is in a "precalculus" class but has weaknesses in his prealgebra. They are willing to pay for me once per week. I realize it's simply not very realistic to think he's going to be ready for precalculus. I fault the school for passing him along like this. But you do what you can. Their son has looked at websites such as Kahn academy but has a hard time staying focused and motivated enough to use them. So what about this idea? We take a kind of hybrid approach where I spend some time with him looking at the website like Kahn. I can provide him with some extra enthusiasm and understanding and identify areas he needs to work on in a more detailed way than Kahn's own "placement test" can do. (I know it's always easier for me to approach something I'm not enthusiastic about when there is someone helping me.) Then he spends a few hours with Kahn before we meet the following week. What do the experienced tutors here think? Can this work? Is there a better idea? Thanks, Mike 
September 5th, 2017, 04:31 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,660 Thanks: 2635 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
I would suggest that he works little and often at home, in 15min chunks if need be. The material he uses doesn't matter too much, but you should be looking for sources, topics and approaches that he can get enthusiastic about. That might mean something as simple as putting examples in the context of, for example, cars or his favourite band, or it might mean starting a project where he can feel like the one generating the results. But the key is to get him to the point that he wants to practice. To be honest, the motivation side is the bit I struggle with most. 

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