"Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me."

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A good maths tutor can help students who have traditionally struggled with the subject begin to build confidence in their skills. A good maths tutor ensures that students have the knowledge and skills to help them not only succeed in the classroom but also support students to be empowered by mathematics and become productive citizens of society.

Good math teachers show their students why the material they’re learning matters and how it can be useful in actual situations. By inspiring a love of mathematics, good tutors in the subject help create the next generation of mathematicians, engineers, and scientists.

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Reasons to Work With a Maths Tutor

"Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences."

- Howard Gardner

The simple way to put it is maths tutors improve confidence, improve study habits and in turn this helps improve your maths skills.

But there are some really great benefits to working with a maths tutor, let us take a look at some below:

  1. Whether you’re interested in an in-person math tutor or math tutors online, whether the math tuition is for you or your child, with one-to-one tuition you will receive a maths tutor who will be able to quickly identify problem areas, build on your skillset, and even talk about the ways in which you can reinforce these concepts at home.
  2. A maths tutor will teach you at your own pace. When you find a math tutor for yourself or your child, whichever of you is the student will get a more personalised education, your maths tutor will note what level you currently are at and create a personalised teaching program based on the individual.
  3. Maths tutoring can increase your career success. Having maths skills on your CV almost always increases your employability. Maths is common in jobs like accounting, engineering, IT and medicine, and practical work like carpentry, construction and interior design. Employers want job candidates with math skills even if the work they're hiring for is not math-based.
  4. Fewer Distractions... We are all guilty of this, the more things around the less attention we pay. But that's yet another plus of having a personal tutor! Since private tutoring usually happens in a quiet and peaceful setting, there are fewer distractions. Tutors can give students their full attention, and students can fully focus on the maths material provided.

Following a learning program suited to you, it is going to help you overcome some of the areas you struggle with most in maths. Most students see substantial improvement in their classwork, grades and test results after just a few sessions with a private tutor. Or, for others, the support they receive in group tuition, boosts their esteem and confidence enough to keep asking the group for study sessions even after tuition has ended.

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Creating or joining a study group with many like-minded individuals is a brilliant idea to keep studying maths fun. (Source: Unsplash)

Choosing a Good Tutor for Maths

A great tutor will know and use multiple strategies to teach the same concept. This will help a student understand how mathematical problems can be broken down into smaller definable parts with the use of multiple problem-solving strategies.

"I am a teacher. It's how I define myself. A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed."

- Justin Trudeau

When it comes to choosing a tutor, there are a few things you really should keep in mind. This will help you pick the best person to meet your needs:

  1. Budget: How much do lessons cost vs How much you can afford. Just because they come highly recommended by someone doesn't mean you have to go with them, remember, if you have a set budget, don't blow it all on one or two lessons. Shop around and get the best value for money.
  2. Experience and Qualifications: This is where doing a little bit of research comes in handy, checking websites, social media sites and review pages, and when talking to potential tutors ask them about how many years of experience they have as a maths teacher. What level have they experienced teaching students before?
  3. Availability of Tutor: Is there a waiting list to have maths lessons with this tutor? How long will it be before you get to the top of the list? Are you willing to wait that long?
  4. Style of Tuition: There are so many different styles of tuition out there, especially in the area of maths. Have a proper discussion about the areas of maths you are struggling with and find out what their approach to helping you overcome the problem areas.

If you think online or one-to-one tuition might be for you why not check out some of the many available maths tutors on Superprof? Simply type 'maths' in the search bar and get maths lessons from as little as €12 per class, and most of our tutors offer the first session for free!

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"Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers."

- Shakuntala Devi

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There are a few educational YouTube channels that are dedicated to helping people learn maths. (Source: Unsplash)

As I've mentioned already, one of the main things that we need to factor in when we're choosing a maths tutor is our Budget. But what if our budget does not allow for a tutor?

Fear not, so long as you have access to wifi or cellular data, there is still a way to get the math support lessons you need, and for free!

May I introduce you to our dear friend YouTube and in my opinion, it's 3 best Math Tutors:

  1. The Organic Chemistry Tutor - At first glance I know you're thinking, this is not maths! But,  this guy teaches maths and science everything from the basics up. What I like most about this tutor is everything is clear, the videos are clearly labelled, the imagery is easy to follow and he speaks in not too fast.
  2. The Dublin Academy of Education - This school offers tuition across all subjects, but most importantly maths, Junior and Leaving Cert at both the Ordinary and Higher Level. All you have to do is visit their YouTube Channel and select the Playlist appropriate for your year and level.
  3. Numberphile - Ok so this one will help you learn things, but it's mostly for fun! Videos have been uploaded on the Numberphile channel since 2011 and it currently has over 4million subscribers, it provides a constant and regular flow of new and interesting maths facts that just make you love the subject even more.

Any of these channels or our Superprof tutors will help you on your journey into a deeper understanding and mastery of mathematics. With that said, enjoy your experience and good luck.


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Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof