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February 1, 2019
Tutoring services are of critical importance because lecture based styles of teaching mathematics, science, or Spanish leaves a large majority of students feeling lost and left behind. Teachers must stick to a schedule. And, so, if your child gets behind in middle school or high school, they are in big trouble because it is easy for the law of compounding to start working against them.
Tutoring Services Are A Necessary Addition to Lecture-Based Learning
This is especially true in subjects like math, science, and Spanish. In these classes, what you learn in year 2 and 3 depend on what you learned in year 1. Therefore, if your child happens to not understand what is happening in year 1 – he is going to struggle in the following years. This will lead to other bad habits. When students are behind they start cheating. They copy off of their friend’s homework. Many students are able to earn Cs and Bs in math class. But they aren’t understanding the material at all. Tutoring services can help put a stop to this cycle. Tutoring allows a student to backtrack and learn all of the fundamental skills that they might have been missing. It also gives immediate support in that it allows them to get caught up on their homework and raise their grades in the short term.
Tutoring Services Have A Positive Compounding Effect
Tutoring services help your child even more than you might initially think because they have a positive compounding effect. What does this mean? It means that once your child starts to understand math, she is going to start to enjoying it more. Once she enjoys it more she will put in extra effort and start to improve further. This will help her in other subjects like science. For the most part, Chemistry and Physics require a fundamental knowledge of Algebra (and beyond!). Realizing that it IS possible to learn math and science also teaches your children that they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to. These benefits start to compound. And soon your child is a doctor, lawyer, or scientist. And one day maybe even their children will be using our tutoring services as well.
Tutoring Services Will Propel Your Child Above His Peers
Your child is meant to shine. He is meant to excel. Sometimes kids just need a little boost. We need someone to motivate us, to teach us, to guide us to success. This is what our tutors can help do.
We were founded back in 2015 under the name Mentor Portland. Mentoring is a part of who we are. And we still use an aspect of mentoring in all of our tutoring sessions. Many of our tutors have degrees or minors in psychology and human motivation. If you are curious to learn more about who we are, you can read more here.
If you are passionate about your child’s success, you should also check out the Talking to Teens video series for parents. The videos here teach you how to motivate and inspire your children to do more and be their best selves.
January 1, 2019
Math and science tutoring for your children is the best investment you’ll ever make. Why? Because the world is moving faster and faster towards jobs that require a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. Perhaps in the future, the majority of well-paying jobs available will be reserved for those students who understand math, science, and technology.
Your kids are your most important asset. You invest (over the course of their lifetimes) millions of dollars in your children.
Math and Science Tutoring Can Help Your Child Earn $20,000 – $30,000 More in Salary after College
The NY Times reports that Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics bachelors degrees earn an average of $55,000 to $65,000 starting salary after college. Social sciences earn an average of $45,000.
Some reports showed that the average starting salary for engineering was $73,700. This is compared to a humanities degree which earns $43,100.
The bottom line is that humanities and social sciences are no longer the most valued degrees. The world has a shortage of STEM graduates. And if you want your child to be on the cutting edge, they need to know mathematics and science.
Math and Science Tutoring Teaches Your Child Transferable Skills
Having strong technical skills is a benefit at most any job. When you know how to code, or you have the mathematical capability to analyze a balance sheet, you are going to earn the position over the candidate sitting beside you.
STEM education prepares you to be a doctor, or a scientist. These are meaningful jobs that will provide your family with status and security.
Math and Science Tutoring Prepares your Child for a Job
Every year 3.2 million jobs in STEM aren’t filled. We simply don’t have enough qualified people to work these positions. The great thing about having a STEM education is that you have options. You can decide whether you want to be a doctor, scientist, computer scientist, or you can even become a writer, or lawyer, or teacher.
That’s why at Tutor Portland we are so proud to focus on math and science tutoring for high school students. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your child’s education.
August 1, 2018
Help Your Child Develop A Better Understanding of Math — 3 Major Topics All Teenagers Should Learn In High School Math
High school students learn best at their own pace, but that isn’t always possible when they’re thrown into a fast-paced math curriculum. As students work their way from algebra through calculus, they may begin to falter if the are missing fundamental knowledge about math. Math is all about building blocks, and if students want to develop a better understanding of math, it’s important that they feel confident applying past concepts to future problems.
That’s where a tutor comes in. You see, great math tutors are not only experts in the particulars of a subject – they’re trained to make sure high school students truly understand the concepts at a deeper level. The results are higher grades and even a spark of fun for students in high school math class.
Algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus are all unique in their own ways, and our tutors will help your high school student understand three major topics that are universal in all forms of math, and applicable to life after class.
Topic 1: A Better Understanding of Math: Relational Understanding
Did you know there are two types of understanding in math? Many students are adept at the first: instrumental understanding. They can take certain math rules and use them to solve problems – but they don’t necessarily know why the rule worked. This form of understanding relies on memorization more than application and can lead to struggles when problems become more complex.
The second form is relational understanding. Some may call it deductive reasoning. It necessitates a deeper understanding of rules, formulas and theorems so that students can continue to build on a solid foundation when things get harder. When students understand the why behind math, their worlds start to open up and they can make connections they may not have seen before.
Math tutors help with relational understanding because they have more time to work with students. In a classroom environment, students can begin to feel overwhelmed if they don’t fully grasp a concept, and fall behind as the class speeds on through to the next lesson. A student who understands the purpose behind math ideas and how to apply them to different concepts will be capable of solving any problem.
Topic 2: A Better Understanding of Math: Translating decimals, fractions and percentages
The entire course of algebra study hinges on understanding of decimals, fractions and percentages, and students need to be able to seamlessly transition between the three. But our brains don’t necessarily work that quickly. Think of yourself in the supermarket, trying to deduce a sale price – sometimes it takes some mental gymnastics to get to the answer. When high school students are up against time pressure on standardized tests, they need to perform at a high level, and fast.
The most common questions tutors will hear from frustrated math students is, “when will I ever use this in real life?” From statistics class in college to filing taxes to taking measurements on a home building project, decimals, fractions and percentages are perhaps the most relevant concepts to the real world beyond the classroom. All high school students should know how to speak the language of these numbers, and math tutors can make them proficient.
Topic 3: A Better Understanding of Math: Calculator proficiency
Every high school student has a computer in their hands at all times nowadays, but not all of them understand the right inputs to solve math problems. Or, if they do, they understand them at an instrumental level and their ability to manipulate formulas tops off at a certain point.
Calculator learning is crucial in high school math. Machines are capable of so much, but they can’t do all the work for your student. Our tutors focus first on the concept, then on how to replicate the concept in digital form. We want students to be confident in more than just knowing where the right button is – we want them to grasp exactly why they’re pressing it to solve a problem.
April 1, 2018
A Math Tutor: Is it the right time to hire one?
The mere word math is frightening to many students. However, tutors can rapidly bring students to heightened math confidence. (And heightened grades!)
First and Foremost: Grades.
If your child has a C or lower in math, a tutor might sound like a good idea. If you want your child to get straight As, a tutor might sound even better! Tutors can help students achieve their academic goals, no matter what they’re aiming for. Maybe there is a specific university they’re thinking about? Or a scholarship? Know where you and your child think their grades should be and call a tutor to decide how to get there.
Has Your Child Lost Interest In Math?
One sign that you might need to hire a tutor is if your child has lost interest for math. If your child used to love math, and now doesn’t—a tutor might be able to help.
If your child is losing interest in math, that’s a signal: something’s wrong. Most likely, they aren’t fully understanding the material.
Get A Math Tutor Quickly
It’s important, when it comes to any subject, to get a tutor early on. But it’s even more important with math. In math, more-so than any other subject, the content of the courses are linear (you must know the previous material in order to understand what is built on top of that material).
You always have to act especially quickly if you sense that your child is losing confidence in math. Confidence is critical to learning math. You need it. A tutor can always help restore a child’s confidence.
Is Hiring A Tutor Worth The Money?
I think it depends on where your child is—where you want them to be—and your financial situation. Hiring a tutor can be an incredible idea if you want to see better grades, on-time graduation, and success for your child.
This article explores tutoring—and whether or not it is worth the cost.
What Qualities To Look For In A Tutor
I think, when it comes to tutoring, likability is a really important factor. It’s important than your child like his tutor. A tutor must win a child’s trust. They should be knowledgable in their field. A tutor should be a strong communicator who has a passion for tutoring and seeing academic improvements in their tutee.
I’m a bit biased, but I’ve hand-selected our tutors—and I think they’re incredible.
— Eric Earle