5 surprising benefits of math tutoring

5 surprising benefits of math tutoring

1. More confidence

An overall boost in confidence is a great benefit from math tutoring. When students make mistakes on assignments & tests in class, they’ll start to hesitate with speaking up, asking questions, and engaging in class.

Students are more likely to participate without the fear of getting an answer wrong when they’re more comfortable with the material & understand that with time & effort they will actually get better. 

Improving & excelling in math is a first step in improving confidence through the growth mindset. As they understand and continually see their own progress (overcoming obstacles time and time again), students become confident in other subjects as well as other areas of life.

In a study of 600 students, “at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, professors Lazar Stankov, Suzanne Morony, and Lee Yim Ping have found that students who think they are skilled in math tend to perform well on math tests.” (Briggs, S)

2. One on one attention

Another great benefit of math tutoring is the one on one attention your student will receive. For the most part, there are about 20-30 students in each math class, which means your student may not be receiving enough personalized attention to help them excel. 

It’s a bit more difficult for teachers to give each student personalized attention, walk them through what they need to improve on, and have a growth plan for them specifically. While teachers try their best to help all their students at the same time, with math tutoring your child can have personal instruction and teaching styles catered to them. 

If your child is normally shy & doesn’t ask many questions in class, having the right math tutor will help them feel safe & ensure they get their questions asked and answered. Your child’s math tutor will identify right off the bat what areas they need to focus on and communicate that to you & your child in an effective way side by side with a personal plan that helps your student. 

“Market analysts at Bear-Stearns now estimate that parents whose children are in the top and the bottom of their classes (21 percent of the total) are likely to seek tutoring.” (Gut, G. F., & Monell, J.)

It makes sense that students with average B & C grades find tutoring to excel, the students who are already doing well with A’s are driven to keep it up and are getting tutored to continue to excel, and the students who are struggling are finding tutoring to catch up.

3. Your student will see improved test scores

Test scores play a large role in student GPAs and what classes they will be entering the following year. Having excellent test scores will help your child get into honors or higher the next year and the years after that as well, which benefits their college application process. 

A private math tutor enables your child to prepare better for upcoming tests as they work together on your child’s weaknesses. 

LearnX offers an educational experience that provides students with a personal 1:1 tutor & a study buddy as well. Students take a scholar assessment to get matched with a tutor based on their personality, learning styles, & interests. The same results are used to match your child with a study friend that they’re able to practice with. Learn more here.

4. Improved attitude toward school & academics

Students often find certain academic subjects to be boring because they don’t understand the material, find it hard to learn, or get confused. 

When your child starts to understand how math works instead learning through rote memorization of the material, they will enjoy math more & turn a positive attitude towards it. 

It’s much harder to forget when you understand concepts rather than memorizing only.

5. Your student will build good & productive habits

Your child is going to learn how to effectively improve their skills in math which comes with proper study habits. This leads to better time management, a better understanding of why work ethic is important, and reliably able to independently learn. 

These skill sets will inevitably be used in other areas of their life and help your student become more proactive, and set them up for long term successes.

Briggs, S., About Saga Briggs is an author at InformED. You can follow her on Twitter@sagamilena or read more of her writing here., & Briggs, S. (2014, July 5). Self-Efficacy: How Self-Confidence Improves Learning. InformED. https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/self-efficacy-and-learning/.

Gut, G. F., & Monell, J. (n.d.). Private Tutoring. NAIS. https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-school/summer-2008/private-tutoring/.


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