Welcome! Are You Thinking It’s Time For a Math Tutor?

People tend to associate the term "tutoring" with a struggling student.  

This is unfortunate.  


Technically, a “tutor” is a person charged with the instruction and guidance of another as:

A.  a private teacher

B.  a teacher,..who gives individual instruction,...


Please note, 

"a struggling student" isn’t mentioned anywhere in the definition of a “tutor.”


When Should You Begin to Look For Math Tutoring?

Do not wait until you, your son, your daughter, your niece, your nephew, your granddaughter, your grandson is struggling to think of math tutoring.


Why?

A student who may not appear to be struggling, may indeed be struggling.

And a student who is struggling, may not be struggling because of the current content.


What?

Let’s be honest with ourselves:

  1. Think about all of the free points in the gradebook that are given for completing homework - even if it is all incorrect.
  2. Think about all of the participation points
  3. Think about all of the points given for things that have absolutely nothing to do with math, let alone the current content - like bringing in a box of Kleenex, or Lysol wipes, or hand sanitizer
NOW is the time!
Think: 
  1. Does the grade on the report card truly reflect the mathematical content knowledge? 
  2. Has it? 
  3. Will it ever?

Grades are a number. I’m interested in mathematical content knowledge.

I’m glad you’re here!


What Style of Math Tutoring Session Are You Looking For?

Over the past 16 years, I have arrived at the following here at JUST MATH:  


One on one math tutoring (one to one math tutoring, 1 on 1 math tutoring)

1 on 1 math tutoring is delivered by me (pictured above) to a single student. It is beneficial for students who want to work alone, with a single teacher, and do not want any interaction whatsoever with any other students.


Small group instruction

Small group instruction is delivered by me (pictured above) to a group of no more than 4 students who are studying the same topic. It is beneficial for students who want individual attention, who like to work alone, but also enjoy interacting with other students while learning and completing his/her work. Students who learn in small groups benefit from learning from each other’s mistakes and/or misconceptions. They take comfort in knowing that he/she is not alone in making mistakes or having misconceptions. They laugh off their shortcomings and boldly celebrate their “Ah Ha’s.” Research backed strategies like ‘thinking aloud’, discussing and explaining/critiquing answers lead to a tight knit collaborative learning environment that often leads to the formation of friendships among the students (and myself!) that transcend the JUST MATH learning environment. The amount of content that is delivered during the session, and the length of the session is NOT impacted by student interaction. Crafting and managing small group interaction for maximum learning and efficiency is a skill that only master teachers can obtain, when studied and applied appropriately. 

Large group instruction

Large group instruction is delivered by me (pictured above) to a group of no more than 20 students. It is beneficial for students who want a cost effective way to receive direct instruction around a particular topic. 


What Type of Math Tutor Do You Prefer?

You are in the right place if you are looking for a personal math tutor.


What do I mean by personal?

I care deeply about my students and my families.

I care more about the end game, than I do about the gradebook.


For example, 

I will not let my students take my Algebra 1 class - and do well - and watch them NOT pass the Keystone Algebra 1 exam at school. 

What? 

Yes, 

Every year I get students who passed Algebra 1 at their school, but need my Keystone Algebra 1 test preparation to help them prepare to retake the Keystone Algebra 1 exam at school and pass it (more on that later…there’s a tab to the left dedicated to Keystone Algebra 1). 


Another example,

In certain instances,

I may not advise one of my students to take whatever class the school is offering him/her as a result of his/her current math grade being ‘high’ or as a result of his/her standardized test score(s) being ‘high.’

What?

Why?

Think about it: 

Do you think that a child who memorized rote facts, and can carry out rote algorithms quicker/better than his peers will continue to be the same child who can understand and apply algebraic concepts with ease at a high level? 

Do you think that a child who memorized rote facts, and can carry out rote algorithms quicker/better than his peers will continue to meet math with ease when he/she is forced onto the path that leads him/her to AP Calculus?

What?

Yes, 

Every year I get incoming 6th grade students who took whatever class that was, that the school placed him/her in as a result of his/her ‘high’ math grade and/or a ‘high’ standardized test score, and did NOT pass “the test” to get placed into the higher math class for 6th grade. 

Mind blowing.

Instead, I enrich the student. I teach him/her more than what is being taught at school. Each year, we reassess his/her’s mathematical ability and interest and together decide which math class is best for him/her that year. 

You can jump the track whenever you want.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Don’t Panic.

I’m not crazy.

I may not advise one of my students to take whatever class the school offers him/her as a result of his/her math grade being ‘high’ or as a result of his/her standardized test score(s) being ‘high’ because I look beyond scores. 

I consider everything.


DID YOU KNOW:

Only 52% of students who started out as high achievers in mathematics in 3rd grade managed to maintain their academic edge through the 8th grade?

To learn more about the 52% of students who started out as high achievers in mathematics in 3rd grade and managed to lose their academic edge by 8th 


You’re also in the right place if you’re looking for a private math tutor/Private mathematics tutor.


I’m the teacher that kids often ran/run to instead of the guidance counselor.

I’m the teacher who treats each student and his/her family as if he/she/they were my only student/family.

Our relationship is NOT a transactional one. (There’s a tab to the left with testimonials).


What Type of Math Tutoring Do You Need?


Math Tutoring Programs

By definition, a “program” is:
A.  A plan of action to accomplish a specified end
B.  A plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc

My programs are not hammers that treat every student as if he/she were a nail.
What?

For example:
My PSAT preparation program consists of scheduled activities to accomplish desirable performance on the PSAT.

However,
My PSAT preparation program is NOT for everyone.

I have a specific PSAT program for:
- Incoming 9th graders (many private schools administer the PSAT in 9th grade while many pubic schools do NOT)

I have a specific PSAT program for:
- Incoming 10th graders who will be taking the PSAT for the 1st time
- Incoming 10th graders who took the PSAT in 9th grade

I have a specific PSAT program for:
- Incoming 11th graders who are taking the PSAT, again, for a very specific reason.

Another example:
My Algebra 1 programs are different. 

I have specific Algebra 1 programs for students who:
- Are currently taking Algebra 1 at school
- Will be taking Algebra 1 at school in the fall
- Are currently taking Geometry and need to make sure their Algebra base is ROCK SOLID for Algebra 2 
- Are currently taking Prealgebra at school and are doing extremely well (and almost feel like the class is a joke)

Another example:
I have programs tailored to specific schools and specific grades.

- 5th grade at Aquinas Academy? I have a program for that!
- 9th grade Algebra 1 at North Catholic High School? I have a program for that!


Math tutoring services
By definition, a “service” is an act of helpful activity.

My math tutoring services are helpful activities that are delivered in the manner that best fits your needs and your schedule. 
You read that right, it’s all about you, NOT me. 

Why?
It is not helpful for me to schedule a session that meets my needs, 
but has you, your son, your daughter, your niece, your nephew, your granddaughter, your grandson rushing to attend the session, and not be focused.

I do not try to fit square pegs into circle holes.
If the stars do not align, they do not align.
Remember,
I’m in it for the end game.


Math tutoring centers
Technically, you can call the JUST MATH headquarters (pictured above) a math tutoring center.
By definition, a “center” is a point,…around which anything…revolves.

JUST MATH tutoring began in 2005 as a single location where it delivered face to face math tutoring services. 
Sadly,
Only those who were able to travel to the location during operating hours could receive JUST MATH services.

As of September 2021,
JUST MATH headquarters (pictured above) no longer serves as the center of our diverse tutoring universe. We now have a private online platform (not Google or Zoom) to deliver our services! 


Math tutoring places
If you can imagine yourself, your son, your daughter, your niece, your nephew, your granddaughter, your grandson with a wifi connection and device with a webcam/camera,
You can imagine a JUST MATH tutoring place!

By definition, a “place” is a space in general.
Laying in bed? Sitting at a desk? Lounging on the couch? 
If you have a wifi connection and a device with a webcam/camera, I can provide you math tutoring!

NEXT STEPS:

Professional math tutor, female math tutor, Melanie Sittler MSEd MBA provides ALL of the math math tutoring services at JUST MATH.

Learn more about how I can help you, your son, your daughter, your niece, your nephew, your granddaughter, your grandson gain and maintain mathematical content knowledge with math tutoring.

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