Expert Math Tutors
Our expert arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus tutors can help your math student master difficult concepts or get ahead. We work closely with you to make sure you have the right tutor for your needs, whether the challenge is mastering the multiplication table, working with fractions, solving equations, or finding derivatives.
Your math tutor will:
- come to your home
- work one-on-one
- adapt lessons to your student
Who Wants a Math Tutor?
Arithmetic: Math Tutors for Grades K-5
Children in grade school often struggle with new math concepts. Working with a math tutor will help your student succeed in class and feel good about themselves, while laying a foundation for future success.
Some elementary school students need help learning math facts, understanding percentages and fractions, and decoding word problems. Decimals, factoring, and long division may mystify some students, while others need guidance on how to break down a complex problem into smaller, simpler problems.
Special services include teaching with manipulatives which allows students to learn kinesthetically, techniques to work around dyscalcula or dyslexia, and patient explanations to overcome math anxiety.
Tutors for Pre-algebra and Algebra
Students are tackling algebra at younger ages; sometimes before they’re developmentally ready. Ready or not, pre-algebra introduces ratios, probability and statistics, and simple linear equations which must be mastered before the class moves ahead. Geometry concepts of perimeter, area, and volume are also covered. Word problems become ever more challenging. Students must have the ability to use each technique and know when to apply it.
Graphing equations, factoring polynomials, solving a system of two linear equations, and using the quadratic formula are some of the essentials of any algebra class. Many of these skills are challenging and all build on skills the student is assumed to have mastered earlier.
Even students who excelled in algebra may struggle with geometry. Geometry introduces formal proofs. Students demonstrate an understanding of theorems, axioms, deductive and inductive reasoning, proof by contradiction, and can prove basic theorems involving congruence and similarity.
Students learn and can apply formulas relating to the perimeter and area of circles, triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons. They do the same for the surface area and volume of prisms, cones, spheres and other solids.
Finally, a lot of time is spent on triangles and learning the definitions and applications of the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent. These skills are essential to follow-on courses and must be mastered. A geometry tutor can help your student navigate geometry’s complex world by tailoring lessons to current assignments and past learning gaps.
Tutoring Algebra II
Algebra II complements and expands the content and concepts of algebra I and geometry. Students solve systems of linear equations and inequalities, perform division on polynomials, and learn complex (imaginary) numbers.
Students learn arithmetic and geometric series, fractional exponents, and logarithms. The math they learn in algebra II has many practical applications, which they will practice in word problems.
An algebra II tutor must be intimately familiar with the subject and know how to effectively teach it. As with all our tutors, we guarantee your satisfaction with the algebra II tutor we match with your student.
Trigonometry, Analysis, and Pre-calculus Tutors
Trigonometry builds on the techniques students learn in algebra and geometry. Trig functions are defined in geometric rather than algebraic terms. Doing well in trigonometry is important for any student who intends to study more advanced math, engineering, or physics in college.
A trigonometry tutor can help students learn tangent, arctangent, secant, and cosecant functions and their graphs. Students will learn to apply the law of sines and cosines, and learn polar coordinate form.
Trigonometry is sometimes paired with mathematical analysis and linear algebra as a pre-calculus class. Analysis delves deeper into complex numbers, rectangular and polar coordinate spaces, and introduces students to limits: the foundation of integral calculus. Linear algebra introduces matrix math, including matrix multiplication.
Trigonometry students typically demonstrate an aptitude for math and have possibly never before needed help from a tutor. At this level, students should not delay getting help. When you’re lost, a professional math tutor can help to quickly put you back on track.
Tutors for Calculus and Advanced Placement
High school calculus is typically taught with the same rigor as a college calculus class. In fact, calculus is often presented as an Advanced Placement (A.P.) class so that students are able to receive college credit. Calculus has broad applicability throughout the sciences and is required for all engineering degrees.
Students learn limits, concepts of continuity, and applicability of the intermediate and extreme value theorems. They calculate derivatives and can apply and calculate integrals. There is a steady stream of word problems.
As with trigonometry or any other pre-calculus class, calculus students have demonstrated math aptitude and have possibly never before worked with a math tutor. The pressure to perform is high in calculus, and many students find it essential to have a professional calculus tutor help them understand the application of calculus and fill any gaps in their knowledge.
Probability and Statistics and Advanced Placement Tutoring
As an alternative to calculus, many schools offer probability and statistics. Students interested in social science, psychology, politics, computer programming, and gambling will all need a strong background in this topic.
Understanding conditional probability, correlations, distributions, and standard deviations are all required.
Students are frequently confused by the methods for calculating probabilities, correlations, and distributions. Probability and statistics require the ability to interpret real world scenarios, and are areas where students often seek the help of a professional math tutor.
Integrated Math Tutors
Integrated math covers elements of algebra, geometry and algebra II. Topics are covered in a real-life context, and do not flow in the same sequence as a traditional math curriculum. Although some students benefit from the integrated math approach, others find themselves unprepared for college level math — even if they earned good grades in integrated math programs.
Because the curriculum moves quickly from topic to topic, students can be easily disoriented and find themselves without the foundation needed to successfully complete a section. A math tutor with a strong background in a variety of math disciplines can help make sense of it all.