Need a Maths Tutor? Read these 6 Tips.


Hiring a private maths tutor can be a good idea, especially if your child is having difficulties with a particular maths topic or if there is a significant test or exam approaching.

I’d love to be your child’s maths tutor !

I’d sit next to them with a relaxing smile on my face.

I’d use my energetic-encouraging-non-threatening-patient voice.

I’d help them fight off those maths monsters who lurk in every maths worksheet or textbook.

And I’d make it fun!

Important, but fun!


I don’t live in your city,

And  even if I did, you’d be taking me away from my family

And the Maths Insider readers who need to read what I, and the people who leave comments here, have to say.

So until my children have grown up,

And until I live in your city,

And until I’ve explored everything there is to share about parents helping children with maths,

Let me share the following 6 quick tips with you, about making the most of your child’s maths tutoring sessions, whether you hire a maths tutor or do it yourself:

Maths Tutoring Tips

1  Make sure that an objective for each session is decided in advance, for example, is it to revise a certain topic, study a topic in advance of it being studied at school, or study example test/exam papers.

2  Make sure the maths tutor isn’t just babysitting your child while they do their homework or doing the homework for your child!

3  Try to work out before each session, which questions your child has problems with, and get the tutor to give an alternative explanation, followed by a few practise questions.

4  Get them to take a short break after every 20-30mins. Provide a drink for your child and the tutor. Sessions where the topic is changed after 30mins can re-energise both your child and the tutor.

5  Don’t forget the basics. Most children will benefit from quick fire oral maths drills. I have used these at the start, in the middle and at the end of a 1 hour tuition session. Having your child walk (or jump) around the room during these drills will get oxygen going to their brain and provide a change of pace.

6  At the end of the session get feedback from the maths tutor as to what was achieved. What can your child do now that they couldn’t do before.

What maths tutoring tips do you have?

Tell me in the comments below!

This post features in Works For Me Wednesday.

Caroline Mukisa
About The Author: Caroline Mukisa is the founder of Maths Insider. A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Thinkster Math instructor and math ed blogger. She is the author of the insanely helpful ebook "The Ultimate Kumon Review" and insanely useful website "31 Days to Faster Times Tables" You can follow her math tips on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @mathsinsider

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5 thoughts on “Need a Maths Tutor? Read these 6 Tips.

  1. Great tips! I think the most important theing is for a tutor to ensure that a tutor can come to your child’s level and explain a concept in a manner that your child understands. I remember trying to explain to a piano teacher that saying thesame thing she just said, only louder was not going to help my child. :D The teacher may not have learned from me, but I learned my lesson and found a new teacher.

    • LOL! Great that you got rid of that piano teacher. It’s sometimes hard to “sack” someone who is coming to your home to teach your child. Hopefully by now the piano tutor has modified their tutoring technique!

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