1.   Stop the Bleeding – Assess Needs and Fill Gaps

My primary goal, when working with a student, is to assess that person’s abilities and determine their strengths and weaknesses. Mathematics is what I like to call foundational.  Every new topic is predicated by the assumption that a student has mastered every topic leading up to the present.  If there is a gap in learning at some point in their mathematical learning, it can cause trouble for every subsequent topic. For instance, if a student had the chicken pox when subtraction was covered, that student could have issues with subtraction every step of the way, which can inhibit their confidence and success in every year and every course that follows.  My goal is to determine those gaps and bridge them to new levels of understanding, while reinforcing fundamental mathematical skills.


2.  Meet Current Goals – Plan and Execute 

I work with the student and the parents and teachers of that student, to determine their short term and long term goals.  Once goals have been established, I develop a plan for success in their current areas of study and work with the student to execute that plan.


3. Look to the Future – Build Confidence and Proactivity 

Once stability in the current areas of study is achieved, I expose students to the topics that they will be seeing in the future.  Working ahead of the pace of their current course, gives students a boost of confidence, especially when they see these topics in the classroom for the first time.  The result is a stable student who exhibits an increase in class participation and a deeper understanding of mathematics.