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What to Look For in an Online Math Tutor in the Philippines

7 min read

Jun 15, 2022

Ask any kid their most challenging subject. Chances are they would say Math! Math has a reputation for being intimidating and scary for many learners. In fact, according to the 2019 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, Filipino students were found to have struggled with their mathematical literacy. 

Math has always been viewed as difficult for its complex yet abstract concepts. But it doesn’t have to be that way! All a student needs is a push for critical thinking and a new way of problem-solving. And the best way to hone your kids’ Math skills is through an online Math tutor. 

Through online tutors, they get to achieve Math success without falling into memorization and more towards a true understanding of the subject. They get personalized help to gain confidence. At the same time, they’ll get a better relationship with the subject because Math isn’t bad! Every child can build a love for learning with the right approach.

To ensure your child gets the proper help they need, here are some factors you should look out for in your quest for your child’s next Math tutor.

1. Math Expertise and Knowledge

This one may seem obvious, but finding a Math expert always comes first! It’s expected of every tutor to have certain credentials, but expertise in Math is not all about that. Math isn’t just about memorization or solving without using a calculator. It’s about understanding concepts, figuring out when to utilize specific formulas, and comprehending problems even when the answer isn’t always obvious.

This requires a deep understanding of the subject. So, the online tutor must have the necessary experience for it. Here are the credentials to look out for in an online Math tutor:

  • Degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Science, or any related field
  • Teaching license and/or certification
  • Previous teaching or tutoring work experience

Aside from the credentials, your online Math tutor should be able to address your child’s current concerns. There are so many lessons under Math that it’s tough to get just any tutor for the job. Depending on your child’s grade level, they must be familiar with the Math curriculum for their level and be experts with the lessons your child needs help on. An example would be an online Math tutor teaching Grade 5-6 level lessons on Geometry.

2. Passion for Math

Math isn’t always the most enticing school subject for kids. So, it helps to have an online Math tutor that is enthusiastic about it. Many online tutors know Math, but not all have a passion for it. And the more passionate a teacher is about their subject, the more that passion gets passed along to your child. This can help enhance their learning experience and motivate them to new heights.

You’ll need online tutors who are not only interested in the subject but also happy to teach others about it. It’s not the easiest subject in the world, especially for kids who can get overwhelmed with all the numbers. This is why passionate teachers are necessary because they have the patience to explain these complex processes to your child, even when they make mistakes. 

In fact, a passionate online Math tutor will know and use multiple strategies to teach the same concepts. They’ll have far more methods and techniques to get the kids to learn, away from the usual teaching methods in school. And getting to personalize that learning experience for your child will be helpful for them in the long run.

3. Ability to communicate with children

Past work experience tells us not only about expertise but also the soft skills necessary for the job. In this case, it’s important to know the online tutor’s experience with teaching children! As we know, it’s one thing to teach a subject; it’s another to be able to teach younger kids in grade school/elementary. There’s much more patience, understanding, and high energy involved for a child to learn. A lot more kids need special attention in those years.

And, with a subject like Math, it’s easy to get lost in translation with everything going on. That’s why it’s important to find online tutors who know how to explain difficult material into something simple. At the same time, you need to find online tutors who know how to catch a child’s attention. They have to know how to motivate them and maybe even teach them to love the subject too. 

They can do this in many creative ways! Sometimes, you’ll have Math tutors who turn Math problems into real-life situations, bring out shapes and diagrams for visuals, make funny word problems, or even create games. This is the type of person you’d want for an online Math tutor!

4. Good with Technology

What sets regular tutors apart from online tutors is the presence of technology. And you might think it’s as simple as turning on the video call button for class, but it’s much more complicated than you think. 

For subjects like Math, most of the work comes in its execution. It’s less about Powerpoint slides and reading off books. You’ll find in Math that most of the learning comes from teaching on a blackboard and doing the problems together with teachers and classmates. This is tough on an online setup, as evidenced by online classes. 
This is why it’s essential to find an online Math tutor that can bridge that gap. Many technologies out there have been a great help as learning tools for online setups. What’s next is for online tutors to utilize them to their advantage. This means your next online Math tutor must be up-to-date and familiar with the new technologies, different learning programs, and the latest knowledge. After all, you don’t want any delays or technical difficulties! Students need to get the full benefit of online tutoring, which is they can be in comfortable environments at home while still being able to learn effectively.

5. Availability

The great thing about online tutors is that you can decide when to have your classes. This is different from online classes that were still synchronous for every student. Through online tutoring, you can choose a schedule that works best for you and your child. This helps to establish boundaries for your child. They can have the chance to keep up with their studies while having time for family, friends, and the fun things they want to do!

With that, availability will play a significant role in choosing the right online tutors. No need to adjust your lives around school! You can find an online Math tutor available for your child at a time and date that works for the whole family.

Aside from that, you’ll need someone that’s easy to communicate with and accessible for a quick call. With regular teachers, you only get feedback during parent-teacher conferences. Now, with online tutors, you can get immediate feedback on your child’s progress. While this may not mean 24/7 availability, it’s vital to find online tutors who are responsive to your questions, provide check-ins, and give you updates, whether or not you reach out first. 

Online tutors need to be just as dedicated to your child’s learning! So, you need to find someone with the initiative and drive to see your child succeed. 

On a quest to find the right online Math tutor for your child? Let’s help you get started! Check out our all-new personalized, interactive, and engaging online tutoring service: Edge Tutor. Book a FREE class now!

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