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Where do I find a maths tutor for DD?

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Lifesgood
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Do I just do a google search?

How did you find a tutor for your high school kid? ETA: how much does it cost?

I’d like someone local who can come to the house or who DD can go to after school.

 

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José

Most people I know find through word of mouth or post on local BSS pages. That's for individuals 

 

There are tutoring businesses of course as well.

Cost would depend on things such as is the tutor a uni student or similar or a qualified teacher 

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SFmummyto3

I've found a Maths tutor online through a tutoring agency. We tried a couple through them and really liked one so have used her off and on over the last couple of years. She's helped enormously. She's $70 for one hour (Melbourne), comes to our home and is an ex-Maths teacher, semi retired now but tutors. If you're inner Melb I could recommend her. I think it's just trial and error a bit. We've recently done similar for English also. 

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Lifesgood

Thx SFmummyto3. I'm in Sydney. I think DD would like an older person as a tutor. Might see what I can find online.

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Crap Napper

Our year 9 DD has been having maths tutoring this year, and it has made so much difference. We went with LearnEd on the recommendation of a friend, and the tutor she was paired up with has been amazing. We specifically needed someone with maths teaching qualifications , because we were in a situation where we didn't know what she didn't know. It wasn't just a matter of assisting with class work, there were gaps from previous years that needed to be identified. She has gone from being a full year behind to being eligible to do year 10 maths methods, in 6 months! She has two 30 minute sessions each week, with homework in between, which costs $68. The sessions are all done via zoom.

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SFmummyto3

I found our recent tutor here

https://www.tutoringforexcellence.com.au/

They’re in Sydney also.

i think it is very much trial and error until you find someone who your child clicks with.

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CrankyM

You could also talk to the school. Some have names of tutors, I know our high schools have list of people who tutor due to programs they run. It is really dependent on what you are looking for.

Is it just general tutoring or is it specialist tutoring that will also require an assessment of what areas have been missed or similar? I know a few university students who are doing courses like engineering who often tutor the high school kids in our area.

There are also websites that can offer ideas on how to access tutors (I'm currently on the hunt for a specialist literacy tutor who can provide support via zoom. But I know I can use the SPELD tutor finder and the Learning disability Australia tutor finder).

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amdirel

I found one through word of mouth, from a school mum friend. First session this week, so hopefully all will go well. 

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-Emissary-

Word of mouth would probably be the best as you know whether the person is a good teacher or not.

You can also have a look at some of the tutoring centres within your area.

DS is currently being tutored by my cousin (uni student). He charges us $20 a hour but I know he charges other students $30. DS goes to his house but it’s literally a minute drive for us. He might be on the cheap side as he’s just an uni student. 

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**Manning**

Word of mouth.

My DD has an awesome tutor. The tutor is a uni student, young and talks my DD language. Lol.

My DD has gone from a C grade maths student to A grade and full of confidence this year.  Best money spent each week. 

 

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CrankyM

Oh and area and their qualifications will impact their charges. I haven't seen a tutor for under $50/hour in our area. I am fully expecting to fork out $60-$80 for what we need.

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MarciaB
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Hi OP

I would ask around friends/colleagues who have school age kids, particularly if you know anyone with older kids who may either be doing the HSC or just finished.  So many of that age group use tutors for a range of reasons during the HSC years, they will be likely to recommend someone.  It is also good to have someone who can tutor that level (ie Year 11/12) so you can go back to them if needed.  Personally when I have needed a tutor I wanted someone who either is/was or working to be a Maths teacher as it was important that they understood the curriculum.  If I was looking for a tutor for a primary aged student I would probably have been happy with an older teen who had finished school - but that wouldn't have worked for me for senior high school.

Keep an open mind as to age and experience - for my 2 girls, I have used 2 maths tutors for HSC mathematics - one a retired teacher and currently for younger dd a 3rd year Uni student (studying to be a teacher) - both have been great in different ways and suited my dd's respectively.  

You could also ask your dd's Maths teacher if you felt comfortable - they may know someone within their network who may be able to help.

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Dianalynch

We’ve had one for ds, retired teacher he was the school maths specialist $75 an hour. Some teachers take on tutoring work so you could ask around. 
 

in the meantime I suggest the online program khan academy, the ‘get ready for grade xx’ program will identify any gaps in learning, eg if your dd is in grade 9, get ready for grade 9 will identify if there were gaps in her year 8 program, which could mean a struggle with year 9. The videos and exercises will fix those gaps, she can then move on to the khan grade 9 work. My kids are finding it very engaging, in our Vic lockdown world it’s had to replace tutoring. 

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