Here’s another success story from one of my students. The purpose of this story is to provide an insight on the simple methods I use to coach my students. I do not use overly-complicated math strategies. In fact, I choose to keep things simple. I focus a lot on confidence-building and changing the mindset of my student over time. This is so he can become self-reliant and not tuition-reliant.
Hopefully, as parents, you can learn some lessons from this case study and apply it to your own children too.
When Brendan joined my class in Secondary 1, he was still an under-achiever. His grades were an average of C. After the first few lessons, I realised that his foundations are actually alright and I knew he is definitely capable of scoring an ‘A’. I started forming a lesson plan for him to ensure he is able to score an A.
After going through a few revision exercises, I realised he is weak in Algebra. He also told me he feared Algebra questions because he always get them wrong. He often made silly mistakes on expansion and factorisation, and has difficulties solving equations.
Instead of telling him the mistakes, I taught him to spot his mistakes himself. By doing so, he knew where he would usually commit careless mistakes and avoid them. When he has difficulty solving equations, instead of telling him the answer, I will explain to him the various methods of problem-solving using similar examples related to his questions. After understanding the methods, he started to apply the methods and solve the questions himself.
Over time, his Math improved. He realised that he is able to solve more and more Algebra equations himself. With a better foundation, he is able to understand better what the teachers taught in schools. He is able to volunteer to solve questions in front of his school class, using the methods I taught him. His teachers commended him and his self-confidence grew.
Tuition lessons were never boring for Brendan. He enjoyed making friends in class. When his friends have problems in their school homework, I encourage them to solve the problems together. By getting exposed to more difficult questions from other schools, he is more capable of handling a greater variety of questions. By seeing the mistakes which his friends made, he is also able to make mental notes and avoid similar mistakes himself. Yes, group tuition has its benefits.
When Brendan got his recent common test results back, he scored 28/30 and I felt happy for him. But he felt sad!
He told me he should have scored full marks! He lost the 2 marks due to 2 careless mistakes. But I encouraged him. I reminded him that he didn’t dream of scoring full marks last year but this year, he has the goal of scoring full marks which is a very good sign. It’s amazing how much a child’s confidence and mindset can change within 1 year.
Brendan is more motivated now. He is determined to achieve perfection for his next test and exam.
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By Jimmy Ling
Director, Math Tutor
Intellicat Tuition School