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Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by monstermum, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. monstermum

    monstermum New commenter

    I will be seeing a new child and his mum very soon.He will be entering Year 6 in September and mum says she doesn't care if he isn't 'top of the class' but wants him to feel more confident in maths because he 'shuts down' when he comes across things that he finds difficult and is very self-critical.
    I just posted on here tonight because I wondered how would all you more knowledgeable and experienced home tutors would approach the first few tutoring sessions with a child such as this?
    Thank you in advance for any positive contributions people.
  2. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    I wouldn't do anything differently. Just do some assessment work, find out what he likes doesn't like etc
    Find out what he finds hard and what works for him
    Standard stuff
    phlogiston likes this.
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Mother sounds sensible and pragmatic.
    I would think about some games to develop basic skills, some gentle assessment, then work on the strategies to approach whatever he finds hard.
  4. Kateray1

    Kateray1 New commenter

    I am about to start Maths with a ks1 pupil.

    Agree with others, find out his ability weak and strong areas, use an approach to suit him, make it real, try and relate it to stuff he likes doing where possible and lots of appropriate praise.

    Good luck

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