It is my strongly-held belief that any student can learn and master any subject, no matter their starting point or alleged “natural ability.” It is merely a matter of investing the time and investing it appropriately. In my experience, nine out of ten students I have worked with have no serious issues with learning. They simply weren’t taught how to study.
In my tutoring sessions, I teach two things. The first is the information itself and the intuitive understanding behind said material. The second thing I teach is how to take a large amount of complicated, disorganized information and break it down into small, useful and easy-to-follow sets of ideas that lead from point-to-point emphasizing the bigger picture, as well as abstract application.
The most effective way of doing this is by using both concept-mapping and practice exams; my tutoring sessions rely very heavily on these practices. I find that it generally takes one to two two-hour tutoring sessions to cover one chapter’s worth of material, given the nature of these subjects.
I will not rush through the sessions, ensuring that we cover all the material. In education, quality trumps quantity. I will not simply explain the bare minimum for students to “pass” their quizzes, exams, courses and etc. We will not move on to new material until I feel comfortable about a student’s understanding of the material. It is also important to note that I will not complete the homework of my students, as homework is one of the best ways to become familiar with course material.