February 18, 2008

I'm a Believer

I have taken on another student for tutoring Algebra II. I’m up in the air on her… she’s got a lot going against her, including a lot of negative people around her.

That bugs me. I told her that. I told her no more negative thoughts. NO.

She says it’s the teacher as well.

I told her she will always have at least one bad teacher a semester, even in college when she’s paying the big bucks.

I’m not so sure it’s the teacher. I think in this case it’s a 50/50 deal.

My other student? Absolutely the teacher. When the only kid who gets an A in the class has a tutor… there is an issue. When the highest grade in the class was a 75 on the last test and it was gotten by the kid with the tutor… there’s a problem.

But… this one? My goal is to get the basics into her. She has missed some big stuff. Big stuff. She looked stunned when I explained to her what she’d done wrong on some of her tests.

Her goal is to pull a C both semesters... she currently has an F.

My goal is to get her to pull a C THIS quarter and an A the next.

I think she can do it… she just needs to think she can.

We’ll see if we last together. She seems receptive… but completely negged out. I don’t have the time to deal with people who don’t want to try. If she tries… and I know it… I will do everything I can including standing on my head if that’s what it takes. If she doesn’t want to try… then I walk.

Very easy.

This should be interesting.

The thing is… I really really believe in her. I do. I just hope I can convince her to believe in herself…

Posted by Boudicca at February 18, 2008 10:44 PM | TrackBack

I tutored a friend's kid in math. He just did not get numbers...at all. I converted every problem to money. Then he understood it.

Posted by: Jerry at February 19, 2008 01:01 AM

Here's hoping you can help her to see in herself what you see. Hard to rewrite the scripts that are in our heads - even at a young age. Tough going, and wishing you the best of luck!

Posted by: jck at February 19, 2008 01:43 AM

Sounds like a parental problem with her.

Been there, done that, will never get anything if you have someone constintly telling you that your not smart enough to get it.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 19, 2008 09:33 AM

In a way, I wish you could tutor me in math, just because, thinking back, I either never had a good teacher, and because I was always a terrible student...and, all things considered, I was barely able to get past sequential one.

But, the thing is, I love to learn, and having a good teacher who DOES believe in you makes all the difference. I've passed other classes that way with flying colors, but no such luck with math.

A shame you have to live so far away. :-(

Posted by: Erica at February 19, 2008 06:09 PM

If anyone can do it - you will be the one!

Posted by: Teresa at February 19, 2008 07:31 PM

"I told her she will always have at least one bad teacher a semester, even in college when she’s paying the big bucks."

I found that I had more than one bad teacher a semester in college. The junior college I attended had great teachers. Then I transferred to the four year school that I had to pay the big bucks for and I was lucky to have one good teacher a semester.

Posted by: d at February 19, 2008 08:40 PM