So you've failed a maths test. You might be in Grade 3 when the symbol on your report card is an "F" symbol, or you may even be in Grade 5 the first time you see a red ring around your maths mark.  You could even get a 30% in maths in your Grade 11 first term test after having passed maths all along.  Failing is unfortunate!  Accepting that you have failed is even more traumatising. Does a failed symbol mean that you should stop trying? Must you give up and anxiously await another red ring in your report?  Is it time to throw in the towel and switch from pure mathematics to maths literacy? Certainly not! Have you ever heard the cliche, "Failure is a stepping stone to success?" Failing maths can cause you to start a new maths learning journey with the help of a dedicated tutor who is willing to put in the effort to help you to improve your maths mark.

"And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey." A Series of Unfortunate Events

So where in Durban can you find a private maths tutor?

Searching for Dedicated Maths Tutors in Durban

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The right maths tutor is a click away Source: Lewis Keegan| Unsplash

A Superprof Maths Tutor

Well, the Superprof site allows you to click your way to finding the right tutor whose profile matches exactly what you are looking for in a person who you want to learn maths with.

Superprof has over 188 maths tutors in the Durban region. The site was created as a platform to allow tutees in search of the perfect maths tutor to select a tutor based on a variety of criteria. You can select a tutor because other students have recommended the tutor via the site or you can choose a tutor who you will feel most comfortable with based on the described teaching method that the tutor employees.  You can also choose a tutor who charges a reasonable tutorial fee and who is willing to work on a one-on-one basis with you.

Superprof tutors are always willing to go the extra mile for their students and thus they confidently offer their first lesson for free. Having a free lesson with a tutor will enable you to gauge which tutor is the best fit.

Master Maths

If you want to attend a tuition centre, there are several tuition centres in Durban. Master Maths is but one tuition franchise that you can go to for extra maths help.

Foundation phase children, however, cannot attend Master Maths classes as these classes are mainly aimed at primary and high school children. At the Master Maths centre, lessons are structured according to three principles: having interactive lessons, getting learners to work tutors who are inspirational beings and encouraging tutors to work with students in such a way that they become motivated to succeed in maths. Master maths also caters for self-paced online learning as well.

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Hold your head high and give maths another go| Source: Unsplash Tamarcus Brown

Get the Answers to Your Maths Questions With a Tutor of Your Choice?

Surely, you may have burning questions about where you might have gone wrong in your paper. So whether you choose a Superprof tutor or attend maths tutorial classes at a tuition centre in Durban, you want to rework your paper with your tutor. Your tutor will guide you and show you how your teacher marks certain questions. If negative marking was used, your teacher will inform you about how the process works.  A professional tutor may also teach you some useful strategies on how to tackle difficult maths sums.

Having a tutor by your side will give you the chance to get the answers to maths questions that may be bubbling in your mind. Getting complex maths questions answered will allow you to breathe and feel at ease.  Finding answers to trigonometry questions may not be a burden but being uncertain as to whether your answer is right or wrong can cause you to stress unnecessarily, so this is where a tutor comes in to iron out all your doubts.

Most skilled maths tutors know how vital asking maths questions are when tutoring. Your maths tutor may put the ball in your court and ask effective maths questions. By asking you questions, your tutor will informally assess you to see which aspects of maths you are struggling with.  The tutor will employee sophisticated questioning techniques so as to foster an optimal relationship with you in which learning will thrive. You must remember that by your tutor asking you maths questions, your tutor is making your maths lesson more learner-centred and providing you with the shared learning experience that will make your maths learning journey a favourable one. By answering the questions thrown at you by your tutor, you are also preparing yourself for the test situation whereby you are expected to answer questions.

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Answering questions is a form of learning| Source: Unsplash

The Best Mathematics Lessons

"They can teach you anything. It does not mean you will learn it." A Series of Unfortunate Events

If you learnt everything that you were taught in your maths class perfectly you would ace your maths paper. Sometimes you need to be in the mood to learn to be able to grasp something or you just need to be stimulated in order to learn. You may be the type of student who loses interest in the classroom because you just can't seem to understand how maths is applicable to real life. You also may be the type of student who prefers individual attention and needs to be reminded to focus often. A tutor can cater to your prefered learning style so as to create the best environment for you to learn.

If your tutor notices that you are getting bored of practising a certain type of sum, he or she could add an element of challenge in the lesson for you. One of the best mathematics lessons you can have is one where you are actively doing maths. Being engaged in the problem-solving process and not merely watching your teacher or peer solve a problem is the best way for you to learn.

A tutor can teach you the relevance of certain calculations by showing you how the calculations are applicable in real life. You would be more motivated to learn if you feel that the maths that you are learning will help you in the real world.

If you are still in primary school, a tutor can be creative when planning lessons for you. A tutor can rope in various creative objects to help you understand complex concepts better. By using concrete objects that may not necessarily be available in school, the tutor can bring a lesson to life. There are a variety of online sites that allow students to try out fun maths lessons, puzzles and quizzes. The best mathematics lessons for children are those that they will remember for a long time and a trip to a virtual maths circus might just do the trick. There are a variety of international online free maths books that you could also use to supplement your learning and reward yourself for working hard during your tuition class.

A good maths tutor will make the lesson exciting by letting you listen to your favourite song while you complete a page of mental maths sums, and thereafter use the duration of the song to determine how long it took you to complete all the sums.

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Are you ready for musical maths lessons? Source: Dayne Topkin-Unsplash

So, What Can a Maths Tutor Do For You?

"One of the most troublesome things in life is that what you do and do not want has very little to do with what happens to you." A Series of Unfortunate Events

As uneasy as the above quote makes you feel, you must remember that not everything that you want to happen from a tutoring relationship will happen to you.  Like every relationship, tutoring is a relationship you need to work on. The more tutorial classes you attend the more confidence you will feel when tackling complex maths problem sums. The more invested you are in bettering your results, the sooner it will be for you to achieve the results you desire. While you cannot control what happens when you sit for your next maths paper, knowing you tried your best is worth every hour spent in the presence of your tutor. Sooner or later you will see the full benefit of reaching out to a tutor to get helped in maths in the first place.

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Study sharper, be sharper| Source: Unsplash

"Are there any maths tutors near me?" If this is the question on your lips than congratulations you are already considering moving forward and trying to turning your fail mark into a pass. Finding the right tutor could have several long-term benefits from you aside from the obvious one of improving your grade.

A tutor will improve your work ethic by instilling in you the correct study methods. A tutor can identify your strengths and weaknesses in maths and work with your strengths to get you to improve.  A tutor will encourage you to take control of your own learning and help you become enthusiastic to learn more than what is expected. A tutor can provide the one-on-one attention that you may seek. Sometimes all you need is a tutor who believes in you to help you make it to your maths exam room without feeling anxious at all.

Sharpen your maths skills and you too could be the sharpest pencil in the box!

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