Math Tutoring or Math Coaching

Tutoring is good and Coaching is good, but Math Tutoring & Coaching is best. Here’s why.

Tutors usually teach, or re-teach, content. Examples include how to regroup when subtracting and how to remember the amendments to the Constitution for a test on Friday. Whenever possible, a good tutor will also attempt to make the content relevant, by connecting it with other content with which the student can personally relate.

Coaches basically help students learn how to learn. By focusing on the process of learning as opposed to re-teaching content, students learn invaluable life-long skills and strategies.

Here are some examples:

* Note-taking skills
* Organization strategies
* Reading comprehension
* Study skills
* Task analysis
* Test-taking strategies
* Motivation techniques
* Planning strategies
* Reflection techniques

Interestingly, by design, coaching leads to independence, or at least, less dependence on the coach.

In school, because of the curriculum demands, teachers usually just teach; that’s all they have time to do. Similarly, tutors tend to just teach, because that is the routine they use in their classrooms. (Interestingly, this explains why most children get so little out of the after school extra help; it is usually a repeat of the same lesson they didn’t get during class.)

Skillful, experienced educational professionals are both coaches and tutors. And, they have the judgment and experience to know the perfect amount of each to apply to each situation.

So, at times they teach, at times they coach, but most of they time they skillfully do both. This is the philosophy behind our company motto, “…tailored to your child’s needs and your busy schedule.”


  1. Olivia Sanchez says:

    Hi Dr. Silbert, I am already a senior citizen and that would not be a problem if I had not decided to finish my undergraduate studies at this late time in my life. Being a good student with B’s in all classes except for intermediate algebra, in fact, I have been taking it for 2 years and I still can’t pass even the quizzes. Now my college says I have to do it again. Take another class in algebra. How many more times do I do it and have to go through all the humiliation of failure over and over again. It is a nightmare. My college tells me I have to pass Intermediate Algebra with a C or better. I am wondering if I might have Dyscalcula. I have been having trouble in math my whole life. Every PTA meeting with my parents and always the bad news from my math instructors. What do I do? I would like to find out if I do have it.

    • Dr. Linda Silbert says:

      Talk to a college counselor. If that doesn’t help I’d go the Dean’s office about this matter. The college should be able to provide help for you. Whether you have dyscalculia or not, the fact remains that you need help in algebra.

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