On Tuesday I began tutoring a new student. In January, I started a projects course and I felt that the new semester would be more demanding, so I stopped tutoring half of my students (which is why I have less tutoring stories to post about). Also, I decided that I’d only tutoring from Thursday to Sunday. Well, a few of my students decided they were ok with the new material and didn’t need tutoring and some others decided that Thursday to Sunday didn’t fit well with their schedule, so they left. I ended up tutoring fewer students than I had expected. The Thursday to Sunday restriction came because that’s when our assignments were due. Of course, the profs changed and the assignment due dates changed with them in the new year. So, I decided to take on some new students. This student was about 10 years older than me. Which was a nice change of pace. I’ve only tutored one other student who was that much older than me. It’s difficult because the material is matrix algebra that I learned in high school. He uses a calculator to multiply decimals. It’s hard to walk the line between explaining the material well enough but at the same time not simplifying it to the point of being condescending. I do feel as though the course will be getting harder somewhat to the point where it won’t seem as basic to me and it won’t seem as utterly basic to me. We’re meeting once for 3 hours every week.
22 02 2007