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    9 low-cost alternatives to hiring a math tutor Does your child struggle with math? With private math tuition prices running from $50 - $100 per hour (higher than for other subjects), and many companies spreading their franchises across every town, it can be difficult to decide how exactly to get the most help for your child without running up huge bills. However, specialist math tuition doesn't need to be expensive.

    One important point: Try to choose a method that suits your child's learning style. If they like individual attention, then don't send them to a crowded math center. If your child doesn't like you helping them with homework, then at-home options might not work well, either. Whichever method you use to support your child's math, remember consistency is the key. Adding in some extra daily or weekly math practice will work better than cramming in lots of information once a month. Check out these 9 low-cost alternatives to hiring an expensive math tutor ...

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    Paid online math programs

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Paid online programs such as Aleks offer technology which tracks your child's progress and presents them with individualized and tailored lessons. Math-Whizz also offers interactive graphics. On the site, your child is given an avatar and virtual environmentto customize with items won while working through the math exercises. Math-Whizz has a free five-lesson trial and Aleks allows you to test out their software for free for a limited time.

    Estimated cost: starting at $20 per month
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    Free online math programs

    How to get past the excuses and start working outKhan Academy is the most well known of the free online math programs. Salman Khan's website has thousands of math videos along with multiple choice questions to test each lesson, but it's been criticized for offering standard "chalk and talk" lessons in contrast to more interactive, child-centered teaching methods. If you're able to match the 10,000 math videos to the topics your child is or will be studying and are organized enough to set up a home study schedule, then Khan Academy is a good free online alternative.

    Estimated cost: free
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    Budget online math programs

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Online math programs such as Ten Marks and IXL don't have the high-tech graphics of the more expensive online math programs. What you do get are text, videos, and questions lined up with state standards as well as your child's ability. The budget online programs even have parent dashboards so that it's easy to keep track of your child's progress, including periodical emails of updates on your child's improvement through the program.

    Estimated cost: from $10 a month
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    How to get past the excuses and start working out Go to your local bookstore, search online booksellers, or ask your child's teacher for a math workbook that's suitable for your child's math level. Choose a book that offers plenty of diagrams and explanations. It's often better to choose a workbook that starts at an easier level than your child's ability in order to fill in the gaps in their knowledge and to boost their confidence. Set aside 10 minutes each day to go through an exercise with your child.

    Estimated cost: free - $20
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    Tuition centers

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Math tuition centers such as Kumon, and Mathnasium offer weekly programs designed to accomodate large numbers of students, instead of one-on-one tutoring. Materials are usually supplementary to a full math curriculum and have explanations of concepts built in to the materials. The ratio of teachers/assistants to students is around 1:20 at Kumon. These programs will usually only cover work thats strictly within their own curriculum, meaning your child won't be able to take their own schoolwork.

    Estimated cost: from $75 a month
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    Parent tutor swap

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Got a skill you could share with children or parents? As a math teacher, I've often traded a few hours of math tuition for a few hours of language tuition for my own kids. Ask around your parenting circles if there are any parents in your community willing to tutor your child in math in exchange for cooking lessons, sports coaching, computing lessons, or whatever skill you're able to offer.

    Estimated cost: free
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    Speak to your child's teacher

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Your child's teacher is unlikely to have time to tutor your child, and some schools have policies that forbid teachers tutoring students that they teach. However, most teachers won't mind spending time at the end of a lesson or during recess helping your child with specific math questions. Your child's school might also run a math club, which can also offer support and enrichment after class.

    Estimated cost: free
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    Search the Internet

    How to get past the excuses and start working out Sometimes, your child understands a topic, and it's only one tricky question in the exercise that is causing him problems. If the question stumps you as well, try turning to the Internet for the answer. Type key sections of the question into Google using quote marks and you're likely to find that someone else has posted the same question on a Q&A website and has found a solution. If that doesn't work, brush up on your math skills by searching for a quick rundown of the topic your child is struggling with. If you have time, post your own questions on Yahoo Answers, Ask Dr. Math, or Fiverr.

    Estimated cost: free - $5
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    Hire a student or peer tutor

    How to get past the excuses and start working out If your child needs one-on-one help, this is a good budget option. A student can mean a peer of your child's who excels in math or a local college student. Some children respond better when being taught by someone their own age and feel more comfortable asking questions. Student tutors are also more likely to remember what it's like to not understand math! Find out from your child if they have a friend who they'd like to invite over to do some math together. To find a college student, put a "tutor needed" notice up on your local college noticeboard or ask administrators in the math/science department if they can recommend a student tutor.

    Estimated cost: $10- $30 per hour; Ask your child's math teacher or other parents using tutors the average cost per hour, as the going rate may vary by region.
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