Since 2008, I have helped students succeed in mathematics through my private tutoring practice dedicated exclusively to the subject. I think an hour would be appropriate for a students below grade 6, based on their attention span and mental stamina at those ages. For students grade 6 and above, on the other hand, it has been my experience that 1 hour is usually not enough time to cover an assignment or review an exam. A session lasting 2 hours tends to be too long, even for adults, because due to fatigue for the subject matter. Therefore, the majority of my tutoring sessions last for 1.5 hours (or 90 minutes). If the amount of learning during a tutoring session could be graphed as a function of the length of the tutoring session, we could expect to see a normal distribution (bellshaped curve) that peaks at 1.5 hours. Assuming that a 1.5 hour session is more effective than a session lasting 1 or 2 hours, a student may be able to get the same results from a single session of 1.5 hours per week, than from two 1 hour sessions per week. This can save students and parents an extra trip to the library for tutoring each week, as well as the difference between paying for 1.5 hours rather than 2 hours. Another advantage that 1.5 hours has compared to 2 hours is that students have homework in other subjects to move on to after a math tutoring session lasting 1.5 hours.
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Mr. Ken Marciel
