Understand that real results take time, and different students progress at different rates
Have an open-minded attitude to online tutoring
Have both the parent and teen believe that tutoring will be beneficial
Keep a consistent schedule throughout the school year
Start the inquiry process by asking "how much do you charge?"
Look for tutors on the basis of low cost
Expect a level of progress in grades or ability that is unrealistic for your teenager
Believe that the student won't learn well because we're online
Have a parent that believes tutoring is beneficial but a teenager that disagrees
Believe that skipping sessions has no effect on learning
My superstar student DOES
My superstar student DOESN'T
demonstrate personal responsibility for learning
complete the required homework with care, if given
understand that your tutor is experienced and making decisions in your best interest when it comes to learning math
follow instructions as best as possible
Expect to be spoonfed, ask for a chapter summary, ask questions a calculator can answer, ask "can you teach me the assignment?" etc.
Leave the homework until the day it is due, by which point what was learned last session is now a blur
Ignore advice about how to handle a type of problem, continue to do it his or her own way, then wonder why it was so long, complicated, and wrong. Or, argue with me if I peg mastery level to be lower than what the student thinks it is.