One thing I discover often is that students might be making life harder for themselves by using the wrong tools.
Think about what is in your pencil case. It is ironic when students whose parents will pay for tuition, saved a couple of quid on buying a cheaper, much less user-friendly, calculator.
The best calculator is the Casio Classwiz – this is particularly useful for A level maths, but is also very good for GCSE. A cheaper alternative is the Casio FX 85 -GT. This is an excellent choice for GCSE maths, but does not have the additional features that are useful for A level.
To nurture a love of maths, it’s good to read a few books on the more fun parts of the subject that get sidestepped in the goal-oriented narrow world of exams.
Finding suitable online help is also helpful, when homework is hard, or the teacher’s explanation didn’t quite gel. This is a good way to teach the lesson of self-motivation.