I'm a hands-on learner, myself, so I always appreciated a chance to practice what I was learning without being graded on it.
I've struggled with math my whole life. I can do arithmetic just fine, but when it came to algebra, I was completely lost. I didn't find my feet until the other algebra teacher at my school tutored me one-on-one. Somehow, she was able to communicate the concepts to me in a way I understood.
She would just have me do part of an equation until I understood it completely. Then, we would work on another part until I understood that, and then she showed me how to put it all together. But I had to be able to see how everything worked before I could wrap my brain around doing it myself.