Hi there! It's Veronika, Your Maths Tutor.

It's been just a couple of months since I've finally started my own Instagram page Your Maths Tutor full of funny maths memes and some other maths scribbles, tricks and so on.

I very much appreciate the enormous interest in my Insta page and I'm very much grateful for every single follower I have there. It shows me that so many of you find maths interesting or funny or just like to interact with maths in your free time - that's absolutely fabulous!

On the other hand, the huge interest in my Instagram activities started bringing way too many peculiar messages that I just can't keep answering all over every single time one lands in my inbox.

So, I decided to give you a brief guide on the most common questions and my likely answers to them. If you've got to this page through the link I've sent you in the message, please read through as your answer is somewhere here =)

This saves me time so I can do more maths stuff as I'm a busy bee - and I'm sure you all appreciate it more than if I'd be buried under a ton of messages answering repeatedly to every single one.

Let's get the list then:

1) Hi [nothing more]

Well, hi to you back =)

2) [throws some random maths question]

I'm not WolframAlpha to spit out a calculation as you wish. Starting with "Hi, may I please ask you..." will more likely get you an answer from me.

3) Hi, may I ask you a question?

Sure, just ask, you don't need my permission. Although bear in mind that there are types of questions that have a universal answer - see some common examples below.

4) Hi, can you help me with [throws some random maths question]

Most likely I can but most likely I won't do it for free. Please send me an email with your maths enquiries so we can discuss it further.

5) What's your name?

You should know my name by now if you've read this article from the beginning. Also, a good hint is the email address that I have out there as my preferred way of communication about maths enquiries.

6) Where are you from?

This is quite irrelevant, what matters possibly more is what curriculum I'm used to teaching. It's the English and Scottish national curricula I teach most of the time as I live in the UK.

7) Can you post this meme? [sends random meme]

If I like it and it's maths-related or at least teaching-related, I may post it. I don't post all memes even if I may like them if I don't feel that they would be a good fit for my page.

8) [asks a silly question]

Think again about whether you really need to know my age, my relationship status, what did I have for dinner and if I ever cry. If you really need to know, then I'm sorry, but you'll have to live without the answer.

9) Can we be friends?

I'm in default *friendly* with everyone. But I don't see a way to become a friend with a random person over the internet who I don't know at all. Do you?

10) [keeps throwing random questions and messages unrelated to maths, teaching or anything relevant that makes sense]

I'm sorry, try to read this guide again.

So, this is what I need to deal with from time to time and I just can't keep up. As I said, I'm very much grateful for every single one of you who appreciates what I do and I do like to interact with all of you - but please, let's keep it relevant, professional and reasonable =)