"Most people don't like math. This makes doing it almost impossible. There are usually a few reasons for this: bad experience at school, never seeing the purpose, people withholding the whole picture for later development and never coming back to it because of tests and such.
I start by finding the main culprit to this distress, and start solving problems for the student. Not math problems, but base problems in their understanding. After some skill building and drilling on the right areas we mov"