1. To reach students who have doubts about their math ability and show them they can do it! And not only that, they can have a rewarding experience doing it.
2. To make math more accessible to everyone by providing an extremely solid foundation in Algebraic basics & beyond
3. To empower students by teaching them how to learn, and supporting them every step of the way
4. Long term: to make this type of empowering math instruction more accessible to everyone, regardless of income or educational background.
5. Long term: to further high school and college drop-out prevention efforts by making this type of empowering math instruction available
to all students. This is critical in the early stages to identify and support younger students with a can do attitude!
Purpose of the lessons:
1. To produce results that are specific and measurable and that STICK–in each and every session, and over the course of our study together.
2. To make it fun. You learn better when you’re having a good time. Our lessons are rigorous and relaxed at the same time. I keep it light. I love what we do. We smile a lot. I will be your biggest fan. I’ll make you believe that you can do it, and before you know it you’ll be enjoying yourself, which of course means you’ll be learning better, and voila!–the upward spiral is in full effect.
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An infinite crowd of mathematicians enters a bar.
The first one orders a pint, the second one a half pint, the third one a quarter pint...
"I understand", says the bartender - and pours two pints.
Teacher: What is 2k + k?
Q: What do you get if you divide the cirucmference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi!
Q: Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach?
A: Because they have sine and cosine to get a tan and don't need the sun!
Q: Why do mathematicians, after a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, always insist on taking the leftovers home?
A: Because they know the Chinese remainder theorem!
Teacher: "Who can tell me what 7 times 6 is?"
Student: "It's 42!"
Teacher: "Very good! - And who can tell me what 6 times 7 is?"
Same student: "It's 24!"
An ounce of prevention…
If your child is struggling with fractions in 5th grade, don’t wait until 9th grade to get them help. Sometimes just a few one-on-one sessions with a skilled math tutor on a specific topic can save you years of frustration, fights, tears, poor grades and the ever-looming “I can’t do math” attitude.
I use the golden rule of setting goals: make them realistic, make them specific, and make them measurable. With me as your math tutor you WILL see results…and have fun!
If you have questions…
Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call me. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.