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Mathnasium TriMathlon, Math Olympiads, and AMC-8
Participating in math contests supports an integral part of students' learning experience. Researches and studies provide the following reasons and benefits you may want to consider to participate:
- Develop expertise through preparation and effort
- Build resillence to failure
- Stimulate curiosity and activity
- Enrich and motivate young minds through team training
- Recognize and nurture talents/problem solvers
- Equip for standardized tests
- Enhance college admission opportunity
Mathnasium of Fremont hosts Mathnasium TriMathlon and is offering math enrichment for students who want to prepare for Math Olympiads Division E and AMC-8 math contests. Contact us for more information.
|Grades 2 - 5||Mathnasium TriMathlon||1 annual contest in Nov|
|Grades 4 - 6 (Div E)||Mathematical Olympiads||5 annual contests in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar|
|Grade 7 - 8||American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC-8)||1 annual contest in Nov|
Why do children struggle with math?
Have you ever watched a foreign film without subtitles? You can usually get a good idea of what is going on, but do you really understand the point of the movie? If a student is missing key foundational math skills, it makes it very difficult to keep up in class. They feel confused and frustrated...much the same way you felt while watching that movie and not understanding the language.
Most schools treat kids the same because it is assumed that all kids learn the same way and at the same rate. The teachers are expected to cover vast amounts of material in a short period of time, not to mention the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System testing. If your child doesn't get a chance to master a skill for whatever reason – that's too bad. Teachers must move quickly to stay “on schedule". As a result, we see too many kids fall behind in math.
What happens next? The class moves on! Here come multiplication facts, fractions, percentages, decimals, mixed numbers, exponents, ratios, x=?, divisibility rules, algebra, geometry, equations. It never slows down so your child can catch up! They feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, and all alone! They begin to expect and accept failure as the "new normal" and think "I'm just not good in math!" They lose all confidence in themselves and all of their other grades begin to suffer.
Is it any wonder why you have to fight with them to do their homework? With many kids, it is easier for them to fight you and not do the work than to put the effort into it only to see failure again. After a while, it just doesn't seem worth the effort for them.
Will a private one-on-one tutor work?
Unfortunately, in most cases a private tutor is a temporary fix for a long term problem. Private tutors only help children "survive" tonight's homework, but they don't address underlying issues. In most cases, private tutoring is not going to be a meaningful long term solution. Your child deserves to have that long-term impact in their math education!
How is Mathnasium different?
Great Question! The very first thing we do is give your child a skills assessment. We give them both a written and oral assessment so that we can get a deep understanding of not only what they know, but how they think!
We sit down with them, put them at ease, and give them an assessment that doesn't feel too easy or too hard. Most importantly, we find out HOW THEY LEARN! Then we build their trust by giving them a few ideas and strategies that they can use immediately. We then build a customized learning plan that targets skill gaps and quickly shows them success. In many cases “success” in math is something they have been craving!
Why is confidence in math important?
It's not just important, It's critical! Kids need to see that they can do the work so that they can feel confident! This fresh, new confidence will spill over to many other areas of your child's life. At this point you will start to see peace at home! You won't be having to fight with them to do homework. Not only will they have the confidence and the skills to attack it but they'll start bringing home better grades from school. How do we know this? Because we have seen it over and over again with hundreds of our students!
Are you doing one-on-one tutoring?
Another great question! Our instructors are not just average math tutors. We have brilliant, engaging, inspiring math experts that work one on one with your child long enough to get them started and make sure they understand what to do. Then the instructor steps back and lets your child work independently to give them the time to process this new information without the pressure and stress of being watched. It also prevents a "learned helplessness" where the student feels that they need the instructor sitting in front of them all the time in order to be successful.
Our instructors quickly come back after a minute or two in order to make sure they are doing the problems correctly, give them encouragement, and praise them for their efforts! If the student needs more help we simply teach the lesson again in a different way without judgment or ridicule until they "get it." This enables your child to become a "confident, independent learner."
How does Mathnasium address Common Core?
With the actualization of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics varying from classroom to classroom and access to sample standardized test questions being limited, it may seem difficult to know how to help prepare students for what they will encounter in the classroom and on homework and tests. The Mathnasium Method with its Assessment and personalized Learning Plan supports the Common Core Standards' framework and guiding principles of focus, coherence, and rigor for math instruction and learning. While it is not our intention to be strictly "aligned" with the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), our support for those Mathnasium students in Common Core classrooms is unwavering.
We teach for understanding of core concepts. For example, before a child is introduced to multiple ways to do division in school, a Mathnasium student will already grasp the fundamental concept of division: how many groups of this can fit into that? We introduce division the following way -- If you have 15 candy bars and each classmate will be given 3, how many classmates can get candy bars? At Mathnasium, we have the student form groups of candy bars with 3 in each group. Then, they figure out how many groups of 3 fit into the total number of 15. Seems simple, right? How can a student successfully navigate the many different ways to do division until they understand the concept of division?
In many cases, we see students coming in with their homework without the fundamental knowledge of the concepts. The Common Core based curriculum often works on the assumption that if you show students multiple techniques, the concept will come to them by means of working through each of these different ways to solve the problem. But, we see real frustration with this type of approach and, at Mathnasium, we strive to instill basic fundamentals first so that the student can go forward and work with their school curriculum. Again, this "assumption of prior knowledge" is pervasive throughout, whether it is an elementary student dealing with multiple ways to solve fraction problems or an Algebra student who doesn't understand how to subtract positive and negative integers.
We sincerely hope that this explnation helps you understnad how our supplementary curriculum at Mathnasium can give students the basic fundamentals needed to deal with today's school challenges.