Mathnasium of Scottsdale's Top 5 Moments!

Apr 22, 2023 | Scottsdale

1. Our favorite “aha!” moment with a student.

A: Cake Method with Factors. Sometimes, they've been learning LCM for a long time but make the breakthrough with the Cake Method.

2. A time when a student earned a reward.

A: Students feel the most rewarded when they are pushed throughout their session and efficiently more through their hard work till the end of their time. If the student was, against their "will", pushed till their game time, they feel excellent, as well as, when they finish number of the day consistently and quickly.

3. Positive parent experience.

A: The parent, in my limited experience, is most impressed when there is a mixture of the following two points: A. if the student was challenged, stuck with it, and accomplished something. B. if the student felt their questions were answered and their social needs were met. Sometimes, a student is just looking for attention and they leave better off if they don't get that attention. These are rare cases but happen sometimes.

4. Favorite ways to teach concepts.

A: I like to teach in a way where I first employ direct teaching. A method where I solve the problem myself in front of the student. And it is also important to make sure to stick with that student in order to see if they can do it themselves. Only at this point is it ok to tell them to try it themselves and move on. Periodically checking the students progress is also important. Sometimes, the student will give up too quickly and this methodology gives leverage in that I can say that they will have to be able to solve it themselves. This increases attention.

5. A time when a student scored well on a test.

A: Often, this kind of feedback is rare. Especially for me as I move around centers often. However, in the cases where a student has come to me to tell me that they did well on a test as a direct result of my tutoring, it is one of the most rewarding experiences.