The Secret to Creating "Aha!" Moments in Math

Jan 31, 2021 | Thousand Oaks

"Lightbulb!"

"Aha!" 

"I got it!"

"It clicked!"

"Eureka!"

This is what parents everywhere want to hear their kids say.

"Aha!" moments indicate that the student understands a concept, sometimes after lots of effort.  Your child's face might light up, or you might even see a huge grin appear. Underneath, the brain is also celebrating and makes physical changes. 

Thousand Oaks Aha

In a recent article from Medical News Today, we learn that the nucleus accumbens becomes particularly active in the basal forebrain, triggering a dopamine release. This process gives the student a feeling of intense joy and relief. For more on what happens to the brain while studying math, look here.

Math tutors agree that "Aha!'' moments improve confidence, or self-belief, in your math student. And when self-belief increases, so do results. To learn more, see a recent article from SingTeach here.  

Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks specializes in creating "Aha" moments. Here's how:

  • Guided practice! Our specialized math instructors teach for understanding! We expect our students to fully learn a concept, not just be able to repeat it back to us. At Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks, we take our time, we offer consistency, and we will give your student our best effort. 

  • We have a clear "no spoonfeeding" policy, which means that our Mathnasium instructors never give answers out. Rather, they help your student arrive to the answer. That way the student can feel their own success.        

The results of our Mathnasium Method are hard-won "Aha!" moments, and a deeper understanding of math. Larry Martinek, the creator of the Mathnasium Method, sums it up like this:

“It's pretty easy to forget things you memorize and near impossible to forget things you understand.”

Parents are noticing too, 

"My son has had a fantastic experience at Mathnasium. His grade in math has improved significantly and his confidence and motivation has soared." -A.S.

 

Let's get your child started on a path of "Aha" moments and deeper understanding today! Call Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks to get started.