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It's been a summer full of all kinds of fun activities. But it's now time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. Are you looking to give your child an edge in math? If so, we can help.
With Mathnasium, they'll get the personalized instruction they need to accelerate their math skills and have a successful school year from start to finish. Our expert instructors don't just teach students to memorize or calculate. They teach them to truly understand the way math works. Which is why Mathnasium students make huge strides in the classroom and become more motivated and self-assured overall.
Contact us today to find out how we can make math a bright spot in your child's school year. Plus with a Free Assessment ($100 value) you are off to a great start already!
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Math for All Levels and for Students from Elementary through High School Help
Math Homework-School Extra Help plus Covid Related Math Learning Loss Addressed
Mathnasium of Palatine has remained open throughout the pandemic and offered both online and onsite math help in a seamless, normal manner ensuring our students have kept their learning uninterrupted. We have provided math help for high school, SAT prep, help in algebra, fractions and all the problem areas that students find hard to grasp, especially middle school geometry and Common Core elementary and middle school math help. By addressing students' foundational gaps and not just work with homework, we are ensuring long term understanding and success. Call us now if your child is missing or struggling with any school related math or is looking to get ahead if they find their school curriculum notm challenging enough.
Covid-19 Update – Center is Now Open!
Our Center is open in compliance with CDC & State guidelines. Sessions will be scheduled to maintain the proper distance between students. We will also be keeping the online learning platform as a permanent part of our program.
Recent Studies are showing that this crisis is going to dramatically impact children’s math skills and in many cases cost them an entire year of progress.
Students are not a commodity and we do not take a one-size-fits-all approach. We know your child is unique, and they deserve a unique learning plan to address their personal math abilities. Thanks to our comprehensive assessment, Mathnasium of Palatine will create a customized learning plan to address your student's personal strengths or points of frustration. We then teach math in a way that makes sense to them. Working with our instructors on tutoring and homework help leads to greater confidence and success in math.
At Mathnasium, we believe every child has the ability to be successful in math. It’s just a matter of teaching math the way that makes sense to them. We’ll work with your child so they understand math and get on the path to improvement and advancement.
Our expert math tutors and instructors have a passion for helping kids in Palatine area improve their math skills and excel through our instructional programs.
How are my child's math skills?
What critical topics are covered at Mathnasium?
How are my child's math skills?
What critical topics are covered at Mathnasium?
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What critical topics are covered at Mathnasium?
Additional Math Programs
Elementary School Math Program
At Mathnasium, we know how vital learning math is in elementary school—it forms the foundation for all your child’s future math studies. To make it understandable, we take an orderly, logical approach to teaching it to your child.
We begin with computation and problem solving using whole numbers, and then move on to computation and problem solving with rational numbers—fractions, decimals, percents, and negative numbers. (Interesting fact: In math, the word “rational” comes from the mathematical term “ratio.” It has nothing to do with being reasonable.)
This foundation we give them is essential for pre-algebra and algebra, which they will encounter in middle school.
Elementary school students work one to one with our instructors in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises. These do more than just meet state math standards, they surpass the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards.
Beyond teaching students all-important math concepts and skills, our special program helps them build number sense by showing them just how numbers work. As it progresses, students get more and more comfortable with numbers. We call this numerical fluency—the ability for elementary school kids to effortlessly recall addition and subtraction facts—a valuable asset when they face upcoming challenges in math.
Each child is evaluated with a written and verbal assessment unique to Mathnasium. Based on the assessment results, we create a custom program designed to help close educational gaps they may have and make it easier for them to jump ahead when they’re ready for advanced math challenges.
Additionally, we help children understand their school homework as part of each session, as well as help them prepare for school tests, standardized tests, and various school entrance exams.
How your elementary school child benefits—whether behind or ahead in math
- By giving your child a firm foundation—and confidence—in math, Mathnasium can keep them from falling behind in the future and help them avoid the problems and upsets that falling behind can bring.
- Elementary school students who love math and are good at it come to Mathnasium to experience areas of math typically not covered at school. The strong introduction they get helps them build the foundation for continued math success in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Middle School Math Program
In Mathnasium’s middle school program, students master computation and problem solving with rational numbers, i.e., fractions, decimals, and percents, as part of the process of algebra readiness—preparing for first-year algebra (algebra I). This creates a solid mathematical foundation for future subjects such as algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.
Middle school students engage one to one with our instructors in a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written exercises. These do more than just meet state math standards, they surpass the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards.
Basic math concepts and skills are blended with a program specifically designed to help students build number sense. This special program shows them how and why the useful number rules they’re learning work so they are able to understand how they can be applied to interesting areas such as computer science, biology, and psychology.
Students are evaluated with a written and verbal assessment unique to Mathnasium. Based on the results, we develop a custom-tailored program designed to close any educational gaps they may have so they can jump ahead when they’re ready for advanced math challenges.
Middle school math builds upon elementary math’s foundation and focuses on explaining why mathematical rules work so that children learn and understand the rules, not just memorize them.
We also help students understand their homework as part of each session and prepare them for school tests, as well as standardized tests such as high school entrance exams.
Helping Kids Catch Up in Middle School Math
Many students start middle school with gaps in their mathematical foundation. At Mathnasium, our experienced instructors work with kids to fill in those gaps while still addressing their current needs.
Helping Kids Keep Up and Get Ahead in Middle School Math
Middle school math is often when students see a split in classes, with some kids starting algebra before high school. At Mathnasium, our experienced instructors work with middle school kids to help them forge ahead in math classes. Students are given a “preview” of math concepts and lessons that they will encounter in future classes to help prepare them for high school, college, and beyond.
High School Math Program
In high school, students focus on higher math—including algebra I, geometry, algebra II, trigonometry, and pre-calculus—in preparation for high school exit exams, college placement exams, and standardized college entrance exams such as the SAT and the ACT.
By the time they reach high school, all students perform at different skill levels. To determine each student’s abilities, we give each one a written and verbal assessment unique to Mathnasium. Based on the assessment results, our team builds a customized learning plan designed to fit the student’s specific needs in two important ways—to avoid spending time on things they already know and to strengthen the things they need help on.
We understand the pressures and busy schedules our high school students face, so our focus is to help with immediate problems, such as homework help and test prep, while filling in any foundational gaps in their mathematical knowledge. The goal is to enhance their performance in the crucial exams they’ll be taking that can have a great effect on their future—high school exit exams, college placement exams, and standardized college entrance exams such as the SAT and the ACT.
High School Homework Help
Our experienced math instructors provide homework and study help that addresses gaps in knowledge. As these gaps close, students understand the material better, boost homework confidence, and raise their assignment grades. With this help, instead of seeing homework as a burden, students begin to see it as a welcome challenge and an opportunity for further learning.
Students who prepare for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, high school exit exams, and college placement exams at Mathnasium enjoy a substantial advantage over those who don’t.
We provide each student with a test prep curriculum customized to their specific needs. To assess their math skills, each student is given a math skills assessment. Based on the strengths and weaknesses identified in this assessment, we develop a personal instruction plan for the student. Working with that—and giving them practical practice in test taking—we optimize their performance. The result: enhanced results on the actual exams and a more positive step into their future.
Receive a Complimentary Math Skills Assessment For Your Student and Learn How Math Tutoring at Mathnasium Can Help Improve Their Abilities
Math instruction customized to your child’s ability, learning style, and pace
Mathnasium-trained instructors create a fun, positive, and confidence-building educational environment
Opportunity to receive homework help and assistance preparing for math tests
Strategies that develop a student’s ability to work independently
Consistent parental support in the form of progress reports and monthly updates on skills mastered
Growth-based learning plans that are continuously updated
Flexible sessions for Mathnasium members; Schedule can easily be adjusted to your needs
Face-to-Face online instruction option is also available via Mathnasium @home.
The best way to see if we are a good fit for your child’s needs is to visit our center, meet the instructors and try out our program. This is not an observation session, but a full Mathnasium Tutoring Session.
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My child already excels in math. Will Mathnasium address their needs?
Absolutely. Since Mathnasium is customized for each student, we can help advanced students who are working in advanced math progress by introducing them to more challenging math topics and giving them more depth into areas they’ve already worked on. More importantly, we can also help your child to develop even stronger numeric fluency and critical thinking skills, which are essential for continued success in math. There are many excelling students who suddenly feel the brakes when they get into advancedmath especially in terms of geometry math help or advanced algebra topics. The good thing is, we have math tuors who can address HW and provide pre-calc/ trignometry or even advanced calculus math help.
Why do children struggle with math?
If you have ever watched a foreign movie without subtitles, you can begin to understand how confused and frustrated your child may feel in math class. They just may not understand the language! If your child is missing key foundational math skills, this is exactly how they feel in math class!
In school, kids are treated the same because it’s the most efficient way for teachers to cover vast amounts of material in a short period of time. Plus, teachers are expected to prepare the kids for state standards test on top of that. If your child doesn't get a chance to master a skill for whatever reason – there is no time to give the necessary time and attention that they need. Teachers must move quickly to stay “on schedule". As a result, we see too many kids fall behind in math. They can stay after school for math tutoring, but this is ofter taught the same way. If the kids didn’t learn it in class – many don’t benefit from the in school math tutor. Mathnasium steps in to provide customized math tutoring in exactly what the students need hekping them improve math skills.
What happens next?
The class moves on! Here come multiplication facts, adding and subtracting fractions, percentages, decimals, mixed numbers, exponents, ratios, x=?, divisibility rules, algebra, geometry, equations. Math is always building on itself and never slows down so your child can catch up! This can leave them to feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, and all alone! It’s tragic if they begin to expect and accept failure as their "new normal" and think "I'm just not good in math!". The moment they lose confidence in themselves, you typically see all of their other grades begin to suffer.
Think about this the next time you have to fight with them to do their math 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. It’s a painful cycle but we can help end it for good. When kids work in a one on one setting, in addition to their math assessment scores, we can see their pain points and provide personalized math tutorials in a manner students understand.
Will a private one-on-one math tutor work?
Unfortunately, in most cases a private math tutoring is only a temporary fix for a long term problem. Private math tutors only help children "survive" tonight's homework, but they don't address underlying foundational issues. Private tutoring is expensive and is not going to be a meaningful long term solution that your child deserves so there is little value in it. However, Mathnasium of Palatine does provide private math tutorials and private math help with the understanding that the student will be doing primarily their math homework and getting help in their math homework needs.
How is Mathnasium different?
Great Question! The very first thing we do is give your child a skills assessment. It is 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 use the results to 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!
For any kid of math tutoring in Palatine, whether it's after school homework help to enable your child stay current or providing remedial math help to get students caught up, get your child the mathematics help they need to help improve math grades and skills as well as MAP scores. We teach elementary school math through middle school math, including geometry math help all the way to high school math as well as private math tutoring that you need to schedule.
Does Mathnasium Really Work?
Yes! Quite well.
We get 100's of reviews that are glowing about how struggling students come alive after at Mathnasium. Their grades increase and their confidence skyrockets! Read what your neighbors have to say about us.
Why is confidence in math important?
It's not just important, It's critical! Kids need to see that they can do problem solve 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’ll have less fights with them to do math homework. Not only will they have the confidence and the skills to attack it but they'll start bringing home better grades from school. We can speak with 100% certainty because we’ve seen with hundreds of our students!
Are you doing one-on-one math tutoring?
Our Math Instructors are not average. We have brilliant, engaging, inspiring math experts that work one on one with your child to make sure they understands what to do and how to get started. Then the instructors step back and lets your child work independently. This gives 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. [We can't be there for their math tests!]
Our instructors quickly return after a minute or two to make sure they are doing the problems correctly, give them encouragement, and praise them for their efforts! If the student needs more math help we simply teach the lesson again in a different way without judgment or ridicule until they "get it". This helps your child to become a "confident, independent learner."
If Tutoring for math to enable math enrichment, math reinforcement and math success is what you want for your child in a math center near you - It's easy to get started!
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How we roll at Mathnasium of Palatine
1. Identify the areas your child needs to work on
Create a list of improvement goals in math improvement for the upcoming year.
- Talk with your child’s math teacher and determine the areas they should improve on in the New Year.
- Identify which standardized tests are on the horizon so that your child has time to prepare.
- Schedule a comprehensive written and verbal assessment at your local Mathnasium Learning Center. Our assessment will pinpoint your child's learning needs, and our team will develop a customized learning plan with your child's goals in mind.
2. Develop an action plan
Once you’ve figured out which areas your child needs to focus study time on, it’s time to attack!
- Come up with a study plan that will address the needs of your child with input from them, their teacher, and your local Mathnasium Learning Center.
- Don’t focus on too many things at once. Make sure core competencies are addressed before skipping ahead to new topics. Your local Mathnasium team can provide guidance following your child’s assessment and implement a customized learning plan that will fill in any gaps and ensure a strong foundation of math knowledge.
3. Keep a positive attitude toward math homework and celebrate each win
It’s hard to improve in any subject when negativity clouds your experiences. Make sure your child keeps a positive attitude toward math.
- Don’t focus on past negative experiences. That last test grade was a bust? Figure out where your child went wrong, discuss it with them, then move on.
- Celebrate achievements and progress. When that first improved homework grade comes in, make sure they know how proud you are! With improvement and understanding comes confidence. It won’t be long before your child is looking forward to their math sessions!
4. Make time for math homework and math practice
Math success is heavily influenced by what happens outside the classroom.
- Make sure your child is setting aside enough time to focus on homework and math practice.
- Let them know math success is a big priority by being involved in their homework and home study time.
- Schedule frequent sessions at your local Mathnasium Learning Center so that your child is on track and getting ahead.
5. Remember to have fun!
Math can and should be fun! At Mathnasium of Palatine, we use proprietary curriculum that ensures math learning is lighthearted and fun as well as thorough. You can also find ways of incorporating mathematics into your home life so your child can practice their math skills while doing fun activities such as shopping, cooking, sports, etc. Check out our holiday activities post for a few ideas for incorporating math into home activities, and stay tuned on the Number Sense blog math website for more fun ways to practice math at home!
The Trap of Not Filling in the Gaps
Filling in those gaps is more crucial than ever before.
Please let me explain the problem of “Algebra Too Soon,” - That is, the situation where students are programmed into Algebra while lacking the knowledge necessary for success in the course. The “trap” is that students are put under such tremendous pressure to perform in their current class that they don’t have the time or the interest to acquire the “missing” knowledge, the “gaps,” that will make future success possible.
When confronted with the stark reality that genuine learning is not taking place, many students, parents, and school counselors con themselves into believing that if we can “just get past this test, this class, everything will be all right.” This is an illusion whose consequences may not manifest themselves for many years to come. Here is a quote from The Mathematics Association of America website outlining reality for far too many students.
We begin with a familiar story: “A student, we call him Tom, arrives at the University, happy to begin his college adventure. Almost immediately he is confronted with the Mathematics Placement Exam, designed to see if he is ready to enroll in a general education mathematics course (or in a creditbearing course required by his major). The results of the Placement Exam unfortunately indicate that Tom is not prepared for the course he wants, and he must instead take a developmental mathematics course. The result: he faces a delay in completing the needed mathematics course, he must take (for no credit) a course that he feels he has already taken, and to add insult to injury, he must pay an extra fee for the developmental course. Unhappiness, frustration and despair set in, the course is treated as a lowest priority (and often failed because of it), and an angry and frustrated student emerges.”
This happens thousands of times each year to students who have “passed” all of their required high school math courses, many times with good grades, only to discover that they are being placed in a “developmental math class” because they lack the knowledge and skills necessary for success with college–level math courses. Many colleges and universities are now giving students a maximum of one year (one semester in some cases) to “catch up” or else be required to leave the college or university until they are “ready” for college–level work. Not surprisingly, the curriculum of most developmental math courses is exactly the material that students and parents choose to bypass in earlier years so that the students could “get ready” for college. The “inconvenient truth” is that all of the dire warnings about a “lack of foundation being a real problem in the future” are in fact absolutely correct.
Call (847) 496-4373 for Excellent Math Tutoring Near You and Get Your Child the Success They Deserve