Mathnasium 141 W Northwest Hwy, Palatine IL 60067 (847) 496-4373   palatine@mathnasium.com

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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 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. 

 
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.

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.

 
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.

 

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!

 

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Does Mathnasium Really Work?
 

Yes! Quite well.

Parents roll their eyes when I tell them about how kids work at Mathnasium because they think of the Math help they got back in school… So I’ll just say - don't take our word for it -

Read our Parent Reviews

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."

 

 

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Where are your child’s math skills?

Both you and your child can take our interactive quizzes to see how much you remember! What grade are they in?


 

 

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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 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

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

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, we use proprietary curriculum that ensures math learning is lighthearted and fun as well as thorough. You can also find ways of incorporating math 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 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.

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