The teaching staff is comprised of experienced High School Teachers. Many other places higher part time employees who may have gotten good grades in school but have no teaching credentials. Everyone here is engaging, fun, and great at what they do. They know how to reach students and get them excited about math. Our main strategy is to pre-teach lessons on the material students will be seeing in their high school math classes. Extra help sessions are offered for homework help, help with projects, and to get caught up if you’ve had trouble with a past topic. We created professional classrooms. Unlike after school franchise businesses, there are no franchise owned workbooks and no nationwide systems to force students into. We cover the school district’s actual high school math curriculum. That also means no silly colorful logos, no elementary student sized desks, and no embarrassment for high school students having to sit at small desks next to younger kids learning arithmetic. Lastly, compare our monthly membership fees to places like Mathnasium, Huntington Learning Center, and similar learning franchises. Finally, what we offer costs less than $19 per hour of instruction.
We love math and truly get excited by it. Our teachers have a passion for helping students seeing how what is covered in the math curriculum works. There is nothing as rewarding as helping others and in our business, our focus is on helping students understand math. But it goes beyond that. We help students understand that their ability to do math is within their reach and they can be successful. When students get better grades, that’s good, but when they leave a class communicating confidently that they understand what we’ve cover, we get the best reward any teacher can hope for.
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We develop a plan to help a new student get caught up if they have had trouble in math class already. We do this by meeting with the new student, looking at their notebooks, and looking at their graded math tests they took in class. With the student’s and parent or guardian’s permission, we contact the math teacher at school to get some insight and go from there. Remember, our teachers know the high school math curriculum well enough to be aware of what was already covered during the past marking periods. Simultaneously, we get new students going right away in regularly scheduled classes that are previewing the materials their school teachers are going to be covering. This gives them an immediate dose of confidence in their ability to improve their grades.
Our Lead teacher holds a BA degree in Mathematics Education and a MS degree in Educational Computing. He also has 75 additional credit hours of coursework ranging from teaching while using hands on manipulatives to helping with students with special needs. He has intensive experience aligning lessons with state curricula and addressing changes in state testing and graduation requirements. He has over 22 years of teaching experience and uses a keen sense of humor and life experiences to make connections with students. His classes are always engaging.
Fees are based on a monthly membership. Students generally attend two classes per week for what we already described as pre-teaching the upcoming lessons and extra help. We also offer ACT Prep classes at a fraction of what others charge. In general, students pay less than $19.00 per hour of expert instruction. Our pricing policy is to charge lower fees during months with week-long school vacations. We have specials and offer sales through school fundraisers that help us reach new student-customers and help our local school district. Please check our website, www.740Math.com.
I would make sure they make a good connection with you as a student. You have to work with someone you like spending time with. Let’s face it. You probably are not thrilled with math so it would be even more torturous to work with a tutor who has bad breath and you don’t like- even if they are great at math. The plan of action you choose has to be affordable and a give you a great return for your time and money. The tutor or after school program teacher should know what’s happening in your classroom. That means they need to be experienced with the curriculum and the state tests.
The questions you have for them are not as important as your honesty with them about your needs. If you have bad habits, like not doing homework- be honest. Let them help you address that. If you have test anxiety- Be honest. Let them help you with strategies to help you. If you have trouble reading, hearing, concentrating, attendance…. These are all things you can get help with. And of course, when talking to a perspective tutor or teacher at an afterschool program, make sure they are able to speak to how they will help you.