Frequently Asked Questions
Schools use a cookie-cutter approach, giving most children the same lessons. Tutoring, on the other hand, provides individualized attention.
By giving your child individual attention, I can help in a number of ways.
I can help your child:
Contact me to schedule a lesson. You may also schedule a 15-minute free phone consultation through my automated scheduler.
My fee is $60 per hour. I'll meet you at the location of your choice (within five miles of zip code 91101), either your home or a public place like a library or coffee shop.
I have a strong affinity for math, having taught myself competition math in high school and finishing in the top 100 students nationwide. I got my Bachelor of Science degree from Caltech and worked for NASA for 16 years.
But lots of tutors are good at math. What's different about me is that I understand how the human mind learns and solves difficult problems. In 2007, I trained for 500 hours in the application of mindfulness to education, and I've spent 10 years using what I learned to teach myself and other people new things about math, computer science, art, and music.
There are a number of things that make Path to Math Clarity different:
Yes. Many of my approaches, like the ones below, can be applied to other subjects:
Schools reinforce the “One Right Way” myth. You child may think they’re supposed to respond to every question by searching hard in their memory for the correct procedure or answer. This prevents them from seeing math as a creative, empowering activity.
In addition, schools apply pressure to get good grades, which can cause a child who’s already anxious about math to get overwhelmed and shut down.
With my gentle, affirmative approach, your child will quickly realize that they already have many good and useful thoughts about math. I take the pressure off. They can make wrong guesses and answers while we work together, as long as we keep learning from them and get the right answer in the end.
All math knowledge is based on classes that came before. If your child has deficiencies, it simply won’t be possible to review months or years of missing concepts in a short time.
But there is a positive side to this story. Most children know lots of math somewhere inside, even if they can’t immediately recall it when they’re nervous. Even one session can give your child a confidence boost. This may help them perform better on an upcoming test.
If your child is nervous, excited, or feeling shame or confusion, these are all body states as well as mind states. They will impact how your child functions.
Mindfulness teaches that fighting or struggling with unpleasant feelings doesn’t work. They just get more unpleasant. If your child is experiencing a difficult body state, I can reassure them that it’s completely normal and not something to be afraid of. I can teach your child how to calm themselves by maintaining a sense of contact with their body and with their support from the ground.
My methods, such as teaching by affirmation and approaching problems creatively, are just as useful for advanced students. I enjoy teaching every kind of student and making it a pleasant experience for them.
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