The XYZ’s of Math

originalAs math tutors we will often ask new students if they know of or can provide an example of a particular concept. Usually the response is a resounding no. So when we start to demonstrate an example, then some students perk up and can actually can articulate some knowledge about how to solve the problem.

Some may say well yes that is because you are only asking students who attend tutoring and thus are behind in math skills. This is actually not the case. As we have a variety of students at different levels of mathematical maturity this is a common thread. If you are parent with a student 6th grade or older give them a verbal quiz.

What is an integer?

What is a factor?

What is a divisor?

If your student has trouble explaining these concepts or at the very least cannot provide and example then they have a math gap.

So what is this gap? Math Vocabulary!

This is not anyone in particular’s fault. As it goes math is primarily number intensive. This leaves students with the sense that the names and definitions just aren’t as important as knowing how to solve the problem. While yes solving the problem is important, we strive for our student’s at Math Corner to have balance. Not only should they know how to solve the problem, they should also be able to interpret meaning, give examples, explain why certain methods are better than others. Students who do not have this balance will often under perform when it comes to standardized tests such as ACT and SAT.

Since we discovered so many students with this same gap we decided to create a workshop/seminar to give students tools and techniques to study math vocab.

Will the students spend an hour and half making FlashCards?     NO!

We at Math Corner have been researching various techniques, methods and games to make the study process an inviting  possibly fun exercise. We will be sharing these methods with your student and giving them a chance to try them out and see what works for them. Also we will be giving them a list of vocabulary they should know for their grade level, so they can get to work using these techniques right away to increase their math fluency.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop please click the link below.

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Look out End of Course results on their way

End of Course exams are the replacement graduation requirement to the proficiency exam. There are two separate math portions called Math 1 and Math 2.

We have been spending a lot of time in the past year focusing on student preparation for the new End of Course Exams including launching our EOC Prep Program / Bootcamp and more.  This upcoming year EOC prep will begin in October to ensure students are solid on 1st semester material without having to rush.   Results should be appearing on students’ infinite campus this week and mailed results will come out later this month.  To access the results on infinite campus follow the below instructions.
1.  Login to Infinite Campus and choose the appropriate student from the tab (if more than one CCSD student)
2.  Click the Academic Progress tab on the left toolbar
3.  For grade information, click Semester 2 tabs for Algebra and Geometry respectively (if there’s no Geometry tab, it will be located in a more general Mathematics tab).  The survey needs second semester grades for both classes.
4.  On the same Academic Progress tab, look further down for Test Requirements which should contain a tab for EOC Math 1 and Math 2 (separate tabs).  Clicking the plus sign will show the data if available (this years scores may not yet be available).  Please note the Scaled Score and level for each.

What’s your ACT score?

Here is a link to a recent article showing many Nevada High School students are not college ready based on their ACT score.

Article on ACT scores

At Math Corner we offer Practice ACT (Math portion only) tests. We give a simulated test environment so students can get used to time constraints. See our events page on EventBrite (linked below) if you are interested in attending.

Math Corner’s practice math ACT

 

 

Fall Q&A at Math Corner

When can I stop by to find out information about fall programs?

Right now! We are open Monday-Thursday from 1pm to 7:30pm. Also, we will be hosting a FREE back to school open house Sunday August 20th from 5pm-7pm. Mark your calendars!

What do I need to do to ensure my students starts the school year in the right direction for their math class?

Fill out our Fall Commitment form and place a $100 deposit to secure your spot at Math Corner. Program offerings, day and time preferences can be filled out on the back of the form. The form is due by July 27th for priority scheduling and can be submitted in person during our business hours or scanned back to us.

We will also be requiring all parents to execute a new Studio Policy which will be sent after we receive your Fall Commitment form and must be executed by August 20th (after first week of school and the day of our Back to School event).

Who is the new assistant? 

We would like everyone to welcome Rachel as our new assistant. She has been a student at Math Corner for the past two years (since we first opened at the old location) and is now attending UNLV. Please feel free to drop off forms and/or payments with Rachel. Rachel can also verify scheduled sessions times / days and give other basic information about programs and upcoming events.  If there is a question she cannot answer, she will relay it to Chris and ensure you receive a prompt reply if he’s not immediately available.

What are the changes to F.A.S.T for this school year?

In order to offer more FAST options throughout the week we instituted a duration change from seventy-five minutes to one hour. We feel this will have minimal to no impact as most students completed their homework within an hour last year anyway.  FAST will remain $150 per month.

What are the changes for private sessions this school year?

We continue to offer private session in packages.

Secant (formerly known as the GOLD package) is now  $370.

Tangent (formerly known as the Silver package) is now $190.

This increase in price is necessary as Math Corner is now offering more services for its clients.

Private lessons are still fifty-five minutes in duration and monthly packages will be prorated as they were before.

My student attends an online charter school, has your program changed?

Yes. We are now requiring a note-taking session prior to each private session to ensure the student is watching all of the appropriate videos and taking notes from the teacher provided resources prior to their session.  This is simulating the class environment in which all students have had the opportunity to explore the subject prior to working with the tutor.  If students do not attend their note taking session, the accompanying private session will be forfeited.  We are very serious about this new program to improve the progress of students attending these programs and students not dedicated to actively using that note taking time may not be renewed in the upcoming months.

For this first pilot year, there is no charge for the note taking session which will take place in our office prior to each session (unsupervised).  We are making this change as it is necessary to ensure students have accessed the teacher provided resources (lectures, notes, etc.) prior to class in a manner somewhat representing a classroom lecture setting.

Without this amendment to our policy, students coming to Math Corner each session without accessing any of the course material would be equivalent to a traditional student missing an entire week of class and expecting to catch up on all homework, fully understand all topics and prepare for tests in 2-3 hours per week.  This is unrealistic and leads to students not proficient in the material.  We wish better for all of our students which led to the institution of this new program.

My student will be taking Geometry Honors or Algebra II Honors at Arbor View, are you still offering supplemental instruction for those specific courses?

Yes.  We have adjusted the time to 6-7:15pm and the days to Monday – Wednesday to allow more students to arrive on time and to align with the exams being given often on the longer Thursday block periods.  The cost will remain $250 per month as it was last year.  This program is the most beneficial option in town for these to classes as we are intimately familiar with how they operate and constructed this program specifically to meet the needs of students in these challenging courses.

Summer Q&A

Now that the school year is over, we are getting many calls and email inquiries from new parents asking questions about our summer programs. To make things easier for everyone, here is a brief Q&A of the most frequently asked questions about summer so far. If you have specific questions not answered in this post, please send us a private message, call or stop by during our business hours.

Q: Am I too late to sign up for summer?
A: No. We have one week and multi-week camps with scheduling options starting in July.

Q: What ages of students do you have programs for?
A: Entering 3rd grade through Calculus. We have different tutors specializing in different areas. See this link for a breakdown of most of our summer offerings or contact us directly for a recommendation for your individual student’s situation.

https://mathcornerlv.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/summer-camps/

Q: How is your program compared to XYZ franchise math center?
A: Completely different. Most of those centers operate on a test/worksheet model. We offer small group, interactive activity-based camps that students truly enjoy! We also offer private custom skill building and Kickstart preparation for high school students through AP Calculus. Learn these harder topics from instructors with the highest level of expertise and relatability.

Q: Am I required to sign a contract for X months or pay a registration/testing fee to start?
A: No. Students love coming here and parents like the results and progress their students make, so we don’t need contracts to keep people here. We let you choose each month (or camp) if you feel we are the best fit for your child.

Q: Do you offer private sessions during the summer to help with summer school?
A: Yes. We have a number of students doing credit retrieval, retaking for a better grade or getting ahead on classes.

Q: What is the cost of your summer camps?
A: Camps range from $250 – $400 for the scheduled camps. We are also offering a $50 multi-camp discount to families looking to enroll siblings or one student in multiple camps. Private sessions for skill building or summer school are charged on a per session basis depending on the number of sessions booked.

Q: What is the qualification of your staff?
A: The two center owners are instructors at UNLV with math degrees and almost all staff is either teaching at or completing degrees at UNLV. We pride ourself on creating an environment that students want to participate in and our number 1 goal is to improve student confidence. Every program we offer we created in house to directly meet the needs of students in our area. We’re not a franchise so we can adapt, improve and add programs specific to our local students as needed to continue to improve the experience our students receive here.

Q: I want my child to work on math skills, but I can’t commit to any camps due to vacations or work schedules. Do you have anything that can help?
A: We have a small retail section (Math Corner Store) which we carry some great math products that we use at the center to help students practice math facts. Most items are $10-$20 and our number one seller is the Learning WrapUps which are a fun way to practice skills that can be done on the go or at home.

The Math Corner Store

Summer will be here before we know it! On top of the fun summer camps Math Corner offers, we also have other ways to keep your kids engaged over the summer. A newer addition to the center is the Math Corner Store! We sell plenty of fun study tools and games for students from elementary to middle school grade levels.

One of the more popular items we sell is the Wrap Up. They are a simple, yet fun tool that can help a student practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions! The Wrap Ups offer a unique way to help students memorize math facts, as  you wrap the string from the problem on the left to the answer on the right, then simply turn them over to see if you got the correct answer. These are also very portable! You can take them with you on your vacations this summer, whether it be a road trip, a flight, or even a boating trip!

Other items we sell include:

  • Flash cards for several different math topics
  • Fraction towers
  • Geometry folder (includes a red pen, a highlighter, a compass, a protractor, and graph paper)
  • whiteboard bundle (includes a whiteboard, expo markers, and an eraser)
  • Geometric shapes
  • The Zoom Game

To avoid forgetting all the things you learned this school year, keep your math skills current by practicing with one of these tools this summer.

You can see these items on display at our location during our hours of operation.

Spring Break

Math Corner will be closed from April 7th through April 16th for Spring Break. We will reopen with our normal hours on April 17th.

If you have any questions or concerns over the break you can email us at themathcornerlv@gmail.com.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Spring Break!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.O.C. Bootcamp

With high school proficiencies being a thing of the past, students now must pass End of Course (EOC) Exams. Students must take four end-of-course exams to graduate. These exams include algebra I, geometry, reading and writing. The soonest offerings of this exam is April 24th.

Here are the four W’s to the EOC Exam:

Who: Algebra & Geometry Students

What: Spring Break Bootcamp

Math Corner has created programs focusing specifically on the math sections of the EOC Exam. These programs are for students currently in Algebra and Geometry, who understand the concepts from class but need practice applying those concepts in a more challenging problem set. This program is a small group format aimed at increasing students exposure to EOC type questions.
When: Monday April 10th through Wednesday April 12th from 3-6p.m.

Why: Students need exposure to the challenging EOC problems as many teachers are not focusing their classroom activities to relate to these

Sign up by emailing themathcornerlv@gmail.com or call us at (702)405-9900. The last day to sign up is Thursday April 6th.