Many students ask, “why am I learning this?” or “why is this important?” when learning about various math concepts. The truth is, math is needed in every aspect of life, from trying to calculate a discount to managing finances to solving the next biggest physics conundrum.
However, only 16% of high school teenagers are proficient in mathematics and interested in a career in STEM. We believe one of the leading causes of this issue is a lack of exposure to quality education in the younger, more formative years and the debilitating effects of math anxiety that only increases as children grow older. As President Barack Obama said, “Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” Young students should learn that STEM, especially math, is not something to be feared but is something that can actually help them lead a more successful life. That is why, at OneInMath, we aim to teach students not only arithmetic but also how to enjoy doing math!
Here, we take the best from both classrooms and one-on-one tutoring to create an environment that is dedicated to learning math in the best way possible. We believe that every child learns differently and more importantly, at their own pace, which is why we individualize the process of learning math. The curriculum is designed to be a continuum from adding simple numbers to diving large numbers. During the first class of each session, students take a diagnostic that helps us understand how much they know and help place the student at the right place in the continuum. Every class thereafter focuses on building on what they know in a progressive fashion, so each student builds a strong and seamless foundation in basic arithmetic.
Furthermore, we use several scientific methods including pattern recognition, memory recall, repetition, memorization and practice to strengthen students’ learning. We recognize the power of pattern recognition, reasoning, and repetition to help foster an understanding of math. We have developed techniques to help kids recognize patterns in numbers, comprehend the relationship between numbers, and allow these patterns to imprint in their memory through reasoning, practice, and visual illustrations until it becomes second nature.
We deliberately mix students from different grades into a small group so students do not compare themselves with other students, reducing anxiety that may come from peer pressure. We also create small groups so students do not feel they are under constant supervision from the tutor.
We believe that there is no shortcut in mastering the math skills. Mastering math skills requires dedication and commitment on part of the parent, student and mentor. Both parent and student must commit to the program for the full session. Parent must ensure the student arrives on time for each class, student has a safe place to do homework and does the assigned homework to get the most benefit out of the program. Parent should refrain from providing direct answers, but can help the child discover the answers.
Ultimately, we hope to reduce math anxiety, spread our love for math, and build confidence in students, so they are able to succeed in whatever they set out to do!