Parent Information (FAQ)

We have collected most frequently asked questions by parents, and put together this information in a question answer format.

What is OneInMath?

  • Free program run by volunteers for students in grades K-3
  • Focuses on individualizing the process of learning math to reduce math anxiety

What OneInMath is NOT

  • We are not a substitute for math curriculum in school, nor are we a homework center (please do not send school homework).
  • We are not a drop-in class.
  • We do not cover concepts such as time, money, measurement etc.
  • We do not prepare for standardized tests (e.g. STAR).

What is OneInMath’s philosophy?

  • We believe strengthening the basic math foundation is critical for long term success of the child which leads to better a community.
  • We aim to foster students’ love for math in order to reduce math anxiety and build confidence!
  • We have made our classes as non-competitive as possible to reduce peer pressure and provide a stress-free environment solely dedicated to learning.

What happens on the first day of class?

  • Tutors determine student’s knowledge through a diagnostic test to identify both their level and gaps. This is completely based on what the student knows and not their age/grade.
  • Students may have gaps in their knowledge and we first work to fill in what they don’t know before moving on to harder concepts.
    • Ex: Student may be conceptually able to do 2 digit addition but is slow at adding numbers like 7+9 and may need to review 1-digit addition.
  • Volunteers will update you at the end of the class with what their plan is for your child.

What happens during rest of the classes?

  • Tutors review homework and do a quick oral and written check to determine how fast and accurate the child is at answering questions.
  • Accordingly, they assign the next packet and teach them the new concepts. Students work for half an hour, during which time the tutor is there to guide them.
  • At the end of class, tutors assign homework.

How can I get most out of OneInMath?

  • Keep all homework/classwork in a folder.
  • Bring the folder and the homework back every class (even if it was not completed)
  • Be regular to class (consistency is critical for students to retain learning).
  • Inform tutor ahead of time if student is going to be absent.

How can I help my child?

  • Have your child do homework regularly (practice is the key)
  • Don’t give the answers directly, help them deduce the answers through pattern recognition, and memory. See teaching video for ideas.
  • Have your child practice everyday. Ask a few math questions (you can ask from last page of the packet).
  • If you are correcting homework, please do not erase the answers and please still bring the packet back to class. Circle wrong answers so tutor would know where the child struggled.

Do I have to buy books for the class?

  • No. We provide all material required for the class. Its available online for free.
  • You only need to buy a folder with two pockets.  It usually costs $1 at Walmart or Target.
  • You will print specific packets for your student every week (or tutor will print and provide it to the student).

What if my child cannot attend a class?

  • There might be occasions when your child cannot attend (e.g. sick).
  • Please send an email to your child’s tutor and to the session lead as early as possible.
  • If your child is absent for 2 classes without notice, we will have to remove the student from the class as we usually have a long waitlist.

Each sheet of the packet looks very similar. Why are problems repeated?

Repetition is key to learning math. However, the problems get increasingly more randomized as the packet continues in order to build conceptual understanding.

  • Problems are initially sequential to help student to identify patterns and connection between problems.
  • Next, some problems are swapped to strengthen pattern recognition.
  • Finally, the problems are fully randomized to practice memory recall.

My child can do multiplication, why is he/she doing two-digit addition?

It is not uncommon for students to be able to do more advanced math but also struggle with basic concepts. For example, student may be struggling to add 7+9 even though they are doing multiplication. Eventually it would hamper their progress in higher math. We will work with your child to review or practice addition before moving him/her to multiplication modules. We have found that addressing gaps in knowledge actually helps students do better overall.

Useful Links and Contact

Parent Orientation

Unfortunately, due to the limitation of space and time we are unable to offer a parent orientation at this time. However, we have taken your feedback and have put together this handout for you. Hopefully this will be helpful.

OneInMath coordinator will also be available at the table on the first day of class to answer any question or concern you may have or contact the coordinator using Contact Us form.