Math is a Sport

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In any sport you need to practice, practice, practice.  You need dedication, perseverance, and a positive attitude.  You must show up on time for your practice, build a relationship with your teammates, and help motivate each other to succeed.  You train particular skills and plays,  and sometimes you mess up these skills and have to learn them a different way.  When you’re finished with practice, you’re exhausted.  You go home, take a break, and put it out of your mind.  Next time you’re practicing, you need to get in the zone again, relearn what you forgot, and take yourself to the next level. Math is the same way.

Math is a sport.

If you practice, you’ll stay strong, if you slack off – your results suffer. Everyone loses some ability in the off season, and we’re here to help. By practicing math this summer, your child will get ahead for the next grade level, or build upon their existing knowledge. Take advantage of our early-bird special today and avoid the summer slide.

 

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Who needs Algebra or Geometry anyways?

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Who needs Algebra or Geometry in everyday life anyways?

This is a fair question, and a common concern we hear from students and parents alike. Students who are struggling with math homework sometimes can’t justify why they’re spending time and effort on a seemingly useless subject.

The reality is, even if we are not consciously doing math in our day-to-day work, we are constantly using math concepts without realizing it.

Drive a car? Then you do algebra and elementary calculus every time you decide whether to rush that yellow light at the intersection or brake to a full stop. In fact, if you are stuck in traffic and evaluating alternative routes to your office and whether they will get you there on time, you are doing probability calculations along with algebra.

Work in sales? Within 5 seconds of meeting a potential customer, you are applying complex mathematical models based on probability theory to assess whether you can close the deal or if your time is better spent focusing on the next potential customer.

Stay-at-home-parents: guess what? You do more math calculations daily than your spouse working in office! You use calculus (yes – THAT calculus that you hated) to determine whether you have enough time to clean the linen closet and vacuum the house while the meatloaf is getting ready in the oven – and you have to rush out to pick up the kids from the bus-stop!

Math is everywhere, and in today’s age we apply it in nearly every aspect of our lives. Don’t let your child hate math, help them develop their math confidence with help from our instructors! Be it Algebra, Geometry, SAT or ACT prep help, our instructors are trained to help your children achieve theirmath goals.

Come in today and get 3 FREE sessions (limited time offer) of Math tuition, Algebra tuition, Geometry tuition, Calculus tuition, SAT or ACT Prep tuition without paying a single dollar! Call us today at 860-785-MATH (6284) or fill out this short form on our website and we will contact you within 24 hours!

 

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Stop the Summer Slide!

According to researchers from Duke University, math skills decline over the summer more than any academic skill. This occurs for a number of reasons but most notably because children are more likely to complete tasks linked to reading. Most students lose about 2 months of grade-level math skills over summer vacation. At Mathnasium,

we believe that every child has the ability to be successful in math, it’s just a matter of teaching the way that makes sense to them.

When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead, whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Sign up for your summer session today and avoid the summer slide! Come in to get ahead for the next grade level, or build upon your child’s existing knowledge. Be sure to take advantage of our early-bird special and get an extra session free when you sign up before April 30th!

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The #1 Mistake Kids Make with Fractions

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Its amazing how many students struggle with one of the most basic concepts in Elementary Math. Without a solid foundation in fractions, the ability to master higher math concepts in Middle and High school is severely hindered.
What is the concept? Naming the fraction!

Ask any 3rd, 4th or 5th grader what is 1/2 + 1/3 and most likely they’ll reply 2/5. They add the top two numbers and add the bottom two numbers and get 1+1=2 while 2+3=5 therefore 1/2+1/3=2/5

Usually when we hear that answer we will rephrase the question something like this: “Half an apple plus another half is one apple. A third of a banana and another third of a banana is two-thirds of a banana. But what is 1/2 apple plus 1/3 banana? Can we really add the two?”

By this point the student usually says no, you cant add those two. (Some smart ones will say if you add them you get a salad, and they are correct in a way.)

The key concept in fractions is this: You can only add/subtract fractions that have the same ‘name’. You can add 1/2 an apple to 1/4 of an apple and get 3/4 of an apple. But you cannot add fractions that have different names. 1/2 banana + 1/2 Apple is not equal to 1 Banapple!!

This concept is the foundation of understanding fractions and is later used in algebra, geometry and higher level math. So go ahead and ask your middle-schooler friend, sibling or relative: what is 1/2+1/3=? and see what they answer!

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Are We Created Equal?

What does equality mean to you? To some it’s a loosely defined term. It’s casually thrown around and pushed to the back of our minds, but what is equality? Are we too wrapped up in our day to day lives to acknowledge the clear gender gap in STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)? So, are men and women treated equally? Let’s review some facts and statistics.

According to a 2011 report by the US Department of Commerce, women make up nearly half the workforce, but only 26% of STEM jobs. Of those 26%, the women made an average of ~$16,000 less than men of the same profession. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, women have seen NO employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” -Gloria Steinem

Before we can provide a solution, we must accept there is a problem.

Here at Mathnasium we’re encouraging female participation from an early age. In the week leading up to International Women’s Day we will provide free homework help and math classes for girls in our local community. Be the change, join us in the fight for women’s equality.

 

 

 

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