More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
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Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Math tutoring done on an hourly basis.
Pro Tip: I offer the students one-on-one MATH tutoring from my home.
Q&A with Larry Williams, The MATH Tutor
What makes your business stand out?
I have continued to take math courses at Amarillo College so I can be a more effective tutor and offer a wide range of math tutoring.
What inspired you to start tutoring math?
When I was a senior in high school, my Trigonometry teacher told me I had a gift and should consider teaching or tutoring math. I made myself available as a tutor and have been doing that ever since.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Every once in a while, a question will be asked that I have to ponder. I am thinking, "How is the best way I can explain this so they will understand the material."
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Most customers feel a genuine sense of relief when the "light bulb comes" on and they proclaim that they "have it," and thank me for opening their eyes.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The fact that I know all of the answers they are going to ask me. And, that is something that few people can say about their jobs.