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title: Mathnasium - The Math Learning Center
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.
In the face of informational overload, Iris Reading helps students maintain a laser-like focus so they can cut through their reading material with speed. Online and in-person classes utilize drills to change old habits and drum up reading speed while still maintaining comprehension. And these techniques aren't just useful for literature and cereal-box backs. Classes cover strategies for magazines, newspapers, technical manuals, and websites, stressing the importance of retention and productivity along the way. Upon completion of Iris Reading's courses, students have reported the ability to tear through their reading material up to five times faster.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have been tutoring for over 6 years and have successfully helped 100's of students each semester to improve not only their grades, but their knowledge in the areas they are struggling in. 6 years of experience as a tutor, supplemental instructor, and even a TA.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
I mainly tutor chemistry, biology, physics, math from middle school to college level. My students should bring questions, class syllabus, all current and past material including assignments.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have a passion for helping others. Through the years I have observed different teaching styles from my teachers, professors, and TAs. Some teaching methods work, others do not. I have adapted my methods to fit each students as best as possible.
What do you love most about your job?
I love helping students to understand material by relating concepts they are struggling with.
title: Mad Science of Milwaukee
html_text: Aiming to instill an appreciation of learning from an early age, Mad Science of Milwaukee hosts a schedule of programs that introduce kids to the wonders of science. In a typical day at summer camp or an after-school session, savvy instructors guide their students through complex scientific concepts including non-Newtonian fluids and aerodynamics, making the topics accessible through child-friendly media such as silly putty and model rockets. The classes also often include take-home projects that participants can proudly display as proof of their intent to grow up to be an Erlenmeyer flask.
Brothers Lev and George Krasnopolskiy see chess not so much as a game, but as a tool for rousing kids' minds. Since 2006, their academy has tutored more than 2,000 children in the timeless game, benefitting their decision-making skills, concentration, and self-control. In addition to chess rules and strategy, classes incorporate games, music, and physical activities to create well-rounded stimulation. The brothers also curate an online collection of lessons, chess puzzles, and binary hate mail from Deep Blue.