5 Qs: Mathnasium set up to dispel fears
What if teaching your child math was as simple as dropping them off at the local gymnasium? What if multiplication and division were treated like a muscle that requires exercise rather than simple memorization? Hooksett resident Martha Gagnon and a trio of math instructors in Manchester have an answer for that: Mathnasium. The learning center is for students who struggle as well as those who do well in math, said Gagnon, the center’s director. For more information, visit mathnasium.com/northmanchester or call 644-1234.
What makes you different from other tutoring centers? What we try to do is help children with the areas they’ve missed along the way. The way we do that is by first assessing each child and then devising a customized learning plan for them.
Do you have an example? You know how people always have trouble with the term “percent?” “Per” means “for each.” And “cent” means “100.” So if you think of it as “for each 100” it becomes a lot easier because 7 percent is just seven for each 100.
How does the center operate? We’re set up like a gym, so you pay a membership enrollment and then once you enroll you can come for as many times as you want.
If I’m a student and I have a homework assignment, can I get help on it? Yes, but we don’t have a situation where someone comes in with their homework and we stand over them. We get them to a point where they can figure questions out really fast on their own.
Why might a child fear math? I think because at a young age they started to have situations where they really didn’t understand things, and once you go off the rails in math it compounds.