"I don't get math."
"Algebra makes no sense to me"
"Why should I memorize the multiplication table?"
"When will I ever use this in real life?"
These are various comments made to me by former students.
I formerly taught and tutored mathematics and algebra at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. Many of my students shared a common malady: an intense fear of math. They would come into the first class session convinced that they would fail, because they never understood math and did not believe that they ever would. Does this sound like you?
If so, be encouraged! You can master math and algebra! What you may require is someone to explain mathematical concepts to you in non-mathematical terms! A student once told me that math seemed like a foreign language to her. When she said that, a light bulb went off in my head and I started to teach math as if it was a foreign language. And not a foreign language with similar letters, but something like Chinese that uses entirely different ways of conveying ideas.
I'm not going to lie to you. It still won't be easy. When you learn a foreign language, you have to practice it to become fluent in it. Same thing with math or algebra: you're going to have to do the work so you can become "fluent" in speaking mathematics. I can promise to use engaging, creative methods to help you learn vital math skills.
I have experience teaching elementary mathematics since I homeschooled my own son for grades 2-4. I have also have done volunteer tutoring with children ranging from first grade to high school.
I would love to help you or your child master math.
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