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As a perfectionist, I try my best to learn from mistakes to avoid repeating them. I also love math. In K-12, I got 100% in every math test, except in my 1st term in 1st grade, my last term in 6th grade, and my last year of high school! After I took a math placement test in college, the university increased its maximum score code (from 65 to 67) because I got 100% in a record time. I was immediately placed in 'Calculus II', even though I only needed 'Calculus I' to fulfill my Business degree requirement.
After graduating from a French high school with a specialty in Math, I moved to California and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance, then an MBA. My Accounting career includes Intern at Citibank, then Financial Manager at Sundance Natural Foods, then Auditor at Levi's, in addition to Bookkeeper for various local small businesses.
In 2020, I opened a Mathnasium center in Eugene, the #1 after-school math education program in America: www.mathnasium.com/eugene to provide students with meaningful encounters, interactions, and engagement with all of the elements of mathematics in a friendly, interesting, low–pressure, and non–threatening environment that respects each student’s individual “learning style” and preserves their individual “sense of dignity.”
Children don't hate math; they hate being confused and intimidated by math. With understanding comes passion, and with passion comes growth, then a treasure is unlocked!
I always tell my kids: Math is fun because every math question is like a game where you have to solve a riddle. I always teach them strategies to calculate faster and without a calculator or even a pen sometimes. I always show them useful tips to avoid mistakes, verify answers quickly, and find any errors easily. I also always relate what they learn to their world like their personal hobbies, so they can feel the value of what they're learning, and be hungry for more.
These tips help develop children's interest and understanding of math, change their attitude towards math, and make them feel more comfortable doing math.
After spending the first 2 lessons assessing skills, we begin the process of filling gaps to catch up with school curriculum, so that students never feel lost or behind in class. If students have homework they want to work on, they are encouraged to tackle it alone at home to learn to think and work independently, before coming to me prepared with questions, which makes our sessions more efficient.
Together, during these uncertain times, let's reduce uncertainty in your child’s future!
(I'm happy to do our lessons on Skype or Google Hangouts or Zoom,
instead of in-person)
(I'm happy to drive to your home in Eugene or Springfield,
instead of a lesson at my home near Chavez school)
(math students must be from the same grade level, unless all the students are siblings)
(when siblings attend the same lesson)
Great for FREE math practice.
I find it helpful to play fun video games to improve math skills, as long as the games don't become a distraction from learning math. I use AdaptedMind.com to enhance my kids' math experience because this website separates material by grades and chapters, and focuses on converting each student's personal weaknesses into strengths.
Great for FREE math practice in middle school.
As a kid, I played chess tournaments. Chess has little to do with math, so why do we often associate it with math skills? It's the satisfaction we get out of pursuing creative strategies to solve challenging problems, and out of planning ahead to accomplish goals and reach success. I play chess with my kids every week, and I always help them develop new attacking and defending strategies.
Participate from home.
Rummy is a great card game to practice adding multiple numbers between 1 and 30. The "Speedy Gonzales" version of Rummy stimulates the mind by incorporating different skills used in chess, puzzles, and Tetrix. It also allows all players to play simultaneously, instead of waiting for each others' turns. My kids beg me every day to play this very fun Rummy version with them.
I try as much as possible to apply these 5 ways of sharing math with kids: