Frequently Asked Questions


Programs and Fee Schedules

                                 Math Assistance Program Fee Schedule                                     (Effective January 7 to May 31 2013) Math Assistance Program reinforces the math concepts students have studied in their schools.  More importantly, we help students catch up the weak areas, so they will not fall behind in math. The catch up process consists of math concepts review and well-selected exercises tailored to the students’ special needs and levels. The drills and exercises we have selected will help students not only review and master the key concepts, but also improve the logical reasoning and strategic thinking.   With improved test scores, the students will regain interests and confidence in math. This way of math assistance has been proven more effective than lesson/class-only programs. Math Assistance Program includes:
  1. Homework assistance
  2. Catch-up concepts reviews and exercises,
  3. Standard test review
  4. Chapter exam and final exam reviews.
The following fee schedules are for two sessions per week (up to 10 sessions/month). Namely, the students can get help in two sessions per week. SUBJECT Pay Semi-annually (Jan. 7 - May 31 2013) Pay  Monthly* Elementary Math $900 $200 Pre-Algebra/ Algebra I $900 $220 Geometry $900 $240 Algebra II $900 $260 Trig/Pre-Calculus $900 $280 Calculus $1350  -N/A- *Note: December and May are the exam months of the schools.   To ensure the quality of our service, 50% of surcharge will be added to the monthly fee for new student joining us in exam months. If students would like to use our service only for a short period of time, single session rate will be charged. Please contact our office for details.   After School Program is open to 1-8th grade students on every school day Students from qualifying low-income families: $180/month,  regular fee: $280/month. Payment is due on the first school date of the month.                                                                                   
Whenever you find your child fall behind in his/her math class, and do not let problems accumulate. You should convince your child to seek our service as early as possilbe. We are only able to accept limited number of students at any time in order to maintain the high quality of our services. So first come, first serve.  By the way, we also have EXAM MONTH reserved for preparing standard tests and school final exams.  So during the EXAM MONTHs(December/May ), New students who wish to join in, please take a look at our fee schedule of the EXAM Month before applying.
Yes. We offer one-session free trial for every new student. Please note, we will not provide trial session during the EXAM MONTH (December/May). Thank you for your understanding.
Math Tools Math Reference Tables http://www.math.com/tables/tables.htm This site provides instant access to dozen of formulas, tables and properties.   Internet Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ The Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library contains a Recreations category, with topics from the lighter side of mathematics. The Library also offers collections of math games and math-oriented sports sites. High School Mathematis in General Manipula Math Applet Collections http://www.ies.co.jp/math/products/products.html Interactive programs that can be manipulated and animations that help to grasp the meaning of mathematical concepts.   Dr.Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Students, parents and educators will find links to math resources, including software, online Internet activities, brain teasers, puzzles and a link to the Internet Mathematics Library. The high school math search link will provide information to other math sites on the High school level.   Quick Math http://www.quickmath.com/ QuickMath is an automated service for answering common math problems over the Internet. Think of it as an online calculator that solves equations and does all sorts of algebra and calculus problems - instantly and automatically! QuickMath will automatically answer the most common problems in algebra, equations and calculus faced by high-school and college students.   MathWorld http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ MathWorld is a comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, math enthusiasts, and researchers. Although it is often difficult to find explanations for technical subjects that are both clear and accessible, this website bridges the gap by placing an interlinked framework of mathematical exposition and illustrative examples at the fingertips of every internet user.   Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics http://mathforum.org/library/more_info.html?id=2832 A full-text searchable, comprehensive alphabetical encyclopedia of math terms, equations, and derivations, with explanations, examples, references, and much more.   S.O.S. Mathematics www.sosmath.com Browse free math review materials in topics ranging from algebra to differential equations on SOS Mathematics. The 2,500 pages with clear, concise explanations are geared directly to High school and college students. Algebra Practical Algebra Lesson http://www.purplemath.com/modules/ Practical algebra lessons that contain tips, hints and examples, and point out common mistakes. Geometry Euclid's Elements http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html An online guide to Geometry.   Fun Mathematics lessons http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/ Test your math skills with these fun problems based on fractions and Geometry.   Probability Probability Tutorials http://www.probability.net/ Probability.net offers tutorials in measure theory, lebesgue integration and probability. Work through these topics by solving a series of exercises (solutions provided). Trigonometry An Introduction to Trigonometry http://www.ping.be/~ping1339/gonio.htm Moving figures which help students to grasp the meaning of Trigonometry concepts.   Manipula Math Applet Collections: Trigonometry http://www.ies.co.jp/math/products/trig/menu.html Interactive programs that can be manipulated and animations that help to grasp the meaning of mathematical concepts.   Trigonometry Realms http://zonalandeducation.com/mmts/trigonometryRealms/trigonometryRealms.html Animated designs are used to explain Trigonometry.   Webtrig http://www.math.uakron.edu/~tprice/Trig/ Webtrig is a World Wide Web tutorial covering the basics of Trigonometry. The lessons include an introduction to angles and their measurement, definitions of the trigonometric functions, gaphs of trigonometric waves, an introduction to trigonometric identities, and techniques for solving trigonometric equations.   Dave's Short Trig Course http://www.clarku.edu/~djoyce/trig/ This site allows you to learn a bit about Trigonometry or brush up on what you may have previously learned. There are a few exercised for you to work on and the short answers are provided as well. Calculus Calculus Help http://www.calculus-help.com/ Calculus Help offers content for both advanced High school students and college calculus students. In addition to free multimedia tutorials, it continues to offer a practice problem just about every week that is answered in plain, everyday English the following week. Visual Calculus http://archives.math.utk.edu/visual.calculus/ Visual Calculus offers a collection of modules that can be used in the studying or teaching of calculus.   HMC Mathematics Online Tutorial www.math.hmc.edu/calculus/tutorials/ An online tutorial centered on calculus maintained by Harvey Mudd College Department of Mathematics. Our beloved metal math professor is working in that math department.
As parents, we all want to see our children excel in school. Some children are great at motivating themselves, while others need a push to catch up or even a little help to accelerate beyond their current curriculum. When it comes to building math skills, there is no reason to postpone giving your child that push. Signs Your Child May Need a Math Tutor If your child is old enough to receive report cards, you can tell pretty quickly whether or not he might need help when you see his grades. Always look at grades. Grades can indicate anything from a straight-A student getting her first B to a kid showing signs that he needs extra help. Beyond slipping grades, look out for a lack of enthusiasm for math. Elementary school kids love to learn about new subjects, especially math. They like to learn about counting, money, telling time, all math-related subjects. When you see enthusiasm slip, that definitely signals something. That loss in interest could signal that your child needs help, but it also may mean that he or she is bored. That’s where a tutor can come in. Tutoring is good for children who are highly able, not just for children who need academic help. If the math course is not challenging enough, that might mean that your child is pretty smart in math and in need of extra challenges. One of the best ways to get more insight on how your child is handling math is to talk to his or her teacher. It is important for the teacher to know your child’s relationship with math, especially if it has changed. If your child used to love math in second grade but suddenly dislikes it in third, let the teacher know. Since you cannot be in the classroom, starting a dialogue with the teacher will help you identify how best to help your child. Get Help Sooner Rather Than Later Whether you choose to hire a tutor or provide more games and learning opportunities at home, it’s important to identify your child’s signs of needing extra help early on, particularly in math, due to its linear nature. No subject is more important than math when it comes to vigilance. Each new year, each new course builds on the previous lesson and course. Once you miss a lesson, once you don’t master a particular skill, it’s difficult to build something on top of it without it all falling down. By delaying the process of getting your child the help he needs, you risk letting him slip further behind as well as lose confidence, which is essential to continuing learning, Bavaria cautions. Hiring a Tutor By the time your child has reached second grade, it will be pretty clear whether a tutor would be helpful. Once you decide to find a tutor, take your search seriously. You want someone who is properly trained, will assess your child correctly, has a good reputation, and will provide lessons that are age appropriate. Stay away from tutors who rely mostly on technology, because the time spent tutoring should be focused on the child and tutor working together. That being said, the tutor should attempt to make learning fun. For tutoring to be effective, the tutor should support the learning in the classroom by re-teaching or accelerating. The tutor becomes an advocate for the student’s learning for the school and a support for the parents. Setting Goals When you select a tutor, make sure you explain to him or her what you (and your child) expect from the experience. To determine this, first sit down with your child and identify two to three goals you want the tutor to focus on. Consider whether your child wants to catch up, keep up or get ahead. Does she want a higher grade? Does she want to study for tests better? Does she need help organizing? A good tutor should ask you some of these questions to help set goals. Parents need to explain to their children that tutoring is not a punishment, but rather is designed to help them succeed in the classroom. Tutoring is not looked at as something only for the kids who are behind and need a tutor; often they are at grade level, but parents want them to be challenged.” Helping at Home Math may not have been your best subject in school, but you can help your child by dusting off your math skills and knowing the lingo. If your child asks you to look at her geometry assignment, you want to be ready to relate as best you can. You can ask your child’s teacher or tutor for ways to provide support. Another great way to keep in touch with your child’s schoolwork is by checking out the teacher’s web page, which many teachers maintain on the school’s site. Don’t let your child’s latest math challenge be a surprise to you. Keep in mind, though, that you’re not required to be the teacher. If your child is struggling, let his teacher know that he needs more help and has been having a hard time with certain assignments. Parents can encourage kids by giving them time to do their homework and by giving them a place to do their homework. Free Resources Tutoring, especially if you do it on a weekly basis, can be expensive. With sessions running $35 to $75 an hour in many places, you may be interested in other options. Luckily, there are numerous free math websites that offer lessons, games, or a combination of both.  

What to Look for When Searching for an SAT/ACT Prep Course?

It's finally a time to prepare for that necessary evil in the college admissions process: the SAT/ACT.
With so many prep options, what should you look for when choosing a course for your child?

Here is a list of things to look for when selecting a program.

No quick fixes. When selecting a prep program, pay attention to how the company speaks about its curriculum. Companies focusing on quick tips and tricks might help for a practice test or two, but a more holistic, long-term learning approach will serve your child better on test day and beyond.

Best-in-class instructors. Many companies tout their instructors as the best in the country but when you dig deeper, you will find their most tenured instructors are teaching graduate level tests such as the GMAT and LSAT. Find a company with a high caliber of instructors that also assigns them to teach college prep curriculum.

Personalization. While the SAT may be a one-size-fits-all test, preparing for it isn't. A strong prep company will have personalized components to all their programs, not just private tutoring. Find a program with the structure your student needs to stay focused while also remaining flexible enough to engage them in the areas they need the most help.

Realistic expectations. With so many options for test preparation, many companies are quick to promise unrealistic score improvements for their programs. The best providers are the ones that understand that huge score jumps are possible, but that these jumps are the result of commitment to hard work on both sides.

If a program passes these hurdles, you may have found the right fit for your child. With the right program, students can identify and focus on their greatest areas of improvement and work to not only master their course content, but build long term academic skills.

Summer is a break for kids, but you still need to keep them busy. So you sign them up for camp, hoping to keep the kids entertained at a safe camp and all at an affordable price.   If you haven't looked for summer camps yet you really have to get on it.  Many are filled up, but not all of them.  Here's the number one thing on this 'to do" list. Ask your children what they might want to do, and tailor the choice to their interest. If you've got a budding tennis star at home, science camp might not be the best idea.  You want your child to enjoy the experience, not dread it. Second, check on the price. A pricey tuition doesn't always mean a better camp.  There are great lower priced camps out there.  Try the YMCA, your church, the Scouts, or the park and recreation department near you.  Now that you've narrowed it down, Jane Castro who runs the summer camps at the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, says start asking a lot of questions. "Talk with them about their staff.  see what kind of training they've had. look at what are you paying for.  are you just getting - come in and let your kids play or are they getting some physical activity. are they getting some education," said Jane Castro.  
Want to keep your child busy after school? What about art and craft? Craft lessons and art activities not only are great programs to nurture their creative genius and art skills – they can help concentration, coordination, and give your child a sense of achievement.   Choose the art style But what art or craft program would work best for your child? Is your little one always drawing in notebooks? A sketch class sounds perfect! Loves to play with your camera? What about a child’s photography class? Are they forever making mud pies? That sounds like tie between pottery AND clay sculpture, so why not both? Have a chat with them about whether they’d prefer craft lessons or art classes, and do some online research for the local art programs available. After school arts and crafts programs include:
  • Craft classes
  • Sketch/drawing classes
  • Ceramics
  • General art workshops
  • Pottery classes
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media classes
  • Photography
  • Cartoon workshops
  • Graphics classes
Ask around So you’ve sat down together and figured out the art style perfect for your child - but how to get some honest feedback? Other parents are a brilliant resource. Ask around with the parents of children who are already taking art or craft classes. They’ll give you an honest opinion of how they find the program.   Finding the right location Do you choose a local art class, or enroll your budding Michaelangelo in the renowned arts program down the road? Sit down and think about how much time you want your child devoting to their newfound creative love – and how much time in the car you’re prepared to invest. When you’ve narrowed down a venue, go in there by yourself to get the lay of the land. Does it seem clean? Does there seem to be sufficient supplies? Are there nearby and safe toilets? Sit in on an actual art or craft class if you can, and get an idea of the instructor. Do they have a warm manner and is the class receptive? In that case you’re on to a winner!
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