At School is Easy Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, we take a systematic approach to helping students with mathematics. The first step is to help our students with their most immediate needs. During this stage, our tutors employ direct instruction designed to immediately improve the student’s understanding of the material and performance on homework, quizzes, and exams. This helps to lower stress and anxiety while building the student’s confidence.
While quick results are important, we know that both our students and parents have longer term goals. After our Cedar Rapids and Iowa City math tutors have helped with the most immediate needs, our tutors continue to help their students to shore up their foundation in math while developing essential critical thinking and problem solving skills. The long term goal of all School is Easy tutors is to help their students become strong independent thinkers, capable of taking on more challenging and rewarding work.
School is Easy Tutors work with students across a wide range of math topics including:
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At School is Easy Tutoring in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, we provide subject matter experts as tutors in your home. We hire experienced Math tutors who can help your child struggling in Math, or who simply wants to get ahead in the subject.
We help with several math courses at all levels. We also help elementary-school students, gifted students, and students earning their General Education Development (GED). Even if you don’t want a career in math, being able to do well in the subject has far-reaching benefits for a student (beyond graduation of course!).
Hiring a math tutor in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City can help your child succeed in a subject that has held great power – and responsibility – throughout history. Think we’re being far-fetched? We don’t!
Did you know that when NASA had computers in the 1960s, they still used ‘human computers’ to check their math? In fact, manual math calculations helped rescue the Apollo 13 crew from despair. ‘Human computers’ on earth used simple math concepts like decimals, angle degrees and “plus” or “minus” arithmetic to get astronauts home safely. Math saved lives. And it changed lives for many more.
Math is usable in many career paths. Yes, you could be a mathematician at NASA, like the ladies in the movie, Hidden Figures. But according to this page on Duke.edu, math majors in university do exceptionally well on graduate entry tests such as the LSAT and the GMAT (used for law schools and business schools).
Employers have taken note of the value of strong mathematical skills. Math students don’t just know how to add things up or figure out equations. They are great analytical thinkers, problem solvers and pattern recognizers. They can help prove ideas, predict possibilities, and guide important decisions for businesses and governments. Those skills make them great candidates for jobs in business, engineering, manufacturing, meteorology, other sciences, government, teaching and more.
Our Cedar Rapids and Iowa City math tutors come with a teaching degree, or master’s degree and experience teaching. Many are members of the University of Iowa. In addition, they have all undergone a criminal record check to ensure safety in your home.
But the labels on their resumes mean more than a badge of completion. A trained, qualified math tutor will know how to explain math to someone who doesn’t understand it. Plus, a certified math teacher has chosen teaching as their career. They have a passion for helping others understand the subject that they love.
If helping your child on your own, or getting a friend to tutor are just not cutting it, we understand. Getting through to a child struggling with math at school is a skill all in itself.
Here are some of the ways a qualified math tutor can help:
Tutoring based on principles: knowing math principles can help open the door for understanding math in specific contexts, since math is sequential, logical and patterned.
Using real life examples: exploring the ways in which a math concept can be applied to practical situations can help a child understand its usage and function, so it’s not just an abstract theory.
Teaching based on learning styles: some kids just need to learn the same thing they were taught in class, but in a new way. Maybe art needs to be incorporated for visual queue. Maybe speaking it out loud will help. Or maybe new explanations need to be given. The neat thing about math is that sometimes there is more than one way to find a solution to the problem you’re working on. That can make a math tutor extra handy.
Tutoring to learn how to learn: a good tutor should be trying to work themselves out of a job, in a sense. If a tutor teaches a student study skills, a student can eventually use those tactics on their own, when a tutor is not there to help. This especially applies to math tutoring, where exams are based on formulaic principles, but the details of the problem change on each question. A student should know how to approach any type of math problem, without a tutor present.
Our tutors are each unique, and come with a plethora of teaching skills and experiences. They may use the above ideas for tutoring math, or they may incorporate some of their own, based on what worked for them, or other struggling students. That said, our tutor-student matching system is not arbitrary. We do our best to match your child with the tutor who will fit well with their needs.
Our Cedar Rapids and Iowa City math tutors are ready to serve you in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Richmond Hill and Whitchurch-Stouffville. We work mornings,afternoons, evenings and weekends. You tell us your schedule and we will do everything we can to accommodate it. Give us a call, or fill out our online booking form, and we’ll match you with a tutor in 48 hours or less!