In an era when the performance by American students in math and science lags behind the rest of the world, while those skills are becoming more important, it’s good to have a place to get your child the help they need. Now, Ann Arbor’s Vera Chiu and Grace Wang have opened a local franchise of Mathnasium, a California-based chain of math-only tutoring centers with a unique, effective approach to teaching. “We provide a tailor-made learning plan based on [students’] needs and what they know and don’t know,” says Chiu, who has a PhD in genetics from U of M. Mathnasium centers give a strong math foundation using a curriculum developed by educator Larry Martinek. Martinek’s approach is rooted in developing what Mathnasium calls “number sense,” which, as Chiu describes it, lets students “understand math not just mechanically, but conceptually.” Mathnasium offers programs for children from pre-kindergarten through high school. Students generally attend two or three times a week for about an hour, and receive one-on-one attention from an instructor. For children bored or intimidated by math, Mathnasium’s unconventional approach is just the ticket. “We have a lot of fun built into it,” Chiu says.
2111 Packard Rd., Ste. C. 734-769-5666. www.mathnasium.com