Mathnasium Methods

Mathnasium Methods


"Children don’t hate math. What they hate is being confused, intimidated, and embarrassed by math. With understanding comes passion, and with passion comes growth—a treasure is unlocked.”- Larry Martinek

The learning method is usually compared to a steady building with and established base and columns – all of which provides the students with strong fundamental knowledge in math.



Fully assess student’s ability through written and oral reviews.

The professionals of Mathnasium begin by truly understanding the student through a compilation of written and oral assessments in order to gain an accurate picture of the student’s strengths, weaknesses, logical thinking ability and overall attitude towards math.

The combined results of these assessments are analyzed by teachers and Mathnasium’s specialized software to produce an individualized ability chart of each student. After the procedure is completed, a customized learning plan is designed for each individual student. This learning plan identifies the math concepts needed to best achieve the specific learning goals for each student.


Personalized approach

It must be emphasized, that Mathnasium does not provide the same curriculum for all students. The program, as mentioned before, is based upon a teaching methodology that uses a unique combination of five interwoven techniques, focusing on each student’s abilities, knowledge, learning paces, interests and improvements.

Students are instructed on how and when to dispense with needless paper-and-pencil work and use mental math techniques instead. This allows them to focus on the task at hand with confidence when dealing with calculations and problems.
Example: 99 + 99 + 99 = _____
Instead of solving this as the usual vertical addition problem, students are taught to think, “100 + 100 + 100 - 3 = 300 - 3 = 297.” It’s a different way to look at problems that can be very helpful and productive beyond a classroom.

Language is a critical part of the program. Students, from the beginning, are taught the meaning of root words to help them solve problems. They are also taught how to explain their thought process and reasoning verbally. This technique is extremely effective in helping children develop speech-thought coherence along with systematic thinking.

Example: Percent: Percent is taught by breaking the word down into its components: per CENT—“for each 100.” Using this definition, students think of “7% of 300” as “7 for the first 100, 7 for the second hundred, and 7 for the third hundred. 7 + 7 + 7 = 21.”

Accurate and helpful pictures, charts, and tables are used to explain mathematical ideas and concepts. Many of the problems provided to students are “picture based,” giving them insights that go beyond simple written words.

 aa2Example: Many of the problems in the Mathnasium program feature pictures to help in solving problems. “If each circle in the picture is a dime or ten cents, then what is the amount of money shown in the picture?”

 This problem, if written in numbers, may baffle most students, but can be easily understood visually. In many cases visualization is much more effective than writing alone.

When effective for the learning process, physical examples are used to introduce, explain, and/or reinforce concepts and skills. The transfer of knowledge from manipulation to other aspects of learning is carefully monitored to ensure its effectiveness.

Examples: Counting chips are used to facilitate learning the principles of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, while dice and cards are used in studying probability.

Written practice with computation (“drill”) is a necessary component of mathematics education. Mathnasium provides students with significant practice based upon printed materials, including Prescriptives, Workout Book and Focus-on.
The Mathnasium’s curriculum is designed to provide an orderly and understandable development of mathematical thought and skills in accordance with individual student.

Each student will learn to solve personalized exercises that are tailored to suit their ability, minimize their weaknesses and develop areas of competency.

Each teacher at Mathnasium is in charge of a group of only 5 to 6 students. So they are able to provide close attention to each and every student within the group.


Measuring the results

On-going assessments are regularly given every 3 months to ensure that students are retaining and improving upon the skills they have practiced. Results from these tests are collated and their details are used to diagnose the level of progress of each student, thus enabling teachers and parents to assist them.