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Fall 2014 Results for Mathnasium Roland Park (A+!)

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mathnasiumMathnasium of Roland Park’s Director, Jim Trexler, announced the results of their 4th quarter program for the 13 students who took both a pre and post-test. According to Trexler, the average percent increase was 53%. “The results are great, even better than last quarter”, stated Trexler. “The data validates the effectiveness of our program and our philosophy of work hard, play hard, get better.”

 

Mathnasium is the number one math only franchise in the country. We have the tools, resources, and instructors to help any student in grades 1-12 improve their math skills. For more information about Mathnasium of Roland Park, contact Jim Trexler at 443-863-0531, [email protected], www.mathnasium.com/rolandpark.

 

I’ve Seen My Student’s PSAT Scores. Now what?

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What is the best SAT prep plan for my student?

It’s a question that parents of high school juniors (and, in some cases, parents of sophomores) should be asking right now. The answer to the question, like the SAT itself, isn’t straight forward, and, in my opinion, depends entirely on the abilities, educational background, and goals of each student.

Mathnasium of Roland Park Expands Service Due to Strong Demand for its Services

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Mathnasium of Roland Park is expanding its service hours to include Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00. “We continue to experience gradual growth by attracting a wide range of students in all school settings – private, public, and home school settings. All of our kids have one thing in common: they want to perform better in math whether they are behind, on-track, or ahead of their grade level,” says Center Director Jim Trexler. Mathnasium of Roland Park now offers 104 hours of service every month for a flat rate. “The more you use our services, the less you pay per session,” says Trexler.

Mathnasium of Roland Park Just Got Back Its Summer Results. They Crushed It.

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Summer 2014 Results GraphicMathnasium of Roland Park’s Director, Jim Trexler, announced the results of their summer program for the 14 students who took both a pre and post-test. According to Trexler, the average percent increase was 32%. “We couldn’t be happier with the results of our first summer”, stated Trexler. “The data validates the effectiveness of our program and our philosophy of work hard, play hard, get better.”

Mathnasium is the number one math only franchise in the country. We have the tools, resources, and instructors to help any student in grades 2-12 improve their math skills. For more information about Mathnasium of Roland Park, contact Jim Trexler at 443-863-0531, [email protected], www.mathnasium.com/rolandpark.

College Rankings and College Admissions: Coming Out on Top

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It’s that time of the year again when US News and World Report releases its annual rankings for national colleges and universities.  The 2015 rankings, released yesterday, illustrate the usual shuffle among the Ivy League and Ivy League-ish institutions at the top: Princeton, Harvard, and Yale remained on top; MIT edged ahead of Duke while Columbia, Stanford, and University of Chicago now are tied at 4th place. Essentially, nothing has changed, and in this article I will use the current metrics of college rankings to investigate why this is so and how it impacts college admissions.

Undergraduate Academic Reputation

A whopping 22.5 percent of the rankings are based on the subjective opinions of both high school counselors and administrators at peer institutions.  The weight of this metric largely reflects the enormous marketing budgets colleges now need to stay competitive in the rankings.  According to a 2011 Noel-Levitz poll, private universities spent a median of $2,185 marketing dollars per new student.  This expense is an indicator that top colleges don’t just have to be good; they have to make sure everyone knows it.  This is easier for Ivy League schools who have garnered impervious auras that remain intact no matter the cheating scandals or grade inflation that may occur there; whereas “ranking climbers” like Washington University in St. Louis have used exorbitant fundraising campaigns in years past to attain similar stature.

Applying to College? You May Want to Delete Your Facebook Account

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imagesA life without Facebook might seem incomprehensible to some, but high school seniors applying to college would be wise to consider it, if only temporarily. As cited in the Huffington Post, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers use Facebook and other social media sites to get a second look at an applicant. Unless the applicant’s a recruited athlete, whose Facebook or Twitter profile might get a coach’s cursory glance at any point of high school, now is the time when a student’s Facebook profile may come under scrutiny.

Of course, deleting a social media account may seem like overkill. Why not just delete any potentially negative content? Or even change the account name so that the profile is harder to find? These steps may be sufficient, but I wouldn’t take the chance. After all, if admissions officers find the hopeful college applicant on Facebook, they won’t necessarily encounter the best representation of the student, nor the one so thoughtfully put together in the application; they may see a much more limited side, one that tends to encourage flash judgments, rather than careful review.

Think Math Matters? Mathematicians Are in Growing Demand – Mathnasium Roland Park Already Knew That

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What’s the big deal about math these days?

A ten-year-old boy was sitting in my office last week with his parents talking to me about joining Mathnasium of Roland Park. As with every potential member, I asked him one of my key questions to success: “Why do you want to improve your math skills?” Of all the students I have asked this question, his answer gave me the impression that he really gets why math is important. His answer was, “because good math skills will help me get into a good college and get a good job.” I then asked him my second key question: “Are you willing to put in the time and effort to improve your math skills?” Again, he delivered a good answer: “Just like soccer, if you want to get better you have to work at it.” This kid will do fine at Mathnasium of Roland Park.

Let’s go back to the first answer. Was he right saying math will help him get a good job? Absolutely! Take a look at the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data. Take a closer look and you will see the median (50 percent above, 50 percent below) income for a mathematician is around $101,000. Related occupations requiring math skills that will increase in demand include computer programmers, financial analysts, market research analysts, and database administrators.

Tutoring Value Found at Mathnasium of Roland Park

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Now that the school year is nearly upon us and students begin to think about SAT, ACT, and ISEE exams they also start to think about getting tutoring assistance. There are many options out there, so how do you pick the right one? Like any shopping experience, the consumer is looking for value. How do you define value? Most people say value equals quality divided by price (V=Q/P). We all want value in all of our transactions. Who doesn’t? So, in the world of math test prep services and general math tutoring, how would you go about measuring value? The denominator, price, is easy. It’s how much you are paying for the service. The quality part is harder. How do you define quality with respect to math tutoring? In the end, the quality part is a subjective interpretation of the information the tutor has provided and what you have learned through your research.

At Mathnasium of Roland Park, we offer a few key facts for our customers to factor into their quality evaluation. Consider them when making you quality calculation. Proven Results – Mathnasium publishes annual audited results for students following a standard Mathnasium program. The most recent audit revealed a test increase ranging between 11-34 points over only a three month period.

Frequency of Tutoring – We recommend 10-12 sessions per month, but allow our students to attend every day we are open for the same price. We operate like a gym – you pay a flat fee and use it as much as you want. Like a good workout program, most students attend 2-3 times per week. Curriculum and Materials – Our curriculum covers basic math concepts and ends at the calculus level. It has been developed by our founder, Larry Martinek, over 30 years and is constantly evolving. Our student work library contains over 20,000 problem sets to use to tailor the student’s learning plan to meet their specific needs. Instructor Qualifications – All Mathnasium instructors must pass a rigorous math literacy exam to qualify to work at Mathnasium. Once they pass the exam, they take eight hours of training and provide regular coaching from the Center Director, Jim Trexler.

We believe these quality factors and our philosophy of “work hard, have fun, get better” make us the best value for math tutoring in the greater Baltimore area. When considering our math tutors ask them how they match-up to our quality, then plug in the price and see where the best value is. We are confident it will be Mathnasium of Roland Park.

Call us today at (443) 863-0531 
to schedule your appointment.

Sincerely,

Jim Trexler
Center Director
Mathnasium of Roland Park
(443) 863-0531

Mathnasium of Roland Park Offers Math Solutions for Every Child

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At Mathnasium of Roland Park, we specialize in teaching kids math the way that makes sense to them.

  • Expert Math Tutors
    We only tutor math and specialize in grades 2-12. Using the time-tested, proprietary Mathnasium Method™, we’re committed to helping your child catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math.
  • Custom Learning Plans & Personalized Instruction
    Your child will receive personalized instruction and a customized learning plan based on their unique needs and goals. The results are measurable progress and confidence in math.
  • SAT, ACT, ISEE Preparation
    We have specialized modules to help with standardized tests and provide individualized tutoring for SAT, ACT, and ISEE exams. Our tutors have the knowledge and skills to teach at the calculus level and beyond.
  • Homework Help
    Our math tutors provide homework help that addresses gaps in knowledge and teaches proper study skills. Homework will be seen as a welcome challenge and an opportunity for further learning.

Call us today at (443) 863-0531 
to schedule your appointment.

Sincerely,

Jim Trexler
Center Director
Mathnasium of Roland Park
(443) 863-0531

Sports Star? Art Star? Math Stars Shine at Mathnasium

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inner_mainImage_aboutParents are willing to do just about anything to help their children succeed. Whether it’s athletics, art, or music, we spend thousands of dollars every year helping our kids become the star quarterback, the lead in the play, or the featured soloist in the concert.

But what about math?

Just like organizations that serve to enhance a child’s sports skills, artistic ability or musical talent, Mathnasium attracts gifted STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and helps them master math. All of the instructors at Mathnasium are highly competent up to or beyond calculus.

“We have the brain power to help any student looking to take their math competency to the next level,” says Jim Trexler, Center Director of Mathnasium of Roland Park. “About 30 percent of our kids are working beyond their grade level, we expect that trend to continue.”

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