Before Judy contacted us when Zach scored 40% on a math test in his Geometry class.
Zach couldn’t finish homework, was behind in the class, and his grade was already really low after the first test. He was frustrated with making mistakes, getting stuck over and over, and generally couldn’t stand math.
After Zach consistently scored 90% on tests and quizzes.
He was able to finish homework and prepare for tests on his own, doing a lot of work without any help. In the following year, he kept scoring in a 90% range and ended up with 87%, even though he didn’t put in 100% effort because of “senior hiatus.”
How We Helped After the evaluation, even though Zach was taking Geometry, we found out that his fundamentals were very weak. His frustration with math came from getting stuck at the end of every problem, on simple math operations, linear equations, exponents and fractions. The mindset shift: Zach thought that he didn’t understand math because he is not a math person. He believed that someone either gets math or they don’t. Eventually, he learned with us that succeeding in math is a matter of practice and effort. It’s like working out, if you put enough reps, you get results. No one understands things at first, learning is often uncomfortable, you have to put in the work. After Zach realized that, he wasn’t beating himself up for not getting problems right on the first try, but instead put in the effort to understand more and practice. He realized the importance of experiential learning and strived to try solving problems, and learning from his mistakes.
Zach’s Transformation After we tackled the initial fundamental obstacles, Zach realized that he can succeed in math, in spite of previous tremendous difficulties. Overcoming this obstacles was a proof to him that he can do it.
After he became strong and fast with linear equations, exponents and fractions and their usage, Zach’s speed increased significantly. He scored 90% on the test, about 40 days after we started tutoring, and continue scoring high til the end of the semester.
Long-term Results Zach went on to score 87% in his final class in high school – Math Analysis.
Zach went to Oregon State/University of Oregon and scored 96% in his Calculus 1 class.