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## 5 Tips to Get Writing Rolling

I love to write, but on some days the words flow more easily than on others.

So many students resist writing and it’s often because they can’t get started. I try several approaches:

Brainstorming ideas and jotting them down as they emerge can help by getting those ideas out without worrying about the shape they’ll take. I tell my students that Step One is to locate your thoughts and Step Two is to worry about how...

## Little Kids Learning to Count

Parents are thrilled when their child first gives evidence of  "knowing her numbers." Little Suzy has learned to count! And sure enough, four-year-old Suzy can point to objects and recite One, Two,

But what does Suzy really know? What's really going through her head as she rattles off these words?

## Math Instruction Should Be More Brain-Friendly (Including Five Study Tips)

I've been tutoring math my whole life (since I was twelve! No kidding!...a topic for some other post), and I've never met anyone who couldn't do math. It always seemed to me that the problem was not with the person, but with some preconceived...

## Five Tips for Helping Your Child (or Yourself!) Learn Math

Many kids (and adults) struggle to learn math because classroom instruction isn't enough to master this subject.
For one thing, math is cumulative.

A student needs to master the earlier concepts before being able to understand the later ones.
This means that if a kid falls behind the pace of the class he's going to rapidly become more and more lost and confused.

Another problem is that becoming good at math requires active practice.

Listening to a...

## “Math” and “School” Are an Imperfect Fit

It's no wonder that learning math is quicker or easier for some people than for others. Math is not a natural skill. There's no "math part of the brain" that automatically seeks out and absorbs algebra.

We learn math by painstakingly linking each new concept or procedure to what we already know. Our brains do this by building complex webs of connections between neurons leading to multiple brain areas. This process can't happen overnight!

So many of us have negative feelings about our experiences learning math, and we walk around thinking of ourselves as “not math people.” And there is so much hype these days about math being easy and natural and fun for kids to learn, but then again we see so many of our children struggling.

Why, truly, is math so hard (let’s face it, it is!) for kids and adults alike? Part of the answer lies in...

## Doing the Math: A Tutor’s Bread and Butter

This series of blogs is devoted to learning and mathematics.
Having said this, half of you are now on your way out the door…but please wait! We’re going to start by looking at why so many of us hate and avoid math, and why so many of our kids have trouble with this subject.

True Confession:  I’m a math tutor, but I'm not “a math person.” I’m much more of the literary,...

## I’m Always Learning

Life is the Only Game Where the Object is to Learn the Rules

Isn't this a great way to think about life?... As a challenging game in which we're constantly figuring out...