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Mathonia


Teaching Math — The Mathonia Way

Personalized & Individualized Tutoring System that inspires
Critical Thinking, Analytical Skills and Confidence.

Tutoring by Tutors with Compassion, Education and
Experience in teaching Math, ACT Prep & Physics.

Helping the students achieve mastery of the subject
following the State of Illinois Common Core Standards
preparing them for a fast-changing world.

♦ Mathonia — For the Passion of Teaching ♦
Not a Franchise — Not a Worksheet Dispensing Center.

Mathonia Tutoring System

The Mathonia Tutoring methodology provides the essentials for success to students. It is Real Teaching, thoughtfully tailored to each individual student, with focus on both the long-term and short-term objectives.

Common Core Standards — and Beyond

Long before the 'Common Core Standards' mandated to become the 'standard' of teaching at our public schools, Mathonia has been following the same standards at its 'core'.

Teaching and preparing students following the Standards of the Common Core requires a lot more preparation and work on part of the teachers. Above all, teachers themselves have to be well versed and comfortable with concepts and methodology involved in the teaching process.

Teacher at Mathonia are well versed and fully trained to teach our students following on the state of Illinois Common Core Standards - We go a few steps further, though.

High School and College Level:

Working with our high school and college students, we go steps ahead of the standards of their schools and take an analytical approach to teaching. The idea is to help them understand the concepts so thoroughly that they can decipher and solve any problem presented to them by their teachers — Through examples, modeling, and visual aids, we help them see the sequential and relational connections between the myriad of postulates, theorems and formulas. They should be able to improvise and derive their own formulas to solve a given problem.

— We do improvise our teaching methodology based on the needs of our students:

While the in-depth conceptual understanding is essential to success in college and AP level exams, to help prepare our students for time sensitive tests, like the ACT, the focus is shifted more to teach them the methodology and techniques to figure out the correct answer fast.

Junior-high and Elementary School Level:

Teaching younger kids requires a deep understanding of the human learning process along with a thorough command of the current teaching methodologies in practice at their school. Further, in order to 'transfer the knowledge' to them, we need to connect with them at their level — We listen to them, and engage them in discussion to help them fully understand the concepts and ideas involved in the process of solving problems.

We are staunch believers in the system of education that promotes the mental attitude and process of Critical Thinking in kids at the earliest age — Every lesson and activity at Mathonia invokes the process of critical thinking in our students.

Mathonia Tutors & The Task of Tutoring our students:

Teaching Math, specifically to younger students, is a very specialized job. The essentials for effectively teaching are:

  • Proper education and training in the related fields.
  • Real work in testing and developing the Content and Material for teaching.
  • And, Passion for teaching and educating our young generation.

Tutors at Mathonia have the Education, Experience and Passion necessary to teach and prepare students for success in Math, ACT, and Physics.

The Head Tutor at Mathonia, Mina Khan, has done her Ph.D studies in Mathematics and Computer Science with concentration in the application of mathematical Algorithms and Routines to solve complex and difficult to solve problems.

The Program Director at Mathonia, Parwaiz Khan, has a (sort of!) love affair with math. With education and training in math and physics, and a lot of experience, he is responsible for content and curriculum development at Mathonia. He has been tutoring high school kids, teaching math and preparing them for ACT tests, for many years.

Every tutor at Mathonia has the education, training, experience and passion for teaching — We do not relegate the responsibility of teaching kids to people with a couple of weeks of 'training' at some center to 'certify' them as 'trained tutors'.

Working together, Mina and Parwaiz continuously monitor and review the state of progress, and the areas that need more attention, of our students. Based on each individual student's level of preparedness, we adjust our teaching method, and the intensity of the delivery of information to best fit the needs of our students.

With our students' regular school in session, we continuously adjust and re-calibrate the material that has to be taught and the topics that have to be covered so that they stay on top of class, and, at the same time, keep on making up for the gaps and weaknesses that have been accumulated over years. It is a lot of work, and a tough task to accomplish. But, we do it — with passion — to help our students succeed.

The Mathonia Way

At Mathonia, the emphasis is on explaining the concepts and underlying rules in a way that is easy for kids to understand and to make sure that they are in agreement and comfortable with those concepts and rules. Our teaching philosophy is to stimulate our students' natural curiosity and promote critical thinking.

At Mathonia, it’s Real Teaching — Kids do not come to Mathonia to work on 'worksheets' and leave upon completing those worksheets. Neither do we have the Computers, Flash Movies or Picture Books to do the teaching. At Mathonia kids are taught every minute of the session and, hence, are expected to stay for the entire duration of the session and enjoy learning.

The objective is to prepare our students for the challenges of higher education — It is The Mathonia Way —

 

 

Mathonia Learning Center

1155 Waukegan Road
Glenview IL 60025
Phone:   (847) 281 – 5300
Email:   admin@mathonia.com

♦ The ACT ♦

To do well on the ACT, students must be attuned to reading and analyzing information very quickly to make the right choice fast.

The ACT tests your ability to read, interpret and reason - And, from the perspective of colleges, the presence of these skills are the indicators of college readiness.

Your objective here is to develop the techniques and learn the 'tricks' to figure out the right answer quick.

Mathonia's Student Specific ACT Prep Program is geared to best prepare students for optimal performance.

♦ Math ♦

Math is Cool

Math, in a way, is very much like K′inex or Lego’s, you make amazingly complex models by connecting very simple and easy to interconnect pieces together. The key is to come in tune with the underlying concepts and handle the pieces the correct way to click them together — The rest simply follows through.

Math is Cool

The beauty of Math is in its natural simplicity. Behind the scary mask that has been put upon it, there is a lovable face. The purity and inherent truth of its nature bestows upon math an aura of majesty. This mathematical majesty is trust and confidence inspiring.

From the simple Additions to Differential Equations and beyond, mathematics is a set of naturally simple to understand rules — From these very simple rules we derive the complex mathematical concepts and tools that help us solve many of our real world problems.

Math is Cool

The Quadratic Formula seems confusing to kids, but once explained properly, they get very comfortable with it.

Math is Cool

Pascal Triangle is pure fun. It helps us find Binomial Coefficients, and the Probability of complementary events - the easy way.

Math is Cool

Thirteenth Century Math Manuscript.
It was the commutative work of Mathematicians that provided us with the foundation of our modern Math.

 

Mathonia Learning Center

1155 Waukegan Road
Glenview   IL   60025

Phone:   (847) 281 – 5300

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Elegance in Simplicity

Mathematics — at its core — is comprised of simple, logical and straightforward concepts and rules that are natural for our human brains to grasp. These very simple concepts build on top of one another to give us math that seems very complicated and complex. But, the base of all the complex branches of math rests on the same simple rules and concepts that are so easy to grasp.

Once students fully understand the underlying concepts and natural rules that form the foundation of math, they start appreciating the inherent truth and beauty in math and love to play with it. Once working with math becomes fun for them the rest, of course, is easy.

Math – A Human Construct

Mathematics - simply put - is our way of measuring and quantifying the “things” around us. It is a tool that helps us clarify and understand concepts, ideas and objects. It is convenient and, at the same time, very powerful.

Our modern mathematics is an evolutionary product. It is the cumulative result of study and work done by the human race over thousands of years. It has evolved to be extremely sophisticated and complex to accommodate our exceedingly complex and sophisticated needs. But, at the the core of all its complexity are those same very simple and logical rules.

On its evolutionary journey, math has followed a very logical pathway — As a human construct, mathematics' purpose is to simplify our lives; not to complicate it.

When it comes to teaching Math to students, we have to explain to them the logic involved in each of its progressive steps. They should understand the reasoning and methodology involved in each step taken to solve a problem.

Once they come to understand the basic concepts and reasoning behind the solution methodology, they become comfortable with it and their natural curiosity guides them to play with math.

 

Math is Everywhere !

Our modern world rides on Math. Though invisible, Math is everywhere.

The driving engine of each and every Video Game is Math.

Mathematical algorithms are behind a lot of software that we use — Spreadsheets, Movie and Image Processing programs and Digital Signal Processors.

Animated movies and graphics (“Toy Story”, “Madagascar” , “Monster, Inc”, “Lion King” etc.) all drive on the elegant engine of mathematical algorithms.

Digital TV transmission, in fact all type of radio communication, relies on Mathematics.

All digital communication (think Internet), data integrity and security is based on math.

From designing Cars, Airplanes, Ships, and Toys to Weather Forecasting, Math is at work.

Without Math, we wouldn't have RSA Encryption and you wouldn't be able to do any thing securely online (shopping, bill payment, bank transactions etc).

Learning mathematics exposes you to a kind of logic and elegance you won't find anywhere else. Many of the greatest Computer Scientists are trained as Mathematicians.

All engineering professions are grounded in Math.

Scientific innovation and our human progress is dependent upon our command of Math.

And, with the right help and support, Kids will naturally love Math.

More practically — in this fast changing world — the earning potential of the next generation will heavily rely on their knowledge of Math.

On top of it all, Math is really Cool and Fun.

 

You can Count on it!