## Learning Skills Support and Math Anxiety Support

Math Study Skills Support

Do you feel like you are completely dependent on your teacher for learning math? That if you can't understand the lecture, and don't have a "good" book, then you are doomed to muddle your way painfully through the course? One of my favorite things to do is empower students to *teach themselves* mathematics - the end of educational codependency!! Learning Mathematics is not the same as learning Biology or History or English (even thought math IS a language), it requires a different skill set and approach. Retraining your learning habits to become productive and fruitful takes time and practice, but is possible and I can help you find your way. We can together discover how you are sabotaging your own learning process and help you find doable ways to get your feet pointed in the right direction. Just imagine being able to sign up for a math class knowing that even if you don't get the "best professor" you'll be able to sit down and learn the material on your own - what freedom! Or imagine knowing that with the help of a class or not, if you wanted to learn something you could scout out a good book and just sit down and learn it!

This really is my deepest desire for all the students I have ever had - to help them crack open the shell of what has kept them locked in confusion and dependency in learning mathematics and step by step learn how to teach themselves, develop strong mathematical intuition, and learn how to know difference between being mathematically creative and mathematically incorrect.

Once a Week Support Class -

I am offering a one hour and 15 minute a week study skills support course for the Spring 2012 semester. This class will not meet the week of Spring Break or after Final Exams have begun. This is open to college level students and high school level students in geometry or above. Much of the course will be guided by the needs of the attending students, but topics we will cover may include: getting the most out of a math lecture, math and logic language/ how to get the most from reading a math textbook, learning math as a language and communicating mathematics clearly (to yourself and others!), understanding theorem statements and proofs, how to do homework so that it contributes optimally to learning/understanding, preparing for exams and quizzes, studying for a final, overcoming math anxiety/test anxiety, relaxing into doing your best, etc. Registration closes on January 23rd . Day and time will be set according to the needs of registered students. A total of 13 hours of support for $150 per student. There must be a minimum of 3 students registered in the class for it to run.

Speaking the language of Mathematics -

This will be a short course, meeting four times for one hour and a half each time. We will talk about why it's important to view mathematics as a language, how it can help you learn math more easily to be careful and clear with the language of it, the difference between reading a statement as a mathematical statement versus a colloquial statement, how to parse a mathematical statement correctly, the converse of a statement, the contrapositive of a statement, negations of statements, and more. Practice problems will be given to be done independently and will be discussed together. A total of 6 hours of support for $75 per student. There must be at least 3 students registered in the class for it to run.

Math Anxiety Support

I am happy to offer mentoring for overcoming math anxiety. Through a combination of learning your math history, active listening, emotional release/relaxation techniques, and creating together a plan for developing new math habits and beliefs, we can find a way to help you move forward in mathematics with more confidence and clarity and less anxiety. We can meet for an inital one hour assessment for $30. Subsequent sessions are $45 per hour and fifteen minutes.