The following article is a paid West Windsor & Plainsboro News Advertising Feature
Peter Markovitz (founder and CEO of Mathnasium Corporation), and Julia Fung.

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer may seem endless to children enjoying a respite from school. However, as the new school year begins, children may find that they’re a bit rusty in certain subjects—especially in math. Few subjects build on concepts and skills learned in years prior as much as mathematics and many children are simply not ready to pick up where they had left off before the summer break.

“Kids who spent the summer without engaging in math activities may need some extra time and help to build their math muscles back up. For many, this can result in poor performance in the early part of the academic year,” says Julia Fung, owner and center director of Mathnasium of Plainsboro. “Left unchecked, these setbacks do add up.”

“Children don’t hate math, but they do hate being confused and intimidated by it,” Fung says. “Our goal is to help children develop confidence, understanding and a lifelong love of math.”

Mathnasium, the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, specializes in teaching math in a way that makes sense to kids. Fung says, “When math makes sense, kids excel—whether they’re far behind or eager to get ahead.” The proprietary Mathnasium Method™ is the result of 40-plus years of hands-on instruction and research and focuses on a three-pronged approach: evaluate, educate and validate.

“We offer one-on-one instruction to elementary, middle and high school students who fit into three categories – those who struggle in math and need to catch up, those who want to keep up, and those who excel in math and want to advance to the next level, ” Fung explains. “Regardless of which category a child fits into, our goal is still the same, which is to help each child advance to the next level, and then the next level, and so on.”

Through comprehensive written and oral tests, a student’s knowledge gaps are determined. Based on these test results, a personalized learning program is developed for each student that includes diagnostics, instruction, worksheets, manipulatives, and games to build number sense. Mathnasium provides students with customized programs that, with two or three hours per week of study, shake off the fog of summer and prepare kids for the challenges that lie ahead.

Mathnasium students have shown significant increases in performance on standards-based tests in 20 sessions or fewer, the equivalent of just a few months’ work.

Parents usually drop off their children at Mathnasium twice a week for one hour sessions. The usual teacher-to-student ratio is one-to-three and session costs are typically less than the cost of tutoring, with better results.

During a typical Mathnasium Hour, a student learns new concepts and practices skills they already know that need reinforcing, while always receiving individual attention from a very qualified and highly trained staff.

Mathnasium also provides customized test prep services for SAT/ACT/SSAT and other standardized tests.

Mathnasium. 4 Market Street, Plainsboro. mathnasium.com/plainsboro.