What if virtually every student could be great at math? What if there was no such thing as being bad at math? How many doors would open? How many limitations would disappear? And how different would the world be if every student felt confident enough to reach for more?
These are the ideas that Mathnasium was founded on. We believe that excelling at math is within the reach of virtually every student.
“You’ve heard the expression, ‘I hate math,’” said Larry Martinek, Founder and Principal Education Advisor. “But I’m going to make a very bold statement — people do not hate math. People hate being frustrated. They hate being embarrassed. It’s not the math that people hate. I challenge people: Is it the math that you dislike or is it the experience you had in the classroom? Our goal is to teach math to kids in a way that makes sense to them, and that’s why our kids are so enthusiastic about math, because our method works.”
The Mathnasium Method is radically different from other tutoring concepts because we treat our individual students like individuals. We know that every student has their own way of learning, their own problem areas, and their own goals.
Our method begins with a diagnosis that assesses where the student is and we create a customized learning plan that is designed to take them where they need to go. Our plan takes every student’s individual learning style into account, giving them agency over the process.
The Mathnasium proprietary curriculum is designed to be engaging and fun, and our highly trained instructors aspire to be the one teacher every student remembers forever.
And of course, we incentivize success. Students have an opportunity to win big prizes by completing assignments and showing continued improvement.
“If you walk into a Mathnasium center, you might be startled because there will be 20 kids, and they will be learning math, and there won’t be a frown in the house,” Martinek says. “We take into account the experience the students are having. Our centers are focused on more than the cognitive side, also including how they’re feeling. Our kids learn more because they feel great about what they’re learning, and that’s an experience that they can’t get anywhere else.”
Since 2004, Watson Education has conducted several independent studies showing that the Mathnasium Method works. In fact, Watson Education found that Mathnasium has been shown to improve student results on standardized tests in 20 sessions or fewer.
Our ability to deliver results, as well as help children fall in love with math is why Mathnasium is so beloved by parents:
“Parents enroll their kids in Mathnasium because we help their kids catch up, keep up, get ahead, and stay ahead,” Martinek says. “Our marketing slogans, ‘Changing lives through math,’ and ‘Making math make sense,’ are not hyperbole. This is what we do every single day of our lives.”
Long before the pandemic changed the way education was delivered overnight, Mathnasium was pioneering an online program that would allow students to receive the same high-quality instruction that they get in our centers, but at home.
This is exactly what Mathnasium@home is currently doing. Not only does it expand the profit potential of our franchisees beyond their four walls, but it allows their students flexibility to learn math on their own terms.
“For many years, many companies have tried to create software that teaches math to children, and that is not at all what we do,” says Shant Assarian, CEO of Mathnasium. “We replicate our in-center experience online, with the same one-on-one learning approach that makes Mathnasium so effective. This maximizes the convenience to families who want to attend Mathnasium. They can continue Mathnasium education anywhere they are in the world. This, in turn, maximizes the business potential of our franchisees.”