Frequently Asked General Questions
- What is MathEdge?
- What is MathEdge’s teaching method/philosophy?
- What classes or programs does MathEdge offer?
- What makes MathEdge different from other math programs (i.e. Kumon, Mathnasium, etc.)?
- What do you mean by “problem solving?” How does that differ from what my child is learning in school?
- How can MathEdge help my child, especially if he or she is already good at math?
- How long have you been in business?
- Where are you located?
Q: What is MathEdge?
A: MathEdge is an educational program focusing on the problem-
More importantly, though, MathEdge gives students confidence and the skills to tackle any type of problem, academic or otherwise. Problem solving is what math is all about. As students discover how to solve problems they previously thought were impossible, they will apply the same calm thought process to all of life’s problems!
Q2: What is MathEdge’s teaching method/philosophy?
A: MathEdge was created to teach students to apply problem-
The classes at MathEdge are interactive and dynamic. We not only introduce problem-
Students learn best by working through problems, articulating their thought processes, and thereby learning and discovering better reasoning skills. In this way, they learn knowledge that stays with them for a lifetime.
Q3: What classes or programs does MathEdge offer?
A: We have classes, training, and programs for K-
Our Writing+ program (introduced in Fall 2010) teaches students the traits of good writing based on a 6-
Q4: What makes MathEdge different from other math programs (i.e. Kumon, Mathnasium, etc.)?
A: We primarily teach problem solving and competitive mathematics instead of focusing on rote memorization. Unlike many other math programs, MathEdge classes are taught in a classroom setting with relatively small class sizes. Our students are already advanced in math, and we have instructors who are capable of teaching at such a high level and demanding more from our students—just like a coach in any competitive sport or event. MathEdge also trains students to compete in math contests at the national and international levels. While it is difficult to win at such large-
Q5: What do you mean by “problem solving?” How does that differ from what my child is learning in school?
A: Unlike computational mathematics, problem-
While schools may teach some problem solving, MathEdge emphasizes it. Our math courses cover how to approach solving problems, possible problem solving strategies, and the supporting mathematical concepts. Getting the right answer is only of secondary importance. The primary goal is to understand and apply the methods. Therefore, writing or articulating how to get the answer is more important than getting the correct answer. MathEdge+ students are required to be able to clearly communicate their thinking process and how they reached their answers.
Q6: How can MathEdge help my child, especially if he or she is already good at math?
A: We have our prospective students take chapter and concept assessment tests and then place them according to their assessment grade and ability. We provide structured classes during the regular school year that teach children how to critically read a problem, solve it, and communicate what the problem is and how its solution works. We also have summer sessions where our curriculum is based on the individual child’s needs and is focused on improving a student’s area(s) of weakness. In short, our curriculum goes beyond simply learning formulas or finding answers to math problems. We emphasize the problem-
Q7: How long have you been in business?
A: MathEdge has been in business since 2003.
Q8: Where are you located?
A: MathEdge has centers and holds classes in Cupertino, Fremont, Palo Alto, Dublin, and Milpitas. Please see our Locations page to find the address and contact information for the site closest to you.