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Fractions, Decimals, Percents Boot Camp with Pizza!

For 5th and 6th graders: one 4-hour boot camp
For 7th and 8th graders: one 4-hour boot camp

It is uncanny how many students tell me something like, “I hate fractions,” or “I never understood fractions.” I might be tutoring a very bright high school senior getting a B in calculus who tells me that she never really “got” fractions or that whenever she is faced with a calculus problem involving one or more fractions, she always feels a bit unsure of herself.

Fraction frustration makes every math course more difficult than it needs to be. And fractions are literally everywhere in the high school math curriculum. You can take any textbook from any high school math course and open it to a random page, and it is more likely than not that you will see one or more fractions on that page.

I wish I knew the exact cause of this widespread fraction-frustration malady. My guess is that during the critical month or months in elementary school when students first study fractions and how to work with them, something doesn’t click, negative feelings about fractions arise, and then this negative mindset about fractions stays and stays.

What I do know is that any student who really wants to feel confident about any math subject (in junior high, high school, or college) must achieve a solid understanding of fractions. An understanding of fractions — and the closely related topics of decimals and percents — is also important for success in science courses, business courses, and just about any subject that uses numbers. Last, but not least, the three-in-one topic of fractions, decimals, and percents is by far the most practical of all math topics. The everyday math of buying and selling, dealing with money, taxation, measurement, design etc., etc. is heavily reliant on fractions, decimals, and percents. Anyone who desires to be mathematically self-reliant needs to master this ubiquitous topic.

The good news is that fraction, decimal, and percent math is not really all that difficult. There’s not that much to learn, and any student can grasp the basic principles involved.

This one-session boot camp will rid students of their fraction frustration (or, at the very least, reduce it). As a result, they will find every subsequent math course they take somewhere between a little and a lot easier.

Course Fee:

Full Price: $225
Early Registration: $200 ($25 off) (through June 1st)
Registering with a Friend: $200 ($25 off)
Early Registration with a Friend: $175 ($50 off)

Save an additional $10 by paying with a credit card.

Dates and Times:

First 3-week session:

Section A (for 5th-6th graders): One 4-hour class from 2 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, June 23

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Section B (for 7th-8th graders): One 4-hour class from 2 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, June 30

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Second 3-week session:

Section D (for 7th-8th graders): One 4-hour class from 2 PM to 6 PM on Saturday, July 14

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Section E (for 7th-8th graders): One 4-hour class from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, July 21

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