MATH TUTORING SERVICES
MATH AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING
You’ve probably heard of the term “executive functioning,” which is simply a buzzword for organization. It's an umbrella term encompassing a realistic sense of time, sequencing, and cause and effect. As a private math tutor, I look at this from a macro and micro perspective.
On the macroscale, students with good cognitive control can:

Get all their materials together to sit down and do their homework independently with enough time to complete the evening’s tasks

Remember to bring all the resources they need from school or at home and to quickly find assignments, folders, and notebooks.

Effectively set up and follow action plans over extended periods for bigger projects, such as writing a lab report or studying for a test without leaving things until the last minute.

Keep track of assignment due dates and hand things in on time.
On the microscale, students with good cognitive control can:

Work clearly and sequentially through multistep problems that require many operations or rules.

Use the space on the page appropriately.

Refrain from skipping steps when problemsolving, superimposing numbers on top of each other, or forgetting to write things down.

Develop good handeye coordination, which means the size of their writing stays consistent across the page.
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But don’t start jumping to conclusions—sometimes, a messy backpack is just a messy backpack. Every kid is different.
However, if you notice that your child is having a tough time with any of the above skills, they could benefit from coaching and organizational support. Strong executive functioning doesn't just build happier, more confident math learners; it ensures students have a solid framework to handle increased workloads when more challenging science and math courses come along in high school.
How I Help Students Develop Executive Functioning
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If you’ve read my science tutoring page, you know I firmly believe that every subject you study in school equips you with different approaches to problemsolving that you carry with you for life. Organizing your thinking for math processing is the cornerstone to successfully acquiring these skills. When you learn math, you’re learning how to manage multistep processes in what is essentially another language, and it’s not always easy.
“But when am I ever going to use this?”
Although you may hate to admit it, we’ve probably all experienced The Pythagorean Theorem, The Quadratic Equation, or some other random discreet piece of math knowledge popping into our heads at random times in our adult lives. While the equations themselves aren’t helpful or practical, there was more going on than you may have given yourself credit for when you learned them.
When you learned the Pythagorean Theorem, you learned how to work with proportional pieces of information in groups and to see the relationships between them and how they function together. When you learned the Quadratic Equation, you learned how to solve previously unsolvable factoring problems. The list goes on. For every discreet piece of information you learn in math, a network of connections in your brain develops along with it.
Parents who call me for upper school science tutoring often tell me that their child is having a hard time “because of the math.” And yes, sometimes they are. Missing pieces are a real thing. However, more often than not, they’re having a hard time with the math thinking rather than the math doing. I like to think of math as a brain gym where you can enjoy knowing that you’re building math muscle memory that sticks with you for life.
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Math is one of the only subjects that starts in kindergarten and continues throughout senior year. As a result, I’ve enjoyed working with students as young as 4th grade up through precalculus in 11th grade. I've also tutored upper school biology, chemistry, and physics for over ten years, giving me a unique perspective on how learners develop each year, what skills are developed at each level, and the spectrum of ability at different grade levels.
Most importantly, I know how foundational math and executive functioning skills affect learning outcomes in high school and what needs to be done to fill in the blanks. While I support Geometry and sometimes Algebra II/Trigonometry, my specialty is catching and remediating processing glitches that start to present in Algebra.
When your child works with me as their private math tutor, I take time to understand who they are and identify the missing fundamentals that may hold them back. I use this information to teach them what they need to learn in the way they learn best.
When math skills become life skills, students are set up for a successful crossdivisional high school career.
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The NYC private school system is one of the most academically rigorous and competitive in the world, and some of our public schools’ graduate students with college credit already under their belts. New Yorkers are a different breed. Our goals can be a little more ambitious, our courses can be a little more advanced, and our students are often aiming for top tier universities. While there are thousands of great tutors out there, only a New York City tutor understands this unique landscape and how to accommodate student’s social emotional wellbeing in this environment. I work with students across the country via Zoom. Believe it or not, most high school students prefer this. But for those that don’t, being based in NYC means I can come to your home in select areas of Manhattan or Brooklyn for inperson sessions.
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Any math tutor can teach you the foundational content, which is better than nothing, but most kids need much more for independence and longterm success. Unless you simultaneously build scaffolding, there’s a very small chance that the material will stick enough for students to work through problems independently. It’s like dumping a bunch of Scrabble tiles onto a table with no rules, personal tiles, or board to play on and saying, “Ok, go win the game!”.
As an organizational private math tutor with a long history of coaching kids with alternative thinking patterns, I know how to help students develop lasting pathways to learning.
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On the macroscale, I collaborate with students to create a system of notetaking, scheduling, and information storage (tests, quizzes, homework, etc.) that works for them.
On the microscale, I love helping neurodivergent students build an awareness of when their thinking might start to run ahead of them and providing them with the tools to reset. For most of us, this is usually as simple as taking a deep breath, but for kids that have executive functioning challenges, and especially those with coexisting ADHD, fine motor, or sensory processing symptoms, that doesn’t always do the trick. I use the awareness of these moments to teach students skills to ward off confusion or frustration in the moment so they can selfregulate, stay organized in their thoughts, and keep the momentum to be productive in their work.
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Yes, Learning Math is Important
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Why Does an NYC Math Tutor Make a Difference?
AVAILABILITY AND SERVICE AREAS â€‹
For sessions:
Monday – Thursday 4:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 8 p.m. (E.S.T.)
I work with students in their homes in Manhattan below 86th street and in central Brooklyn, but I don't choose neighborhoods, they choose me. This means I travel to you or Zoom based on bookings, and the early bird gets the worm. Priority for inperson sessions is given to students that need an Algebra tutor to help develop stronger executive functioning skills.
For parents:
I provide detailed feedback at the end of every month with your invoice, but that doesn’t mean I’m not available for chats in the interim if need be. Email me anytime! Sometimes, Im able to call you back right away, but if I'm not, I will always get back to you by the end of the day to set up a time to speak.
For support teams:
For students that have an IEP, 504, accommodation based on a neuropsych evaluation, etc., it's important for their team to be on the same page. I'm happy to include school learning specialists, and/or other professionals involved in your child's learning on progress reports if that's your choice. Additional meetings at the school or phone calls with support teams are charged at your session rate.
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â€‹I don’t work with students per se, but rather with families supporting the long term science and math needs of all siblings in the household. Each families' circumstances are unique, so rates reflect that. Your rate depends on a lot of factors: how many kids, what grade level, in person vs online, and if inperson, which neighborhood? However, to give you a ballpark, my rate will never be less than $120 or more than $220 for 1on1 sessions.
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Freshman year is a year of transition for students. The volume of the work load is heavier. The type of work is more challenging ... and that's for kids that are staying in their same K12 for high school. For a lot of students this year also means switching schools. Sometimes this just means acclimating to a new social circle at another private school, and sometimes it means switching school systems entirely. There are lots of pros and cons to both the public and private school systems in NYC, but there are some essential things to keep in mind when your child is about to switch schools.
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In general, the math curriculum in private schools and specialized public high schools is a year ahead of the general public system. This means that students in public schools often take Algebra in 9th grade, but this course is usually already completed in 8th (or sometimes even 7th) grade in private schools. If you have a smarty pants on your hands that got a place in a specialized public high school (Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, etc.), or you have decided to move into the private system for high school, they will need to fill in the Algebra gap with tutoring.
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Classroom sizes are smaller in private schools, which means there are more opportunity for students to get individual attention, and for parents to have access to teachers. Even so, there are lots of reasons a private school isn't always the best fit. If your student is moving out of the private system into public school, they will now be in classrooms with 34 students as opposed to 1218, and courses move quickly . They may need help getting used to working more quickly and independently.
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While nothing can tailor your child's education to their needs as personally as homeschooling can, not all parents or microschool communities have the resources to teach higherlevel science and math. Even if they do, some kids just want a more typical high school experience. If you are homeschooling and worried about checking all the boxes as you move into a public or private high school, a private math tutor can help you get up to speed and transition confidently.