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Our next Big Little Biz feature is all about Mathnasium, The Math Learning Center in Turlock! We spoke with Ramona Eshagh, the Center Director to learn some history about the business, the services they provide, and how she has seen the pandemic affect our students academics. Read on to learn more about this growing biz!
Can you tell us a little bit about your business’ history?
The idea of opening a math learning center was born out of the desire to bring STEM opportunities to students in Turlock. Although the Bay Area is in our backyard, the opportunities afforded to students there do not translate to students in Turlock. Our aim is to provide STEM, Coding and Robotics opportunities to students in Turlock and the surrounding area. Math being one of the foundational building blocks in STEM opened the door to realizing this dream.
What services do you provide during the school year?
Mathnasium provides more than just math tutoring and homework help. We create a personalized learning plan for each student, meeting them at their math ability level to build the foundation gaps that are missing in their math education. We also provide test prep and enrichment programs.
What services do you provide during the summer?
Summertime is the perfect time to get caught up and prepared for the next year. In addition to our regular Mathnasium session, we are working on hosting summer camps and that will include coding and robotics.
Why do you think it is important for students to get supplemental support outside of school?
Supplemental support provides kids a safe environment to learn math in a way that makes sense to them. Math is a subject that builds on itself and takes repetition to master. If a child struggles with addition, they tend to struggle with multiplication since it is repeated addition. Struggling with multiplication makes division seem as an impossible task. Every child learns differently. There is not a one approach fits all when teaching math. Getting supplemental support allows kids to learn at their pace while building the foundational knowledge to succeed in their educational journey.
How are you seeing the pandemic affecting academics in students?
Attending school in person provided accountability for students. Distance learning does not provide any accountability. Teachers are trying their best to teach students but are dealing with technical difficulties along with a lack of participation from students while trying to teach the learning targets outlined in Common Core. Unfortunately, we are dealing with a silent pandemic where students have suffered a great learning loss due to the pandemic.
Do you have anything fun planned for this summer for students?
We are planning to host math camps that will include chess, robotics, and coding. We hope to expand this to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) offerings in the future.
What do you enjoy about being a part of the Turlock community?
During this pandemic, I have witnessed the Turlock community coming together to support one another and small businesses alike. Residents are welcoming, friendly and helpful. Parks are abundant and there are many extracurricular activities for kids to participate in. I feel blessed to live in this community.
What do you like about HeyTurlock that drew you to become a HeyFave?
The HeyTurlock events calendar is what drew me to become a HeyFave member. Having that as a resource available free to residents and businesses alike is a wonderful opportunity for our community.
Mathnasium is located at 2842 Geer Rd, Turlock, CA 95382. They are open Monday-Thursday from 3:30pm-7:30pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.