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City of Brookfield — A little extra help can go a long way.

That’s the goal of the new Mathnasium at the Sendik’s Towne Centre, 18905 W. Capitol Drive.

The new business opened in November with the goal of helping students of all ages in the Brookfield area to build confidence and fill in learning gaps while getting extra assistance with their math classes and homework.

“We are a math learning center. Our mission is to teach children math in a way that makes sense to them,” Mathnasium director Ann Yurkowitz said. “We believe that whether a student is trying to catch up, keep up, or get ahead, we have a program for them.”

The Mathnasium is a company that was started in California. It prides itself on personalizing learning plans for each student that comes through its doors. Yurkowitz previously worked as an instructor at the Mathnasium in Whitefish Bay.

“We get rid of some nomenclature that maybe doesn’t make sense to some students, like when you’re adding fractions and have to find a ‘common denominator,’” Yurkowitz said. “We change the language so we can add it or subtract it. If you have two apples and three apples, you have five apples. You can’t have two apples and three bananas. There’s no such thing as a banapple.”

So far the Brookfield Mathnasium has 10 students enrolled who come from a variety of grades and situations.

“We have flexible scheduling so they are welcome to come in any time during our open hours,” Yurkowitz said. “They don’t need to make an appointment. We want to make it easy for parents.”

The instructors

Mathnasium’s instructors are not required to be certified teachers; however, Yurkowitz noted that she puts applicants through an extensive screening process. The Brookfield location’s current instructors range from students at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University to a retired actuary.

The Mathnasium is not directly affiliated with the Elmbrook School District, nor any of the private schools in the area, but the facility maintains open lines of communication with teachers in order to coordinate how to help students.

“With parental permission, I contact our students’ math teacher or classroom teacher on a weekly basis and we touch base about what’s going on in the classroom, if there are any tests or quizzes coming up,” Yurkowitz said. “The teachers have been very responsive and really supportive. We have the same goal.”

One teacher who has been impressed with the assistance that the Mathnasium has been able to provide is St. John Vianney third-grade teacher Chloe Kilian.

“It’s been very helpful so far. It’s been a really positive program for this student. I’ve seen her confidence grow in such a short time and her actual knowledge of the content has increased from the help of Mathnasium,” Kilian said.

Kilian noted that the Mathnasium has gone above and beyond other tutoring facilities that she is familiar with.

“I think the great part about their program is the communication with the teacher. Traditional tutoring places don’t often make that a priority,” Kilian said. “I would definitely recommend it and I think it’s a great program.”

For more information on the Brookfield Mathnasium go to http://www.mathnasium.com/brookfield or call 262-505-5723.

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