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Word Problem? No problem! Come to our free Word Problem Tea Party, Sat, March 27th, 11 am-12 noon eastern!

Friday, March 5th, 2021
A screenshot from our last math tea party!

By popular demand: I will be co-hosting a special math tea party with Mrs. B (of Tea With Mrs. B), entirely devoted to the wild and wonderful world of WORD PROBLEMS!

WHAT: Word Problem Tea Party

FOR: Elementary-aged students and their parents to attend together

WHEN: Saturday, March 27th @ 11am-12 noon eastern

COST: FREE!

At our word problem tea party, you will:

–Discover secret tools that will help you confidently crack ANY word problem–even the ones that seem complicated, overwhelming, or totally confusing!

–Hone your math skills with us, practicing word problems of your choice that you submit in advance.

–Take turns getting one-on-one magical math guidance from me!

Parents will learn easy ways to communicate with your child about math and get to see excellent math communication skills being modeled. 

–We will do it all in a joyful tea party environment, sprinkled with Mrs. B’s signature whimsy, etiquette, and fun!

You’ll be on your way to confidently saying, “Word Problem? NO PROBLEM!” as you sip your tea with confidence and flair!

Just click here to register!

I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA, 

the magical math unicorn


PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support!

Magical Math Tea Party, Sat 2/20 @ 10-11 am Eastern

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
A recent magical math tea party!

Do you wish you and your child could actually LOVE math?

Come and join me, the magical math unicorn, and kids-etiquette-legend Mrs. B for a virtual math lesson and tea time!

This is a special event for elementary school aged students and their parents to attend together.

We will unveil the secrets of making math magical so you and your child can actually LOVE math in 2021.

You will learn three secrets of making math magical that can be used on any problem, at any grade level.

We will practice applying these tools together, choosing from problems you send to us in advance, and participants will take turns getting help on their specific problems.

Brew your favorite tea and don your most festive party hat!

WHAT: Magical Math Tea Party

FOR: Elementary-aged students and their parents to attend together

WHEN: Saturday Feb 20th @ 10-11 am eastern

COST: FREE

Just click here to register!
I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA,

the magical math unicorn


PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support!

Me and my co-host, kids’ etiquette legend, Mrs. B!

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Magical Math Tea Party, Sat 1/23 @ 10-11 am Eastern

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Do you wish you could magically start the new year off right with math? 

Come and join me and kids-etiquette-legend Mrs. B for a FREE virtual math lesson and tea time!

This is a special event for elementary school aged students and their parents to attend together.

We will unveil the secrets of making math magical so you and your child can have a new, different, BETTER experience with math in 2021.  

You will learn simple, effective, fun tools that can be used on any problem, at any grade level.

We will practice applying these tools together, choosing from problems you send to us in advance, and participants will take turns getting help on their specific problems.

Brew your favorite tea and don your most festive party hat!

WHAT: Magical Math Tea Party

FOR: Elementary-aged students and their parents to attend together

WHEN: Saturday 1/23 @ 10-11 am eastern

COST: FREE

Click HERE to register!

I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA

PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support! I’ve been making math magical online since 2009 and I know how to do it in a way that is effective, fun, and energizing. So come and join us!

NOTE: While I work with students from 1st through 12th grade in my one-on-one math tutoring programs, this event is for elementary school students and their parents.

The Math Unicorn is on vacation until Jan 11th, 2021

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Just a heads up, I’m on holiday break until Monday Jan 11th, 2021.

I am pacing myself for the marathon of COVID and 2021, and want to make sure that I am replenished so I can fully serve my clients in the new year. 

So if you’re submitting an application for your child to tutor with me, or you’ve purchased an intro session, you’ll hear back from me on Mon Jan 11th.

I’m excited to connect with you in a re-energized state!

Sending you love,

REBECCA

The Math Unicorn is back! FREE Math Tea Parties – Sept 1 & 2, 2020

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

The other day, a rising 4th grader who came to our first math tea party wanted to know, “When is the next one?” 

Well, good news! Our next math tea party is next week!

And you’re invited!

Do you feel overwhelmed by suddenly having to teach your kid math?

Wondering how you’ll make it through another school year full of unknowns? 

Filled with dread trying to explain math homework? 

Would you rather eat razor blades than face another year of trying to do this alone?

Do you wish you could actually make math…magical? 

Then come join us this coming Tues 9/1 and Wed 9/2 at 4 pm eastern,
as I join forces with beloved tea party legend, Mrs. B of Tea With Mrs B
for this fun virtual event.

We will unveil the secrets of making math magical that I’ve discovered over my career as a Professional Math Unicorn, helping creative, passionate, unique kids achieve true math mastery.

You will learn simple, effective, fun tools that can be used on any problem and at any grade level.

Then we will practice applying these tools together, 
choosing from problems you bring to class, 
with participants taking turns in the spotlight getting help directly from me.

Wear your favorite tea party hat, and bring your favorite tea!

This event is designed for:
– parents, 
– or parents and kids *together*,
– but is NOT for kids to attend solo.   
(This is NOT a “drop-off” event.)

NOTE: This time we’re splitting it into two age groups: 

Tuesday, September 1st 

Time: 4-5pm eastern

Grades: 1 & 2

Cost: FREE

Location: virtual, on Zoom (link will be sent 24 hours prior to event)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER yourself & your 1st-2nd grader

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Wednesday, September 2nd

Time: 4-5pm eastern

Grades: 3 & up

Cost: FREE

Location: virtual, on Zoom (link will be sent 24 hours prior to event)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER yourself & your 3rd-12th grader

I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA

PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support! I’ve been making math magical online since 2009 and I know how to do it in a way that is effective, fun, and energizing. So come and join us!

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What to do when your kid’s math fills you with dread

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Is your kid a creative, passionate, unique, visionary of the future?

Case Study: A Rising 8th Grader Masters Her Summer Math Packet

Friday, August 14th, 2020

When this student came to me this past June, she had been invited to take a placement test in the fall to see if she would place into an honors math class, and wanted help pacing herself on her summer math packet.

I just found out that she placed into honors, and she was so excited when she told me that she screamed on the phone! I am SO proud of her hard work and persistence!

Here’s how we made it happen:

Openness and Trust. Throughout our sessions together, this student was extremely transparent about what she did and didn’t understand. This was enormously helpful, especially because while we thought the summer math packet consisted of review only, it turned out that a ton of material was stuff that this student had never learned. Her willingness to tell me whether she was elated or frustrated–frequently with a self-deprecating sense of humor–helped us build camaraderie and also made our work together much more effective.

Which brings us to…Adjust as you go. When we realized that we had a lot of material to cover from scratch, instead of just reviewing, we adjusted the plan and decided to meet more frequently.

Break it down. The packet was extra-challenging because each page was like a tossed salad, blending problems from all different parts of the curriculum. While this is a great strategy to use when you’re reviewing material, it is not an effective way to learn something new.

So we backtracked, and my student learned one prerequisite skill at a time, practicing it thoroughly until it felt comfortable and automatic. Then, we combined these skills in more complex problems, gradually building up to problems as hard as the ones in the packet.

Practice outside of sessions. I also gave this student individualized worksheets that gave her a chance to practice and internalize the skills we were working on, with answer keys so she could check her work as she went (instead of waiting to talk to me and then finding out that she had practiced something the wrong way). This was especially important because it was the summer and she wasn’t getting a regular dose of math from a school math class.

Feedback on solo work. After building up her skills, my student worked independently on chunks of the packet at the time. This way she got comfortable with problem sets where different kinds of problems are juxtaposed on one page, just like they would presumably be on the placement test. Then, when we worked together, we would go over all of her work so she knew she was on the right track.

Which brings us to, “What did I do wrong?” At first, my student just seemed annoyed with herself when she made a mistake, but I really emphasized to her that it’s okay if you make a mistake as long as you take the time to ask yourself why and learn from it. Scrutinizing and learning from errors gradually went from being an irritating chore to just a routine and helpful part of the learning process.

Enthusiasm. More than any other student I’ve ever worked with, this one has a great appreciation for mathematics’ dramatic resonance and poetic potential. When she learned how to find the solution to a system, she said that that would be a great name for a band. Frequently she remarked that new concepts we were going over would make the premise for a great science fiction story.

Her gleeful excitement about the greater meaning of what she was learning seemed to help her take the tough stuff more in stride, because even the “annoying” math procedures were part of something that was exciting to her.

Parental backup. The best tutoring happens when everyone works together as a team, and this student’s mom was totally focused on the process of learning. She made sure that her daughter completed assignments in between sessions (especially important during the summer). She asked me thoughtful questions about the material and her daughter’s progress that showed me she herself was deeply engaged with her daughter’s math material.

Because she was so organized and also willing to re-learn math and ask questions about the parts she wasn’t sure about, she was also a great role model to her daughter. Her involvement and support was instrumental in her daughter’s success.

I was so thrilled to hear that this student had rocked her placement test and placed into honors! Hooray!

***Update: I just found out today (12/7/2011) that my student got an A for the trimester in her honors math course! I love it when students become completely self-sufficient and continue to succeed after they “graduate” from tutoring. Hooray!!

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Five fun ways to help your kid learn math this summer
Case Study: An ADHD Student Raises Her Grade from a D to an A
Case Study: Regaining Love of Math

The Math Unicorn is Back! Free Magical Math Tea Parties, Thurs 5/14 and Fri 5/15 @ noon eastern!

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Yesterday, a 4th grader who came to our first math tea party wanted to know, “When is the next one?”

Well, good news! Our next math tea party is next week!

And you’re invited!

Do you feel overwhelmed by suddenly having to homeschool your child with math?

Wondering how you’ll make it through the rest of the school year?

Filled with dread trying to explain math homework?

Do you wish you could actually make math…magical?

Then come join us this coming Thurs 5/14 and Fri 5/15 @ noon eastern,
as I join forces with beloved tea party legend, Mrs. B of Tea With Mrs B,
for this fun virtual event.

We will unveil the secrets of making math magical that I’ve discovered over my career as a Virtual Magical Math Tutor, helping creative, passionate, unique kids achieve true math mastery.

You will learn simple, effective, fun tools that can be used on any problem and at any grade level.

Then we will practice applying these tools together,
choosing from problems you bring to class,
with participants taking turns in the spotlight getting help directly from me.

Wear your favorite tea party hat, and bring your favorite tea!

This event is designed for:
– parents, 
– or parents and kids *together*,
– but is NOT for kids to attend solo. 
(This is NOT a “drop-off” event.)

NOTE: This time we’re splitting it into two age groups: 

Thurs 5/14 @ noon eastern 
for 3rd graders and up, with their parents
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER yourself & your 3rd-12th grader

and Fri 5/15 @ noon eastern
for 1st & 2nd graders, with their parents
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER yourself & your 1st-2nd grader

COST: Free!  
LOCATION: On zoom! You’ll get the link when you register

And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support!

Related links:
Testimonial: I’m Officially a Math Unicorn
Case Study: a 5th grader goes from saying “Math Doesn’t Like Me” to singing and dancing about math while wearing a purple tutu
What Parents Of Math-Confident Children Secretly Do (That Typical Parents Don’t) – #1

Thurs April 23: Virtual Math Tea Party–you’re invited!

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Feeling stressed out about doing math with your child?

Come to our virtual math tea party, Thurs April 23rd, 6-7:30 pm eastern!

Parents have been thrust into a trial by fire—learning to balance on the tightrope between our jobs and as de-facto in-home teachers.

If you’re finding yourself at the end of that (tight) rope, and you’d like support, join me (along with co-host, beloved etiquette legend Mrs. B of Tea With Mrs. B) for a virtual math lesson and tea time!

During this lesson:

1. We will unveil the secrets of making math magical. You will learn simple, effective, fun tools that can be used on any problem, at any grade level. 

2. We will practice applying these tools together, choosing from problems you bring to tea. Participants will take turns getting help on their specific problems.

Brew your favorite tea, and don your most festive party hat! 

Please email 1-3 math problems in advance to work through together during the call. 

We are in this together, and will walk you through this rather intimidating subject with our signature magic and whimsy. 

WHEN: Thurs April 23rd, 6-7:30 pm eastern (register here)

WHERE: on zoom! (link provided after registration)

COST: It’s FREE! Parents and children are welcome to attend together or parent may attend on his or her own.

AGES: Parents & children from 3rd-12th grade

I’m excited to see you there!!

Sending you love,
REBECCA,
The Professional Math Unicorn 😉

PS. Just click here to register!

Math Tutoring Is Not Cancelled

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

I know that your school/community is probably either closed, switching to remote learning, or deciding to do one or the other, and that this is probably super stressful for you.

I’ve been working remotely with all my clients since 2010. Working this way is totally normal for me.

So if you (or someone you know) are looking for one-on-one remote math tutoring during this time—even when you’re super stressed, worried, overwhelmed, and/or uncertain—just call me, 617-888-0160, or email me, rebeccazook@gmail.com.

We are in an exceptional time, but learning is not cancelled. Mastery is not cancelled. Creativity is not cancelled. Joy is not cancelled. Math tutoring is not cancelled.

I’m here for you.

Sending you love,
REBECCA
Professional Math Unicorn

PS. Please share with anyone you think might find this helpful!

PPS. Here’s what one of my student’s mom’s recently shared about their experience with me: “My daughter just did not get math. At all. As she progressed through elementary and middle schools, tutored all the way, she kept falling further behind.

“[Now], my daughter is on a steady trajectory forward, enjoys geometry, loves Rebecca, and is looking forward to higher level math. My daughter participates more in class, isn’t hiding from math, and seems to actually enjoy learning geometry. I call Rebecca my daughter’s unicorn – a rare and wondrous thing – a teacher worth her weight in gold.”

Testimonial: I’m officially a unicorn

Friday, February 21st, 2020

I was very touched to receive this testimonial from a current client whose daughter I’m tutoring in 10th grade Geometry:

Ok, my kid is a quirky, intuitive, kind, and wonderful person. She just did not get math. At all. As she progressed through elementary and middle schools, tutored all the way, doing math camps over the summer, and stints at Mathnasium, she kept falling further behind. I couldn’t help her because I didn’t know how. My husband’s approach hurt more than helped, adding to her anxiety and worsening her self esteem.

I was pretty desperate by the time I connected with Rebecca. Our first couple of phone calls, learning about her and her approach, were like taking a step back, a deep breath, and looking at my child anew. I felt hopeful because I knew Rebecca’s work would never hurt my daughter and may even help her.

Fast forward 4 months. My daughter is on a steady trajectory forward, enjoys geometry, loves Rebecca, and is looking forward to higher level math. She is getting it. Rebecca is patient and explores why she doesn’t understand something, helps her fill in the foundational gaps, and build up her knowledge. She participates more in class, isn’t hiding from math, and seems to actually enjoy learning geometry. An added plus is that she loves being smarter than me!


I call Rebecca my daughter’s unicorn – a rare and wondrous thing – a teacher worth her weight in gold. — mother of 10th grade geometry student at Yorktown High School

If you’re looking for a math unicorn — someone who will actually connect with your child and explain in a way they can deeply understand and remember, so they actually look forward to tutoring and get great grades — call me at 617-888-0160.

We’ll have a brief conversation about what’s not working, what you want instead, and how I can specifically help your child. And if it makes sense, we’ll go ahead and set up their first session.

I’d love to connect with you about how your child can go through this same transformation for themselves!