Mathnasium helping students outside the virtual classroom

SPOKANE, Wash. — Mathnasium instructors have been continuing to help more than 200 students in the Spokane area since learning at home became the norm.

Both the South Hill and North Spokane locations are closed and no longer doing their regular after-school sessions.

So now they’ve taken the sessions to Zoom and are working from 10am to 5pm every day, meeting with students one-on-one for some at-home tutoring.

Owner of both Mathnasium locations in Spokane, Jerry Post, said instructors miss the in-person interaction with the students, but the kids seem to be more engaged in the virtual sessions.

“Maybe they don’t feel pressure of being in a classroom environment,” he said. “They’re home, they’re more comfortable just working directly with instructors. So that’s been really nice and something we wouldn’t have known if we hadn’t done this.”

Appointments have spiked for help with homework and end-of-year school assignments — especially now that they’re online.

Janelle Kraft is a Spokane mom and said her two daughters have been going to Mathnasium for more than a year.

She’s now having to juggle working at home with her kids learning from home, but said the virtual Mathnasium sessions have made it a lot easier.

“It’s one less thing for me to worry about,” she said. “It gives them an opportunity to go meet with someone besides me, thank goodness, for a full hour. And they can learn math and have positive interactions.”

At this time, Mathnasium is offering a free trial for one session so parents can see if it’s a good fit for their child.

To sign up visit the South Spokane or North Spokane Mathnasium websites.