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Our mission is to create a program that engages every single student. We strive to help students accomplish challenges and exceed their goals in a caring and supportive environment. Get in touch to learn more about JMA and schedule an evaluation.
What sets JMA apart
Small Class Size
At JMA, students are evaluated not by grade but content knowledge and learning speed. Advanced students aren't held back and struggling students aren't frustrated. Each class is limited to 4 or 5 students. The small class size enables us to customize the content to meet the specific need of each group.
Many students are used to using formulas they learned at school. Word problems which require higher skills often trigger anxiety. We teach them to see the 30,000 foot view and break each problem into layers. Drawing lines and pictures in younger grades builds the foundation needed for logical analysis and problem-solving.
Current Japanese math curriculum was developed to prepare students for rigorous middle school and high school entrance exams. It has been adapted and enhanced to meet the needs of U.S. students. The content is sequenced to effectively build skills and improve knowledge retention.
Pilar Botana Martinez
My daughter took 5th grade math at JMA last year and we saw the results in weeks. Her math solving skills improved greatly and she now feels super confident about 6th grade math. The Japanese math method is based on breaking problems into smaller, logical pieces, which helped my daughter “navigate and digest” complex mathematical concepts with ease. Hiroko is a great teacher, thoughtful, respectful, and patient, who can adapt to the different learning styles of the students. Because of the COVID pandemic, classes had to be moved from in-person to video conference, and Hiroko quickly adapted to the virtual environment and classes where held with the same schedule, format, and attention to detail. Last year my younger daughter in 1st grade participated in a pilot program and actually enjoyed it! She’s now enrolled for the fall term, so she can build a solid math foundation early on.
Retired teacher with Wayland Public Schools
I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I was when my two grandkids, ages 6 and 9, started math tutoring with Hiroko. COVID hit, schools were closed, and I scrambled to help my daughter and son-in-law put together a home schooling plan. Knowing that math would be professionally taught took away some of the pressure we were feeling. We had enough to cover with reading, writing, science and social studies, not to mention extra curricular activities. I asked my fourth grader granddaughter what she thought of the tutoring with Hiroko: “It helped me understand math better.” My first grader grandson said: “I liked it better than math in school. I liked doing the mazes; sometimes there was a giant monster, if I did the wrong answer!”
Hiroko is a calm, patient, personable teacher. My grandkids felt very relaxed and engaged throughout the lessons. Thank you Hiroko.