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The Suburbanite
  • Mathnasium center helps boost math skills

  • Megan Owens earned a middle school teaching degree and soon after went to work at Mathnasium Math Learning Center in Jackson Township. Little did she know that she would become the owner of the tutoring and learning center.

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  • Megan Owens earned a middle school teaching degree and soon after went to work at Mathnasium Math Learning Center in Jackson Township. Little did she know that she would become the owner of the tutoring and learning center.
    “The previous owner was moving out-of-state and had to sell the center,” Owens said. “I had no business experience but I had fallen in love with the franchise by then so I decided to buy it.”
    There are 400 Mathnasium centers across the United States. The location in Jackson Township is one of only two in Ohio. The second is in Cincinnati.
    The learning and tutoring center works with students who need help with math.
    The center provides teaching for levels from first grade to pre-calculus.
    Students pay a monthly fee and can attend as many sessions throughout the month as they want.
    “We really recommend that members sign up for at least three months and attend three times a week,” Owens said. “That plan has proven to be the most effective. Students can come after school and spend half of their time here on the Mathnasium learning plan and half their time on individualized plan that can include help with their homework.”
    There are five teachers plus Owens working at the center. They use a ratio of 4 students to 1 teacher. To be a math tutor with the center, a person has to have strong math skills and go through a background check. Each teacher receives training on the Mathnasium method.
    Students receive learning materials as part of their membership. The center sees around 30 students a month and is open year round.
    “We see a lot of students over the summer,” Owens said. “We have programming that can help prepare students for their upcoming school year,” Owens said.
    Feedback from parents has been positive, and the center has a high success rate.
    “Most kids are afraid of math and once we break through that fear and kids start using math, they become much more proficient,” Owens said. “Math today is a different kind of math than most parents are used to, and because of that it is hard for the parents to help.”
    Owens grew up in Stark County. She purchased the center right out of college and has been learning the business part as she goes along. She has attended small-business seminars and has had a lot of support from those around her.
    Owens said the center focuses on building number sense and the ability to think mathematically. The center provides activities that make math fun. “We had pi day on March 14 (3.14 is pi) and I brought pie in for all of the students,” Owens said.
    Mathnasium always needs part-time instructors. Anyone interested in tutoring math can call 330-492-MATH.