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Bravo Math COVID19 Notice

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Complete this form for Sept 2020 - Aug 2021 and I will get back to you shortly.

About Andrew Uyeno

Hi! I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I graduated from McGill with Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Economics, minor in Psychology, 2006. The economics program was math-based and the psychology minor sparked a fascination with how people learn.

My passion in life is teaching math, especially to those who really struggle with it or even hate it. That’s what I’ve been doing since January, 2010. Much of my work has been with students of King David High School. My success and popularity with their students led to the principal hiring me as a Special Education Assistant from September 2012 to June 2014.

In addition to tutoring, I am now on a mission to create the best damn math lessons ever made, so good that they shake up the super stagnant field of education. Read more at the Bravo Math Blog.

Do you have any references?

Yes! Please ask me for their contact information.

Do you have a criminal record check?

Yes! As of October 2018, I passed the BC Ministry of Justice background check to volunteer at Tupper Secondary. Here are my Vancouver Police Department Information Checks from November 2018 and September 2020.

When and where do you tutor?

Location:
Though in flux, after calling the BC CDC about COVID19 adjustments, my plans as of now (Aug 7) are to offer in-home services only to students in grade 7 or younger and their siblings whom I can meet during the same visit. The days I select for this will depend on demand. All other tutoring will continue on Zoom or possibly at a tutoring location where I can systematically control spacing, ventilation, air filters, sanitation, etc.

Time:
I'm making major changes this year to my schedule, which will largely depend on demand, but, rest assured, math education is my full time job.

How does scheduling work?

As the month turns over, I get in touch with all my students and parents to confirm billing and a schedule for the month ahead. Note: As explained below, to get the lower rate you must book and pay for the month’s sessions in advance. My schedule is generally full so I am rarely available at the last minute and I do not offer flexible scheduling. If you need any adjustments in terms of time or sessions, let me know as soon as possible. (Also, see cancellation policy below.)

None of your open times work with my family’s schedule! What should I do?

Contact me anyways as I may be able to rearrange my appointments to suit you. Even if I can’t, I have a sign up sheet that tracks requests for times and if one of those times opens, it will be yours.

Are you starting a startup?

Yes. Though I love tutoring, the real plan all along has been to prove that it is, in fact, possible to radically improve the field of education. For Sept 2020 - Aug 2021, I will emphasize the productization of my lessons, which I hope proves this. As the new initiative gains traction, I will be cutting my hours for 1-on-1 tutoring accordingly. That being said, I will, of course, make every effort to continue to work with the families I’ve worked with in the past. I will allocate my tutoring hours by “seniority” of the families I’ve worked with.

What’s your cancellation policy?

I grant each student one last-minute cancellation or no-show, after which I charge in full for all sessions booked, except in cases of family emergency, illness, or extreme weather. Since I also offer the first session for free, this is a fairly generous policy. If you need to make adjustments to a schedule, the end-of-month correspondence is the time to do it.

How much do you charge?

First Session
Initial discussion, goals, assessment
Free (up to 90 minutes)

Premium Bravo Math Tutoring
Focused exclusively on number sense, fractions, and introductory algebra.
Lay strong foundations for enjoying and excelling in math.
Will NOT address schoolwork at all.
Contact me for more details.
$80/hour ($80 minimum) for the next elementary student $100/hour ($100 minimum) for all other students

Pre-Booked 1-on-1 Schoolwork-Based Tutoring
Booked and confirmed for the month ahead
$60/hour ($60 minimum)

All Other Schoolwork-Based Tutoring
Anything not booked or paid the month in advance
$80/hour ($80 minimum)

Transportation
$60-80/hour ($10 minimum per location)

How do I pay?

I accept cash, check (made to Andrew Uyeno), and email-based interac eTransfers. I’ll call or email you towards the end of each month as a payment reminder. Each family will also have access to a tutoring log, which tracks all sessions, charges, and payments.

Do you tutor anything other than math?

No. This is a good since I would probably test at a grade 2-ish level in most other subjects. I can, though, help students organize their “math lives” which can give them the experience of being truly organized.

Why do you refuse some students?

I see tremendous potential in every learner if they’re willing to work up from where they’re at, regardless of what’s going on in school. I also know how to squander that potential: rote cramming for meaningless grades while hoping things will change for the better in the future. When students and parents say something to the effect of:

I don't care if I can count past 10 or not. Teach me 2800÷50=___ NOW because that's what my test is on tomorrow.

This is obviously stupid and harmful and I will not partake. If this characterizes what you want - and many students and parents do as soon as there's an imminent test or deadline - then I will refer you to another tutoring service. I'd also include a warning: The math situation will only get worse because this approach only adds to the root cause of the problem. So don’t blame me when you realize who has paved their own road to Math Hell.

Really? Cramming paves the road to Math Hell?

Yes. Really. No personal trainer has ever heard a client say:

“I don’t care if I can only lift 50kg now! I want to learn how to lift 150kg today! I have a schedule to keep!”

This kind of dangerous lunacy doesn’t happen in weight lifting, but it is quite common in math, because many kids cram and memorize their way through tests for years, "earning" good grades, but never really being assessed on conceptual mastery or retention. Eventually, they need to build on those missing concepts, at which point math is hell and they can't get out because of disastrously entrenched study habits, a twisted view of math, and years of missing knowledge.

But I’m in Math 11/12 and I need marks for university!

And chances are, I’ll be happy to help you. But some students in grades 11 and 12 have, for years, passed their math classes by rote memorizing and cramming, not understanding. If you’ve been doing that and plan to continue, I will refer you to another tutoring service. If you want to actually master the math, sign up for my tutoring!

How/Where can I give feedback?

Please know that I am very much aware that my tutoring has and will always have room for improvement. Candid feedback does me a favor… And it also helps current and future students! If you’d like to speak to me directly, feel free to tell me in person during a tutoring session, email, or call. Or, you can choose your own level of anonymity here with this form.

Is there anything else I should know?

I strongly suggest creating a Khan Academy account and signing up for my class, whose # is Q4MC2H. This site will encourage students to prepare, practice, and review outside of tutoring to guarantee we make the most of the tutoring times.

Please keep all cell phones and other electronics off and packed away during lessons.

Students should bring their class notes, a binder, textbooks, calculator, and any homework or practice tests to lessons.

I don’t have a cell phone (really), so if you need to contact me, please do so in advance.

For students who need help tracking their homework, using a calendar, organizing their binder and materials, etc. expect the student and myself to spend 5-10 minutes on that each hour..

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