• Roots for Success

    Private Math Tutoring

    Grades 1-6

  • Roots for Success Services

    Welcome to Roots for Success. I specialize in math tutoring for students in Grades 1-6.

     

    With the outbreak of COVID-19, schools around the globe have been forced to close. As teachers and school systems pivot to deliver instruction online, busy parents are left wondering how best to support their children's learning at home and prevent them from falling behind. Weekly online tutoring sessions can provide students with continuity during these times of change. Students look forward to logging onto tutoring sessions, seeing a friendly face, and engaging in fun math activities that are specifically tailored to them. Tutoring sessions can include any of the following services:

    • MATH HELP. Many students who struggle with math need support beyond what their teachers and parents are able to provide. I create a safe space and a fun atmosphere in which your child can master math concepts at their own pace. I work one-on-one with students to deepen their understanding of core math concepts, develop confidence in problem solving, clarify misunderstandings, reinforce and sharpen math skills, and help students overcome math anxiety.
    • MATH ENRICHMENT. Does your child already excel at math? Online tutoring sessions can be used to further spark your child's love of math. Enrichment sessions are designed to go beyond what's taught at school. Students are challenged to engage with mathematical ideas in new and deeper ways.
    • TEST PREP. Standardized assessments such as the end-of-grade tests  and private school entrance exams are used to measure the progress of students. Even for the most confident students, standardized testing can create much anxiety. During test prep sessions, students learn what to expect on the upcoming test, review specific grade-level math content, and practice strategies for different types of questions.
    • TRACK OUT. If your child is on a year-round schedule, track-out breaks provide an ideal time to boost math content knowledge and skills. Booster sessions can be used to shore up math trouble areas from the previous academic session and/or provide a preview and practice with upcoming math content.

     

    All sessions are $60/45-minutes.

  • How It Works

    It is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

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    Let's get to know each other! Set up a free 15-minute online "meet & greet" session so we can see each other face-to-face and design the perfect tutoring plan for your child.

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    Book tutoring sessions for the days/times that work best for you. Pay for sessions using PayPal or Stripe.

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    Use the Zoom link from your session confirmation email to begin your child's tutoring session.

  • Have more questions?

    Please contact me! I am happy to answer any questions you might have.

  • Sherry Booth Freeman, Ph.D.

    Roots for Success grew out of my passion for actively engaging elementary students in learning mathematics. I enjoy working with students to deepen their understanding of math and to make it meaningful, relevant, and fun. With over 30 years of experience in the field of education - as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, and instructional designer - I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to each session. Each student is unique and comes to me with their own learning style. I find great joy in figuring out how content can be creatively developed and delivered to support their range of learning styles.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Here is what parents are saying ...

    Sherry is a fantastic tutor and we are lucky to have found her! She tutored our daughter throughout 5th grade, and she has returned for 6th grade tutoring. Our daughter went from struggling with her material and lacking confidence, to embracing its challenges and excelling in this subject area. The benefits to our daughter are evidenced by both her dramatically improved test scores and more importantly, her new found confidence! She now approaches math as a puzzle to be solved rather than a subject to shy away from. Our third grader has also started with Sherry this year. He looks forward to and loves his tutoring sessions. Sherry is an exceptional instructor. She pares her lessons with hands-on activities and real world applications that the kids love. Both the kids report that she makes math fun!

    We are so lucky to have found Sherry to tutor both of our children in math. Before going to Sherry our kids thought math was “too hard” and intimidated by it. Sherry has definitely changed their perspective on math and taught them that math can be fun by engaging them in math games, puzzles, activities, etc. Now they are both thriving and have a totally different outlook on math. I would highly recommend Sherry to anyone who is looking for a reliable, nurturing and knowledgeable math tutor. Thanks for boosting our kids confidence in math!

    We moved a couple times, which left some holes in our son's math skills. As a result, he felt he simply "wasn't good at math." Really, he just needed those holes filled in, and a better all around number sense. We were thrilled to find Sherry to help get him back on track. Not only is she amazingly well-qualified; she is kind and fun, which made going to tutoring no big deal. His skills and confidence improved to the point he qualified for gifted math! We couldn't be more grateful.

    Our son has become passionate about learning math with Ms. Sherry and looks forward to meeting with her and Stella each week. He has been able to gain confidence in understanding math, practical applications, and the positive rewards of grasping new concepts. Sherry is wonderful to work with as a teacher and professional​!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What's involved in the "meet and greet" session.

    The free online "Meet and Greet" session is conducted via Zoom. The purpose of the session is for us to meet each other, ask questions, and see if we are a good fit. I can learn more about your child's needs and you can learn more about how my online tutoring process works. I'll even demonstrate some of the tools I use for online tutoring. There is no pressure to sign up for tutoring sessions beyond the "Meet & Greet," but if you decide to, we'll talk about next steps.

    Prior to this session, please sign up for a free Zoom account if you do not already have one (https://zoom.us/signup).

    How do I book and pay for sessions?

    If we decide to move forward after the "Meet and Greet" session, I will provide you with access to my scheduling calendar so that you can select days and times that work best for you. I ask that you sign up for four or more sessions at a time. Continuity in sessions enables me to develop a relationship with your child and craft sessions that are specifically tailored to their needs. Once you have scheduled the sessions you can pay for them using PayPal or Stripe. Payment must be received before sessions.

     

    How do online tutoring sessions work?

    All tutoring sessions are conducted using Zoom. Once you have scheduled your sessions, you will receive Zoom link via email. On the day and time of your scheduled session, simply click on that link and we will be connected. Each tutoring session is customized to meet your child’s needs. Prior to the session I develop a series of activities for your child that will actively engage them in mathematics appropriate for their grade level. I’m a big fan of using virtual math manipulatives to help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Additionally, I frequently use math games and/or children’s literature to help students develop confidence and skill in a fun and engaging way. If you would like for me to go over a specific homework assignment with your child, I ask that you send it to me the night before the session. A pdf or screen shot of the lesson works best but you can also just snap a picture of the lesson with your phone and text it to me.

    What technology do I need for online tutoring?

    You will need a device (computer, tablet, or phone) and a good internet connection. In addition to Zoom, we will be using a shared online white board. Most students find it easiest to use the combination of Zoom and the online white board when they have a laptop with a mouse and/or stylus.

    Do you provide tutoring materials and/or a curriculum?

    I will provide all of the materials your child needs for tutoring sessions. As an experienced instructional designer and curriculum developer, I pull from 30 years worth of curriculum materials I have developed or acquired to prepare a lesson that is tailored to your child’s needs. Additionally, I spend time every week curating and vetting new online content.

    What education and/or experience do you have that qualifies you to tutor?

    I have tutored students in math, on and off, for more than 30 years and I genuinely love working with children. I have a Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction (North Carolina State University), a Master's degree in Education (Harvard University); and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (Sweet Briar College). I have taught online classes for NCSU, developed and researched MOOC-Eds (Massive Open Education Courses for Educators), created and led online learning communities, developed online math curricula and interactive online math tools for elementary students, and developed online and face-to-face professional development courses for elementary math teachers. All of this work has been done through projects for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Education Development Center, Harvard University, Boston Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina Public Schools, and more.

    How did you get started in this type of work?

    As a former middle school math teacher, I saw students coming to middle school with a lack of confidence in mathematics, sometimes gaps in their knowledge, and often a lot of math anxiety. I became interested the mathematical foundations that students were gaining in elementary school and wanted to support the development of that foundation.

  • Roots for Success

    sherry@rootsforsuccess.org

    sherry@rootsforsuccess.org