Meet Meryl and her Team
At Meryl’s Magic Math, we believe all students can learn math and be successful in it. We explain concepts simply, teach topics in multiple ways, and continuously review previously learned content. In tutoring students individually, we are able to provide each student a glimpse of success. After getting the first problem correct, confidence builds. With continued practice and success, math understanding improves and grades improve.
Meryl's Magic Math started after seeing students struggle in her high school math classes. Meryl knew many of her students' grades didn't reflect their abilities. They need more individual instruction, which was difficult with growing class sizes. Tutoring allowed for building better relationships with students, resulting in higher student motivation and confidence in their math ability. Students showed tremendous gains in improved grades and understanding in a short amount of time as they realized they can excel in math.
Math Tutoring Background
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Education: Meryl earned a Bachelor's degree in Math Education and Master's degree in Mathematics, both from Ohio University. While completing her degrees, she competed on the Women's Golf team and went on to be the Graduate Assistant for Women's Golf and a Teaching Assistant in the Math Department.
Awards: Meryl received student-nominated teaching honors such as Ohio University Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), Student and Teacher Achievement Recognition (2017), and National Honor Society Honor Teacher (2016 and 2017).
Teaching Success: As a high school teacher for five years, students consistently said they didn't like math until they took her AP Calculus class (admittedly, she's not sure she believed them--who is crazy enough to sign up for an AP course if they disliked the subject?!). Not only did they have fun taking on the challenging concepts, but they also improved from a 20% pass rate to over 70% on the AP exam. Meryl was a Reader for the AP Calculus exam so she is familiar with the grading and how to help students succeed on the exam.
Tutoring Experience: As a math tutor for the last ten years, Meryl helped students through math courses from 8th grade pre-Algebra to college level Calculus. She worked with students individually and in small groups, from teens through adults working on their dissertations. Recently her focus shifted to tutoring online, especially being an IB Math, A level Maths, and AP Calculus tutor. Read more about previous student success.
Meryl's Other Interests
Meryl enjoys golfing and competing in triathlons.
Shaina is a Columbus, Ohio based math tutor specializing in Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus. While studying math and computer science at OSU, she worked as a teaching assistant and discovered a passion for math education. She particularly loves tutoring as she can personalize her approach to each student’s own needs and learning styles. She's been tutoring over 4 years and gets more excited with each student!
One parent shares her daughters's experience working with Shaina:
"My daughter was tutored by Shaina this past year in Geometry and her final grade was "A" thanks to her excellent teaching skills. Even better news is she received her test results for the Ohio State Air Testing and scored "Above Average" in Geometry. I can't begin to explain how excited, overjoyed and shocked she was with the test result score!"
-Victoria D., June 2019