Our geometry tutors help students learn topics such as: the pythagorean theorem, trigonometric ratios, similarity, circles, congruence, and more. We’ve discovered that many students are jolted with a fear response when they see mathematics. Our tutors help Portland students understand mathematics at a logical level—and many students even begin enjoying math.
The history of geometry dates back over 5000 years ago. It was used by the Egyptians to build the pyramids. It’s one of the oldest sciences and means literally to “earth measurement.” Because geometry is so old, there are many different types of geometry. However, most high school students focus on: lines, points, and angles.
Why is my child struggling with geometry?
Researchers have shown that there are five levels of geometry understanding. These are known as Van Hiele Levels. Decades of research shows that students who enter high school with low levels of Van Hiele understanding, and significantly more likely to fail or under-perform in high school mathematics.
There are five Van Hiele levels:
- Visual — Ability to recongnize geometrical shapes and figures.
- Descriptive / Analytical — Ability to regonize shapes by their properities.
- Abstract / Relational — Ability to understand and form abstract definitions.
- Formal Deduction — Ability to use appropriate reason with theories.
- Rigor / Metamathematical — Ability to compare different axiomatic systems.
Decades of research shows that students need to be at level 3 before they reach high school, if they want to succeed and excel at mathematics. Further evidence points to the fact that students need to be at level 5 before entering college. Is your child ready for their next year of math?
Do you think your child might be struggling with their understand of geometry at a fundamental level? Our geometry tutors can help.