We've long offered group and individual sessions, but now that we have a brand new center, we can offer a long considered idea of ours: Drop-in Membership. Subscribers can stop in anytime after school to work on their homework or master plan to overthrow the world and mold it to their own nefarious purposes... or whatever. They have access to our resources and tutors as they come across snags or just need a little help getting started. Inspired by Jessica Hagy, Celeste and I set out to create a graph that describes our vision of success. We like to fix things so they aren't broken anymore, and, while working with a student might be a long-term commitment, we aim to send each student back into the world fully equipped, ready to conquer whatever comes their way. So we have created a little graph to show the three tutoring options.
"What's your relationship with math?" I asked my new student. "I'm an artist, so the technical parts don't excite me."
I showed him a beautiful way to visualize algebra with a grapefruit and a piece of graph paper. His eyes lit up with curiousity and, after homework, we spent a little time each session exploring the beauty and wonder of numbers.
A mere three weeks later, his mom emailed me, "Here's an email from his geometry teacher. Your work with him is paying off!" After failing nearly every test that year, he earned a 99%! Every student needs a little fascination to keep it interesting.
This is our passion. Our dream has been to create a space where students can feel free to discover new fascinations. This dream came true last May when we opened Golden Gate Tutoring Center in downtown San Anselmo just behind Marin Coffee Roasters! Swing by and see us!