# Number Sense Blog

### Our Results

Apr 14, 2021

Does Mathnasium work? We conducted multiple parent surveys and independent studies to find out. And the answer is a resounding YES. Children who consistently attend our learning centers make tremendous strides in comprehension, confidence and...

### Teaching Math in a Way That Makes Sense

May 12, 2021

What is it about Mathnasium that helps students find success in math? The answer is simple: We teach for understanding. Instead of coaching students to rely on memorization, rote learning, or calculators, our highly trained instructors use multipl...

### Summer Is the Season for Accelerating Math Skills

May 26, 2021

Spring is the season of new beginnings. When flowers start to bloom, trees shake off the doldrums of winter and turn green, animals awaken from their winter slumbers and the earth seems to spring back to life (see what we did there?).
Even in a...

### Building Math Success from a Strong Foundation

Jul 28, 2021

Unlike many academic subjects, math builds upon itself level by level, so it’s important to start with a strong foundation. The proven Mathnasium MethodTM forms the foundation for math mastery through deep understanding, with carefully selected to...

### Why Your Child Needs Math More Than You Think

Aug 25, 2021

The language of the universe, math is omnipresent and unavoidable — and that’s a good thing.
Math is a universal tool that helps our children thrive. From the earliest years, when parents show children the importance of sharing (dividing) with ...

### 5 Tips to Help Your Child Develop Good Study Habits

Sep 8, 2021

Another school year is here. Is your child ready?
When it comes to studying, kids need to have good habits to start the year off right and stay on track. Good study habits will build strong math students and instill a positive outlook on t...

### Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Sep 22, 2021

Back-to-school season is upon us, and with it comes the end of summer. To make it official, today we are celebrating the Fall Equinox!
Also known as the Autumn Equinox, September 22, 2021, marks the First Day of Fall. But what does this me...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: For Each Hundred (Basic)

Sep 17, 2021

Let us show you a secret: percent means something.
Per means for each, and cent means hundred.
If we want to find 5% of 300, we need to find “5 for each hundred”.
So, we count, 5 for the first hundred, 5 for the second hundred, ...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: For Each Hundred (Advanced)

Oct 4, 2021

Do you remember our secret from our first video? Percent means “for each hundred”.
If we want to find 12% of 250, we need to find “12 for each hundred“.
In this case, we have two hundreds and half of one hundred.
So, we count, 12 ...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Half of Even Numbers

Oct 6, 2021

The word half should bring to mind the image of two equal parts: “2 parts the same.”
To find half of any amount, cut the whole into “2 parts the same” and take either one.
To find half of 6, we cut the whole of 6 circles into “2 parts t...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Half of Odd Numbers

Oct 8, 2021

Recall that half means “2 parts the same,” “two equal parts.”
Half of 6 circles is 3 because we cut the whole into “2 parts the same” and take one part.
To find half of 7, we bring in one more circle and cut our new whole into “2 p...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Quarter Of Numbers

Oct 11, 2021

The word quarter means “4 parts the same,” “four equal parts”.
To find a quarter of any amount, cut the whole into “4 parts the same” and take any one part. The trick to doing this easily is to “cut it in half and then cut the half in half...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Number Sense (Addition)

Oct 13, 2021

Here is a number sense trick to help you calculate addition using mental math.
We want to find the sum of 9 + 8 + 7. Using our number sense, we turn to “friendly numbers” such as 10 or multiples of 10, to help make this math easier to work...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Number Sense (Subtraction)

Oct 18, 2021

Here is a number sense trick to help you calculate subtraction using mental math.
We want to find the difference of 100 – 76. Using our number sense, we turn to “friendly numbers” to calculate how far apart are 76 and 100.
Starting...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Number Sense (Multiplication)

Oct 20, 2021

Here is a number sense trick to help you calculate multiplication using mental math.
We want to find the product of 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. Using our number sense, we want to find numbers close to ten or multiples of ten to make the multiplicat...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Special Percents (Basic)

Oct 22, 2021

“Special percents” are easy to compute because they represent easy-to-calculate amounts.
0% means “none of it”
25% means “a quarter of it”
50% means “half of it”
100% means “all of it”
200% means “all of it, twice”
To f...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Percents (Find 10%)

Oct 25, 2021

Recall that 10% means 10 for each 100, 10 out of 100, or ten one-hundredths.
We can divide 1 by 10 to convert 10% to a decimal. 10% is equal to 0.1. Notice that dividing by ten moves the decimal point one place to the left.
To find...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Percents (Find 1%)

Oct 27, 2021

Recall that 1% means 1 for each 100, 1 out of 100, or one one-hundredth.
We can divide 1 by 100 to convert 1% to a decimal. 1% is equal to 0.01. Notice that dividing by one hundred moves the decimal point two places to the left.
To...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Divisibility (Rule for 3s)

Oct 29, 2021

A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 3.
To determine if the number 87 is divisible by 3, we find the sum of its digits. Eight plus seven gives us a final sum of fifteen. Fifteen is divisible by 3. So,
...

### Mathnasium #MathTricks: Divisibility (3-digit Rule for 11s)

Nov 3, 2021

One way to test if a three-digit number is divisible by 11 is to follow the 3-digit rule: the sum of the first and last digits equals the middle digit.
To determine if the number 792 is divisible by 11, we find the sum of seven and two. Se...