Math Motivators tutors offer encouragement and support during COVID-19

March 26, 2020

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The health and safety of students, volunteers and staff in our Math Motivators programs are top priorities for The Actuarial Foundation. As you may have heard, we have suspended this free math tutoring program across the country as we do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Understandably, both students and tutors are disappointed they are no longer able to meet for their weekly tutoring sessions. However, in the spirit of the program’s mission, some Math Motivators tutors are reaching out to their students with words of encouragement, advice and support. Here are some examples:

“It was a pleasure working with you for the SAT tutoring program. You all show great math skills and I know you’re going to do great on the SAT whenever you are able to take it. I was very disappointed that we weren’t able to complete our last session — I wish you the very best in your future — you are all great young adults and have the ability to do amazing things!”

“It has been a pleasure working with you this year. I am so proud of how hard you have worked, and as a result I have seen you grow so much in your ability and even more so in your confidence. I am happy to see that the work has paid off with improvement in your math grade. While I am disappointed that I won’t be able to continue to work with you this school year, I am confident that you will continue to succeed. I wish you all the best with the remainder of the year, and hope to see you in the SAT prep course in a couple years.”

“I was sorry to hear the tutoring is on hold for a while, so I wanted to remind you to keep using the approaches and concepts that we’ve been practicing. You’ve really been making strides in remembering your math concepts and how we combine steps together. Also, you’ve impressed me with the way you use logic to check your own work and get through the tricky parts! I hope you’ll continue to work hard in math and keep growing those skills.”

“I really enjoyed working with you. You worked hard and learned quickly. It was great watching you go from not knowing how to do a kind of problem to being able to do them on your own. Good luck in school. Work hard. Don’t forget how to multiply by nine.”

Despite these challenging times, The Actuarial Foundation’s commitment to our students, teachers, and the communities we serve remains unchanged. Our free online math and financial literacy resources for middle school and high school students are available for anyone to download 24/7. Please share them with your fellow students, parents and teachers. The more tools we can provide to ease the transition to the current reality — home-based learning — the better!

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