Written by Oklahoma DaVinci scholar, Director of Launch Academy, and University Guest Speaker


These results were so off the charts, I had to regrade the post-assessment three times!

Frodo (name protected for privacy) had always struggled in math and being in 10th grade and scoring a 33% on pre-algebra was more than discouraging.

It was serious.

He did his homework well enough and studied but, when the test results would come back, he would just bomb them. What was going on?! Being a glass-half-full type of guy, we met the challenge with a big grin.

The next few weeks looked like a recreation of a Rocky movie training scene. No-nonsense tutoring, bulging mental muscles, and speed drills filled much of the sessions. However, he always left with a smile and the true knowing that he was one-step closer to being a math champion. Yes, there were several times when he hated doing the work but he stick with the program and rocketed ahead of expectations.

And there’s another element to this story to sweeten the deal:

Frodo had been diagnosed with a mental disorder that was said to

handicap his math skills.
Now, I’m not saying our program cures anything but I will say that it doesn’t bias students on past results and past expectations. If
you want your student to simply pass a class or get a B, this may not be the right program for you. Our goal is the A, the 4.0, and our program is designed to get students those results.

It isn’t easy.

But nothing worth doing ever was.

More than the champion results, the most rewarding accomplishment with Frodo was when he turned to me after finishing a very long session and said,

“We’re already done? Wow. That was the first time I’ve actually enjoyed doing math.”

My piece of advice is this – “Change your attitude – change your grade.” Too many times, smart students get bad grades simply because their mentality of their ability limits them. Confidence and hard work have no substitute, and if you can master both of those, there’s nothing stopping you from being a math champion too.


PS. In addition to the program used, Frodo’s work ethic made a crucial difference. Working on assigned exercises independently, he went from good results to skyrocketing results and transferred that drive to his current math class in high school. Hard work always pays off.

“The race doesn’t always go to the swift or the strong or the talented;

eventually, the race goes to the man who never quits.”

– Anonymous

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