Every learner is different, so Emily uses an eclectic approach to find what is best for each individual student. Mathematics builds on previous topics, so she uses diagnostic testing to identify learning gaps and then works with her students to fill those gaps so they have a strong mathematical foundation. She believes students need to understand the “why” behind mathematical rules and the language of math, not just quick memorization methods that will get them through the next test. When students fully understand the background information and skills, they will have a higher chance of success in solving any problem.

On standardizing testing, students struggle to understand the phrasing of the question and the topic that is being addressed. They may know the math concepts in school, but the SAT and ACT present the information in an unfamiliar way. She starts with skills practice, and then progresses to more difficult problems such as word problems or multi-step problems. Emily uses released standardized tests to help students practice breaking down the question into the related topic, and then using the appropriate skill to solve it. She believes that practice makes progress, and gives students ample opportunity to practice the new skills and strategies they learn in their sessions while supporting them along the way.