After working on Wall Street and in the high-tech field of electronics, I went back to my first love, Math! This was foreshadowed in ’96, by correctly and creatively answering a (third round!) Finance job interview question: “What’s 24 x 12?”.
Math Confidence’s name was inspired by a local newspaper ad “Overcome Math Anxiety” which kindled the phrase “Build Math Confidence”. My mission is to help people build confidence through Math — whether one-on-one, in my classroom, visiting other classrooms or in workshops.
I have 17 years of Math tutoring, 15 years of classroom teaching experience as well as 10 years of mentoring student and working teachers. In my previous lives, I worked as an engineer and portfolio manager so my academic credentials include the professional Math intensive fields of Electrical Engineering (BS, Syracuse) and Finance (MBA, NYU) as well as Stuyvesant High School. Starting back in engineering school study groups, I was teaching my friends Math (while they taught me Science!) and the potential for joy of the ‘aha’ kept us working on problem sets well into the wee hours of the morning. To round out my education, I also have certificates from NYU in Coaching and Training as well as certificates from New Visions for Public Schools in Supporting the Next Generation: Effective Mentoring and Coaching the New Teacher and Structured Inquiry: Making Math Come Alive for the Adolescent Learner.
I am “pro-test” and take tests for the fun of it: SAT (2016, 2009 and 1980), ACT (2012), SAT Math II Levels 1 and 2 (2011), GRE (sometime soon). These recent exams help me to relive studying and test taking, fill gaps in my education, and relate better to students’ experiences.
I write regularly for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics newsletter and have been e-publishing my own Build Math Confidence e-newsletter since June 2008.
Since 2000, I have been tutoring Math at all levels including SAT/ACT prep, SHSAT, homework help, Regents/exam studying as well as college/grad school classes and homeschoolers. Based in Riverdale (Bronx), New York, I have worked with students from Bronx Science, High School of Math Science and Engineering, Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, Horace Mann, SAR, Bank Street, Beacon, High School of American Studies, PS 81, Community School, Solomon Schechter, Aaron School, Heschel, Riverdale Country Day, Baruch College and many many others.
Classroom Instruction and Math Teacher Support
Since 2002, I have brought my enthusiasm and drive to the classroom as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx (Precalculus, Math Modeling (College Algebra) and/or Math for Elementary Educators).
As a Field Supervisor for Math Education undergraduate and graduate programs in and around NYC, I mentor and observe student and working teachers for CMSV, Touro College, NYU and Teachers College/Columbia University in many middle and high public NYC schools as well as parochial schools.
I support current classroom Math teachers with curriculum development and learning strategies in real time in classrooms in NYC (and beyond!) as well as provide workshops on learning and teaching Math.
For 5 years, I taught SAT Math classes for Summer on the Hill, a year-round academic enrichment program for bright, low-income New York City students.
Click here for Robin’s most recent resume: Robin Schwartz Resume
Workshops for Parents, Teachers and Students: A blend of Math and motivation!
Get Smarter! Take the (new) SAT!
When Are We Ever Gonna Use This Math?
Raising Math Confident Kids
Improving Math Skills and Confidence by Paying Attention to Detail
Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions Managing Time for Success and Confidence
Engineering Your Future
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