BARRY
HOFFMAN

an innovative math experience for kids 10~12

numbers don't lie

VISITS FROM KIDS & ADULTS

1

since 2003

1-on-1 online math tutoring for your 6th grader needing help or enrichment

Every student

receives a FREE pro headset

Interactive help with the 6th grade Next Generation Math Standards

bringing your child's math knowledge to a whole new level

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

 

Hoffkids Online Math Tutoring, founded by Barry Hoffman in 2013, is a one-of-a-kind online math tutoring service using the most innovative educational technology. It is driven by passion, innovation, and experience to create a highly effective, personal, interactive virtual classroom environment for one-on-one math tutoring. This special tutoring is only for soon-to-be, or current 6th grade students, needing math help or wanting enrichment. The student is at their house using their computer communicating with Mr. Hoffman, who is at his house using his computer.

 

The math tutoring sessions happen by way of real time audio/video conferencing, combined with special online virtual math classroom software that is powerful and engaging.  This specialized software has 40 student-friendly features including unlimited whiteboards, drawing tools, geometry tools, graphing grids, the ability to upload and download shared files, as well as write over Word files, .pdfs, and graphics. Both the student and I use graphic pen tablets that creates a positive, interactive, motivating, individualized, and visual based learning approach to support the student with their math needs and goals for maximum progress.

 

WHAT IS HOFFKIDS ONLINE MATH TUTORING?

Real time communication takes place between me and the student with our online classroom software using a pen tablet. Together, the tablet with the interactive whiteboards let us write on the same “page,” even better than sitting side by side and writing on the same paper during a "traditional tutoring session." The virtual classroom lets us experience with audio and video, what the other person is writing while also discussing our math.

 

 

 

THE EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE THE STUDENT WILL NEED INCLUDES...

 

  Hoffkids Online Math Tutoring software (I will set this up and teach the student at their house)

 

  VOIP Software account (I will safely set up this free software with the family if don't already have)

 

  Graphic pen tablet (I will provide this in the beginning)

 

  Updated working computer with webcam and reliable Internet connection

 

Headset with microphone (each child receives a FREE professional one to keep!)

 

HOW IT WORKS

One of the most important aspects of Hoffkids Online Math Tutoring, is that I come to the student's home to meet with the student and the family. Background information is gathered about the child's math history and interests, while equipment is evaluated, hooked up, and tested. A complete trial run is made with both myself and your child in the home. All the tools of the software are taught and questions are answered in person before online math sessions begin. Once the equipment and software are set up, the math work begins.

 

 

A weekly day and start time are then decided. The sessions are based on an approximate of 60 minutes. With online tutoring, the session length is completely flexible, and 60 minutes may not be needed, or more time may be requested on the spot based on the student's need for that day. A friendly e-reminder is sent to both the student and the parent one hour before every online tutoring session.

 

 

One unique feature offered by Hoffkids Online Math Tutoring is "Need-It-Now" online help. Not just do I work with your child during our regular weekly meetings, but with "Need-It-Now," I am on call for your child when they need that "emergency" math help; which can be and important time for them. This feature acts as a true support for the student.  An e-request for a needed online meeting can be sent to me any day, at any time, for help with homework questions, test review,  a project, simple clarification, or any support your child may need to get them through their immediate situation with their math work.

 

GETTING STARTED

Math is an essential area! Walk into most classrooms in the year 2018, and they look the same as they did in the 1990's, except maybe a Smartboard has been hung up over an old chalkboard. This is true for "traditional tutors" as well. Today's 11 and 12 year olds were born into a digital world and the way we help students learn has to adapt to this changing world.

 

 

Today's students are connecting, sharing, and learning through the latest advances in technology. This is creating a vibrant environment full of interactivity and learning, where young people connect in ways that enrich their lives in and out of the classroom. You see the technology everywhere: iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, smartphones, texting, social media, email, the cloud, video conferencing, online classes/distance learning, digital presentations, and smartwatches. Online Tutoring meets these needs as well as has numerous benefits to the child and their family...

 

9 Unique Benefits

 

FLEXIBILITY

Our days are very busy and demanding. Online tutoring sessions are not bound by time or place, and therefore help with flexibility for the parent's schedules.  Online tutoring reduces stress on the student and works around their unique needs. If a session is scheduled for 5pm and the student is running late and needs to make it 5:30pm, that simply happens by digital contact to Mr. Hoffman, and an on the spot adjustment is made.

 

 

 

CONVENIENCE

Online tutoring allows the family to focus on and balance their other obligations as the student takes care of their responsibilities at our meeting time. It actually frees up more time for the parents as the parents are not forced to be home for a tutor session, or drive and sit somewhere, and they do not have to fit it into their hectic schedule. That alone is like hours of your life as a parent reclaimed every single week. Yes!

 

 

 

VISUAL BASED LEARNING

Online tutoring directly aligns with how students learn in today's world. Kids love visuals and technology, especially to communicate. Here they are using their computer, interacting with math tools, and creating diagrams with color. They are not just going over school homework from math worksheets, but your child is actively involved, creating, manipulating, and learning more efficiently through one-on-one lessons adapted from my 6th grade class of nearly two decades.

 

 

 

NEED-IT-NOW

Sometimes after school or at night, a student needs help with their math homework because they are lost or confused. They want help even on days that they don't have a scheduled math session. The "Need-It-Now" emergency math help I provide is only a quick digital contact away, and an online math session can happen within minutes to help your child get through those rough math nights and reduce stress. This helps the child feel more prepared and confident the next day in class. With this feature, your child can get the math help when they need it most and is only provided by the online learning experience.

 

 

 

ATMOSPHERE

Online tutoring provides a relaxed atmosphere (and no need to clean the house-YES!). A more relaxed student + a more relaxed parent = a more productive math learner and a happier day in your home.

 

 

 

 

CREATIVITY

Powerful interactive virtual math classroom software enhances student creativity using math and drawing tools that are needed in middle and high school. The classroom boasts a robust feature set with the most intuitive and easy to use whiteboard tools. Advanced tools with the ability to share screens and remote access for interactive math websites, makes it even easier to creatively collaborate to enhance the math learning experience.

 

 

 

FEEDBACK

This is amazing! Both parents (doesn't happen with traditional tutoring) get their own personal and secure web page about their child's detailed sessions which is updated after each meeting. This password protected web page always communicates what was accomplished, length of sessions, scheduled sessions for the month, observations, goals for your child, colorful progress meters, and more.

 

 

 

INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY

Online tutoring teaches the student greater responsibility and independence as the student must be prepared for sessions, be more proactive with communication, and take more control of their learning. The student clearly takes on more ownership of their tutor sessions with Hoffkids Online Math Tutoring.

 

 

 

HOFFKIDS.com

Mr. Hoffman's online tutored students enjoy total access to all areas (including password protected) and all features of his highly effective Hoffkids.com; a very popular site exclusively for 6th grade math students.

 

 

 

 

BENEFITS OF ONLINE TUTORING FOR ENTIRE FAMILY

Barry Hoffman has been teaching and working intensely with the 6th grade math curriculum for 17 years at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, N.Y. He is an innovating 6th grade Next Generation math educator. In 2017, he was once again awarded the education distinction of Highly Effective by the Port Washington School District and the New York State Department of Education.

 

 

 

 

In these 17 years, Barry has worked with over 1,200 6th graders developing their math skills, confidence, and interest in math, with technology at almost every step. Some of these students have individual education programs, and he has also worked with hundreds of students who have reached out for help to bring them to an advanced math level for grade 7, or meet personal higher level math goals. He is the founder and creator of Hoffkids.com; an interactive 6th grade math educational website aimed at kids aged 10-12 approaching 1/2 million visits in almost 16 years.

 

 

Barry Hoffman graduated from Hofstra University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education + 60 credits. He also has a middle school extension degree in math for grades 7-9 which has prepared him for the challenging new topics set forth for 6th graders in New York. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics which is vital in helping teachers learn the most effective ways to teach young students math and reduce anxiety for maximum understanding and real world application. His math background combined with his integration of technology, passion, time spent preparing, and ability to relate to children ages 10-12, have attributed to his consistent successes.

 

 

Mr. Hoffman's personal goals for working with students include; reducing or eliminating math anxiety, raising their interest in math, increasing their confidence, increasing critical thinking, and teaching the relevance and benefits to math strength. Mr. Hoffman's expertise is in student motivation and making math relevant for kids to achieve maximum inner desire to learn. This leads to an increase in student confidence, math understanding, and performance (all while keeping it fun and engaging).

 

 

Mr. Hoffman has been married for 15 years to his wife Alison who is a middle school guidance counselor. They have 2 children; Sophie (32  years old) and Owen (22 + 2.5 years old). He plays competitive tennis (Mr. Hoffman, not Owen), and enjoys spending time computing, working on Hoffkids, relaxing at his neighborhood beach community, biking, and hanging out with his family around Long Island or just relaxing at home.

 

 

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1-on-1 online math tutoring for your 6th grader needing help or enrichment

Interactive help with the 6th grade Next Generation Math Standards