H.L. Student

Working with Kari has allowed me to finally feel comfortable with my learning difference. Rather than dwelling on my weaknesses, together we discovered my personal strengths. What I learned from Kari extends beyond the classroom – in fact I will go so far as to classify the knowledge she shared with me as life lessons. Kari is one of the most kind, caring, and down to earth educators that I have ever come across. Without a doubt, the impact that Kari has left upon me is unlike that of any tutor I’ve ever worked with before.

B.G., Student

The ACT went so great and I owe it all to you Kari! Thank you so much for being there for me and teaching me. You truly are a remarkable woman, and any student is lucky to have you, just like me.

T.R., Student

Kari Miller is amazing! I started seeing her in middle school when I was failing math. Not only did she help me with math, but, once we fixed that problem, she began helping me with everything else, from writing to reading Shakespeare. Kari is so much more than a tutor. She doesn’t just teach you facts and tell you the answers; she teaches you how to approach the problem and the fundamentals.

T.D., Parent

I’m not working now, but I’d do anything to keep my daughter with Dr. Kari. My daughter wouldn’t be where she is today without the work they’ve done together. I tell every parent I meet, ‘If your child has any trouble in school, you’ve got to go to Dr. Kari.

P.N., Parent

By the way, you are amazing. Thank you so much for helping Nicole. I can hear how relaxed she is when she works with you. You are a really gifted teacher and a very nice person. It is helping our family a lot too.

S.B., Parent

As they say in Hollywood – ‘You’re the Tops…you’re the Mona Lisa…’ We so appreciate all your work with our son…and feel he’s improved so much!!!

Miller Educational Excellence is widely known and well respected for its highly effective approach to developing mathematical skills. Dr. Miller’s programs are uniquely successful because her methodology is highly effective in developing connections among the three essential elements of mathematical proficiency:  “street math” knowledge, conceptual understanding, and procedural skill.

Street math is the background knowledge a student develops from participating in the world.  For example, students begin to understand fractions by splitting a cookie in half with a friend.  From the knowledge that two groups of toys can be put together to form one new, larger group of toys, a student develops the understanding that allows them to comprehend equations such as 2 + 3 = 5.

As students grow and develop, their mathematical understandings increase in sophistication.  When these understandings are nurtured and developed, students can comprehend algebra and advanced mathematical topics such as geometry, trigonometry and calculus.

Dr. Miller’s approach uses concrete objects, clever stories and analogies, and step-by-step, thorough explanations. She makes students aware of the background knowledge they possess that gives meaning to the mathematical concepts they are learning.  By skillfully using the right manipulative for the concept and procedure to be learned, she systematically guides students in understanding the steps involved in complicated processes.  As students use these manipulatives, they are shown how to write down the steps “in math language.”  This insures a strong connection between the meaning of the concept and the procedure used for calculation.  When students understand procedures, they “get” mathematics and their grades increase.

Her programs are “holistic” because they empower a student to appreciate the value of mathematics, to believe in their ability to learn and achieve in mathematics, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in mathematics courses.

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