Courage is the mastery of fear. It is not the absence of fear.

## Chocolate Math Magic

1. Pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10).

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply it by 50.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1762. If you haven’t, add 1761.

6. Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born.

You should now have a three-digit number. The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week). The next two numbers are YOUR AGE! This is the only year (2012) it will ever work so enjoy this math trick while you can.

## Executive Function Tutor

D. H. from Weston, MA asks, “What is executive function?”

This is a common question that we get asked a lot. As a child’s brain matures, they are able to perform higher level tasks. These high level tasks are referred to as executive function. Think of executive function as the role of a Chief Executive Officer in a company. She or he must analyze what the company needs to have done, develop a plan, identify the order these tasks must be done, make mid-course corrections as needed, and complete the job by the deadline. Someone with executive function problems may have difficulty doing any of the following:

Analyze a task

Plan how to address the task

Organize the steps needed to carry out the task

Develop timelines for completing the task

Adjust or shift these plans as needed

Compete the task in a timely way

Executive function issues in school can be devastating. If your child starts long term assignments at the last minute, loses papers, has loose papers everywhere, forgets to do homework, forgets to hand in completed homework, has difficulty with math word problems, has trouble starting and organizing English writing assignments, or studies for tests at the last minute then there may be executive function issues.

Y3K Tutor In Your Home helps many students with executive function learn how to become successful and attain high grades. Contact us if we can be of any assistance.

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## Math: Processing & Intelligence

A common stereotype in math is that “a child that solves a math problem faster is smarter than a child takes longer to solve the same problem”. This is not necessarily true. Some people may take longer to process and think through a problem to get the right answer. If intelligence were to be measured by mathematical understanding, then speed would not be a consideration.

## Chess

Chess is a game that every student should learn and play. It helps to strengthen the brain for problem solving, math and executive functio