Math X Motion Tutoring

Math X Motion Tutoring

5.0 (6)
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

Imagine a world where your student feels confident and excited to learn math. Let’s go.

I am committed to creating learning experiences that empower all students to reach their potential. I am a passionate and qualified educator, USC grad, and LMU grad with my master’s and math teaching credential. Since 2014, I have helped 400+ students grow their confidence and skills. I create new, personalized activities and instruction that are grounded in universal design to spark achievement and joy in learning math.

What sets Math x Motion apart is the emphasis on kinesthetic learning (aka tactile or hands-on learning). After all, if traditional methods aren’t working, it’s time to try something different and effective. Your student may not like math yet, but we’ll find what works. 

What We Provide:

[For Students]

  • Improved academic skills

  • Improved social-emotional skills

[For Parents]

  • Increased understanding of their child's levels

  • Greater knowledge in the educational sphere

  • Peace of mind knowing that parents have another partner and advocate on their child's educational team

What Sets Us Apart = Innovation, Information, and Partnership

Learn more about my background and experience below.

I love empowering young people to believe in themselves and find joy in the process of learning, especially in math - a subject often associated with low confidence for many. I enjoy celebrating tangible growth with students and families. I believe deeply in the power of “yet,” and I am passionate about helping bring out the best in my students.

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Playa Del Rey, CA 90291
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6 Reviews


  • Heidi Damata

    I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled to because Gloria is a truly gifted teacher/tutor who I HIGHLY recommend. My son had always been a strong math student but ended up with a teacher this year who (literally) never checked the students' homework or class work-so the only gauge we had on his progress was a few tests. I hired Gloria to work with him so we could see if he's learning what he needs to and how strong his grasp is on the material. He was initially very resistant to the idea of having a tutor, but after one session with her, he hasn't balked once. We decided to have him keep working with her all summer to keep everything fresh in his mind and be ready for the fall, and they've been covering advanced material. The best part is--I hear him laughing throughout each session, my husband sometimes asks if he's playing a game with his friends ;-). She knows exactly how to connect with him-make it understandable, interesting, challenging, fun, and FUNNY. She nails it.

  • Kristina Fredericks

    We love Gloria! My 3rd grade daughter was struggling with math and it was really impacting her confidence. When we reached out to Gloria we were looking to help Sofia with basic 3rd grade math skills which we hoped would improve her confidence. Gloria's style is fun, interactive and focused on teaching the whole kid. During their sessions I heard lots of math skills being taught, but also a lot of giggling and chatting, which took math from being boring and hard to being fun and exciting. Sofia's confidence starting improving almost immediately and her math skills soon followed, her teacher noticed marked improvement and her test scores improved significantly. When COVID made in-person tutoring impossible, Gloria quickly adjusted to Zoom sessions and Sofia got the math help that I couldn't give her during my feeble attempts at homeschooling. I can't say enough great things about Gloria, she is awesome!

  • Jo S

    Gloria has been such a huge help to me. I seriously do not know what I would do without her! I was skeptical about online tutoring at first, as it was my first time trying it...but she made sure I felt comfortable meeting through Zoom, and then we got down to business. During all of our sessions, she gave clear explanations and worked out problems with me step by step. She's passionate about her work, and she has a nice balance of hands-on and hands-off in her approach to tutoring. So whether you're completely lost, a tad bit confused, or ready to take it to the next level, call her! You will not be disappointed!!

  • Joyce Zaballero

    If it wasn't for Gloria I would not have been able to pass my teacher exams. I am not a test taker and had to retake the math portion of the exam many times but Gloria came to the rescue! She is very enthusiastic about math. She listened to my fears and helped me practice ways to manage my nerves and keep going during testing. As a now fellow teacher, I want to say that Gloria is caring, patient, and passionate about what she does to help students of all ages learn and be best they can be. :) Thank you, Gloria! The kiddos (and adults!) are lucky to have you. :)

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Phone/Video Conversation

I begin each tutoring relationship by seeking to understand parents’ and students’ goals for academic and social-emotional skills. Then, I share more about who I am and how I can help meet their needs. If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule a 1-hour intro session.

2. Intro Session - Diagnostic + Debrief

The two-part intro session comprises of a diagnostic evaluation and debrief, and it is designed to achieve multiple objectives. In addition to improving math skills, I assess and document the student’s current levels through activities that don’t feel like quizzes. Then, I share this info with parents, provide my recommendations, and answer their questions about their child and the school system, incl. state standards.

3. Action Planning + Documentation

I partner with the family to create an action plan that covers goals, skill targets, session length, type, and frequency, and other important members on the student’s team. I create and share a personalized Google Drive folder that houses lesson plans, student progress notes, resources, and more.

4. Ongoing Partnership

I update the student’s folder after each session to maintain continuous, transparent communication about progress and next steps. As I learn more about the student’s interests, hobbies, and learning style, I incorporate them into my planning.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

USC - B.S. Business Administration

LMU - M.A. Urban Education

LMU - Math Teaching Credential (California)

Upon graduating from USC, I served as a high school mathematics teacher in Los Angeles. In my first year of teaching, my students broke our school’s records for math achievement on standardized tests - including a 90% pass rate for the CAHSEE math and an average 2.5 years of growth for my 140+ math students. I later served as an Operations Manager for Green Dot Public Schools, where I managed $3.1M in annual funds for the school nutrition programs for 22 schools.

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Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Due to the challenging circumstances caused by COVID-19, I offer online 1-on-1 and small group sessions at reduced rates of $20-$40/hour.

Private - 1-on-1
1 hour/week = $40/hour
2-3 hours/week = $35/hour
4+ hours/week = $30/hour

Small Group - up to 3 students
1 hour/week = $30/hour
2-3 hours/week = $25/hour
4+ hours/week = $20/hour
Session duration is flexible from 0.75 - 3 hours, depending on needs.

Families with multiple children requesting 1-on-1 sessions may combine hours for a discounted rate.

What types of students have you worked with?

For math and other academic subjects, I have worked with students in upper elementary grades and in all high school grades while teaching and tutoring in a professional capacity after college. Before earning my degrees, I also tutored while in high school and college.

I believe students of all ages and levels can benefit from individualized instruction from a qualified and dedicated tutor. My goal is to reach students earlier rather than later to ensure that, instead of falling behind, they are equipped with the confidence and skills to excel into the future.

*I have also taught and coached dance to children and adults ages 3 - 28. :)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

1. Find someone who will be your student’s cheerleader.

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” - TR

A strong tutor will build your student up, get to know them as an individual, and create empowering learning experiences for them.

2. Decide whether you want the traditional tutoring approach or more.

In the traditional approach, students and tutors sit side-by-side with pencils and paper, reviewing textbook homework/test problems. The student mostly watches and listens to the tutor solving the problem. It’s a little boring, but hey, it’s simple for the tutor.

In contrast, using my Math x Motion approach, my students rarely sit still. We use colors, tools, art, music, and exercises to learn math. Of course, it requires an equal amount of time prepping as time spent with students, but the results are worth it. I am great with the traditional approach, but I can, and will, do more.

3. Seek accountability measures.

If you are investing time and resources into a tutoring partnership, make sure that you feel comfortable and aligned with the tutor on how you will track progress and communicate.

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