To say there’s an ongoing need for graduates who are proficient in math and science may be one of the great understatements of the day. With that in mind, Sahar Nasr has set out to do something about helping those who may be struggling at the high school and college level.
Her company, Math Plus Tutors, is a new business geared to helping students improve in a structured environment. She has offices at 805 N. Christina Street, located diagonally from the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. The company website is at www.mathplustutors.ca.
What sets Nasr’s business apart is the focus on high school and college level students, an area she says is underserved in Sarnia-Lambton. “Most of the existing businesses tend to cater to the elementary grades but I saw the need to help more students at the high school level and even at college,” she says.
Nasr has already been tutoring privately for about three years before starting her business.
She says it’s very important to reach students who have the need for improving their math and science skills early in the school year, something that doesn’t always happen.
Nasr has about 12 employees she can call on as the demand grows. Her team is made up of certified teachers and highly qualified professionals with “exceptional credentials,” which she says also distinguishes Math Plus Tutors.
“We’re hoping to attract students who really want the help when it comes to learning, not just improving their marks,” she says. “These are skills that they will use for a lifetime, not just at college or university but throughout their career.”
Nasr, who is originally from Egypt, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering before coming to Canada more than 20 years ago.
As an international student, she studied an additional five years at Western University, earning a doctorate in physics.
Today, she and her husband have four children, two of whom are in university. They also have two who are at the high school level.
And yes, all are good in math and science.
“It’s in their blood,” she laughs.
When it comes to her focus on Math Plus Tutors, Nasr is decidedly passionate about helping as many students as possible, especially special needs students.
The approach she takes at Math Plus Tutors includes doing an assessment of what a student’s level is currently and measuring the gaps between what they know and what they need to focus on to succeed.
But that doesn’t mean she’ll be doing the work for the students she and her staff take on.
“It’s hard work. There’s no substitute for that,” she says.
Nasr is clearly passionate about the subject of math and hopes that love will become infectious.