Managing your child’s budget: Movie theater hacks, Money-saving apps, and more

Every day across the country, a student runs out of monthly mobile data. With a part-time job and/or full-time school on the schedule, the young adult must make a crucial decision: purchase more data or be able to afford more fro-yo this weekend?

These financial decisions seem insignificant to parents (who shoulder essential family expenses). But student activity on weekends can be boiled down to just a few predictable expenses, i.e. shopping, going to the movies, driving around with friends. Yes, just driving. The rising cost of these relatively cheap pastimes make life difficult for students who aren’t able to directly outsource these costs to their parents’ credit card.

Our schools aren’t exactly making life easier, either. Data shows that in 31 states, local government spending on schools fell even after the recession ended from 2008-2014. Adjusted for inflation, students are still getting duped out of funding.

While counties divert money away from schools, families have had to scrape harder to find alternative methods of tutoring, and in some cases, having the students find jobs to make ends meet.

However, students are evolving when it comes to making money and having fun. In the age of information and technological innovation, parents are also finding new ways to save money and track their youngsters’ spending habits. We might be a bunch of online math tutors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show you a few more budget hacks we’ve picked up as poor millennials:

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How to avoid using the Internet to cheat (and still get the answer!)

Everybody knows that on a moral level, cheating isn’t looked favorably upon. If you get caught, the severity of consequences depends on the culture and level of your school.

But have students turned the other cheek due to rising stress levels?

According to a report on ethics in the American Youth, 57 percent of teenagers stated that in order to be successful, people must do whatever it takes. Even cheating. The financial pressures to get ahead (or just to graduate on time) may play a factor. It might also be more convenient than ever to use technology as a means to cheat.

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Why aren’t more students meditating?

Meditation Middle School
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 6: Students from the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School take part in a meditation session during class Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post)

According to a psychological study on American teenagers, 27% reported experiencing “extreme stress” during the school year. 34% of teens expect to feel even more stressed in the coming year.

Many stress management strategists have given suggestions to reduce these rising numbers, ranging from physical relaxation stimulus to sleep efficiency. As online math tutors, we hear from stressed-out students every day. Yup is a unique mobile tutoring app that helps you battle homework anxiety. Technology, combined with healthy studying and lifestyle habits, can all reduce stress. But there’s one often overlooked factor:


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Tennis Player Serves Up Pre-Calc With MathCrunch

Each week we feature a student who has used MathCrunch to help with homework and other daily problem solving. Meet:


Junior, Kings High School

Favorite subject: AP American Government

Least favorite: Chemistry

Extracurriculars: Varsity tennis, Recycling Club, National Honors Society

Favorite App: The ESPN app

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Teaching through compassion and patience: A MathCrunch tutor story

Math is a global language — one that our tutors speak fluently. We feature the people who work around the clock to make sure students get the explanations they need in any situation. Meet:


School/Alma mater: California State University, San Marcos 2009

Favorite area of study: Mathematics

Other than tutoring, what hats do you wear?

Former high school math teacher, runner, pianist, senior tutor, new mother

Favorite non-MC app: Word Crack

How would you describe your teaching style?

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Tech as a middle-man: A young film director’s story

Each week we profile bright, resourceful students who have used EdTech for math homework help. Meet:

Ryan S.

Freshman, Ventura High School

Favorite subject: English

Least favorite subject: Physics

I’m an avid cyclist and cello player but my main focus the last year or so has been filmmaking.

Favorite app: My favorite/ most used app is without a doubt Pandora because no matter what I’m doing, I love having it on to offer a little bit of non-visual inspiration and stimulation.

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Student Spotlight: Nick Elleman’s Explaining, Not Answering

Meet one of MathCrunch’s students:

Nick Elleman

Junior, Conner High School

Favorite subject? AP Chemistry;Least favorite? English.

Extracurriculars? I play lots of tennis. I practice every day!

Favorite App? Twitter. I love interacting with all my friends in a fast way!

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Back 2 School with MathCrunch

I know it’s a little early for back to school posts, but here at MathCrunch we like to be prepared. More importantly, we want you to be prepared. Not only do we have tutors waiting for you whenever you get stuck on a math problem, but we’ve ALSO come up with these super useful tips to help you start your school year off right. WE CARE! Enjoy this back 2 school special!

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